Victory Memorial Drive
Victory Memorial Drive, North Minneapolis’ unique commemoration of the 568 men and women of Hennepin County who served and died in World War I, is getting new investments to maintain its honor and distinction for future generations. In 2003, the Legislature created the Victory Memorial Drive Task Force, co-chaired by Commissioner Opat and Commissioner Stenglein. Already, the Task Force has extended the green space and led the restoration of the historic street grid. Plans for 2010 include building landmark gateway monuments at Lowry Avenue North and Humboldt Avenue North, redesigning and expanding the flagpole plaza, and adding lighting for the streets and parkway. Soon, when motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists approach Victory Memorial Drive, they will know exactly what they are entering – a living tribute to the soldiers and nurses of Hennepin County who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I.
We’ll post updates on the District 1 homepage as progress on this great project continues.
The Humboldt Greenway project in Minneapolis features a newly-created parkway setting with major improvements to Shingle Creek, landscaped medians, boulevards, new open space, a pedestrian mall and approximately 200 new single-family homes and townhomes.
Hennepin County has served as the project’s lead agency and its largest financial supporter. Hennepin Community Works has worked in close consultation with the Lind-Bohanon and the Shingle Creek Neighborhood Associations and a number of other public agencies to make this project a reality.
Shingle Creek Commons
This 75-unit Shingle Creek Commons retirement living community in Minneapolis offers both affordable and market-rate housing units in an array of sizes and amenities. Development of this multi-million dollar development in the Humboldt Greenway was made possible by private, public, and community partners, with funding from Hennepin County, Wells Fargo, the City of Minneapolis and the Neighborhood Revitalization Project.
Hennepin County Medical Center
The Hennepin County Medical Center has been repeatedly recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best hospitals. It is the third largest hospital in the Twin Cities, based on operating revenue, and records more than 440,000 patient visits annually to its hospital and clinics.
Commissioner Opat is a member of the Hennepin County Medical Center Governing Board, and has been a leader in an effort to reposition the hospital in light of massive state cuts.
Bottineau Light Rail Transit (Blue Line Extension)
Extending the Blue Line and improving transit service in Hennepin County’s heavily traveled northwestern suburbs will help reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption and pollution, spur development, shorten commuting time, and provide people with more access to jobs around the region. Commissioner Opat is chair of the Bottineau Policy Advisory Committee, a combination of public and private agencies and leaders formed to mobilize resources, align public policies and focus on new development opportunities within the Bottineau Boulevard corridor.
Preventing teen pregnancy
Commissioner Opat launched a pilot project toward teen pregnancy prevention efforts, for which he was awarded the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting (MOAPPP)'s Policymaker of the Year award in 2003.