Bottineau Community Works

Collaborative corridor planning for the METRO Blue Line LRT Extension

To prepare for the planned METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau) light rail transit project, Hennepin County is partnering with cities in the northwest metro to identify and pursue community and economic development opportunities.

Through the Bottineau Community Works program, Hennepin County and cities in the Bottineau corridor (Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Minneapolis, and Robbinsdale) are making policy and infrastructure improvements that benefit our communities.

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Current activities

Community survey and feedback sessions

As cities and communities continue to prepare for the opportunities of the planned METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT), Hennepin County Bottineau Community Works partners want to hear about your community and economic development priorities moving forward. 

Hear about completed work and share your priorities for the future

The cities of Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Minneapolis and Robbinsdale have been working in collaboration with Hennepin County on a variety of recent planning efforts, such as:

  • Identifying gaps for people walking, biking, and rolling near stations
  • Analyzing housing needs and opportunities
  • Guiding future development through planning and zoning changes
  • Developing wayfinding plans
  • Helping local businesses access resources

You are invited to learn more and share your feedback at three upcoming community sessions. 

Community feedback sessions

Wednesday, February 19
6-8 pm
Brooklyn Park City Hall, council chambers
5200 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Thursday, February 20

6-8 pm
Robbinsdale City Hall
4100 Lakeview Avenue North
Robbinsdale, MN 55422

Thursday, February 27
6-8 pm
Harrison Recreation Center, multipurpose room
503 North Irving Avenue 
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Online survey

You can also share your feedback through an online survey.

Take the survey now


Joan Vanhala
Community engagement coordinator


Cultivate Bottineau

Cultivate Bottineau

Cultivate Bottineau: Culture, Community, and Commerce was a collaborative effort to activate spaces, build connections, celebrate diversity, and promote opportunity through local artist-led creative placemaking projects in the Bottineau Corridor. Supported by the McKnight Foundation, this project was coordinated by Hennepin County Bottineau Community Works and Springboard for the Arts in partnership with the cities of Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park, and other community partners from January 2018 to October 2019. 

Some highlights:

  • Over 200 local artists were engaged, from a few hours at an information session or an art activity, to over dozens of hours to create a large commission.
  • The nearly 50 lead artists worked with another 50 artists.
  • Over 50% of the lead artists are artists of color.
  • Nearly 50 collaborators worked with local artists.
  • Over 4800 community members attended, participated in, or encountered a local artist-led project activity. This does not include people who view permanent projects
    (installations, murals) as they pass by.

Learn more on the Cultivate Bottineau website.

Check out Cultivate Bottineau on Instagram or Twitter.

Stay tuned for the upcoming final report! 

Preparing businesses

Preparing businesses for light rail 

The planned METRO Blue Line Extension will connect customers, employees and investment to area businesses. To help businesses prepare for light rail, Hennepin County is working with several local organizations to provide free technical assistance to businesses near the planned LRT route.

Local businesses can access free one-on-one individualized consulting tailored to your specific business and needs. 

Services offered include:

  • Accounting and record keeping
  • Budgeting 
  • Financial and business analysis
  • Business plan development
  • Financial planning
  • Marketing and branding
  • Website and social media
  • And much more

View the business resource list

To access these services, contact:

Denise Butler
African Career, Education and Resource (ACER)

Natalia Halls
Neighborhood Development Center (NDC)

Anna Schmiel
Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)

Corridor documents

Reports and plans

Station area pre-planning study

Program partners

Bottineau corridor cities

  • Minneapolis
  • Golden Valley
  • Crystal
  • Robbinsdale
  • Brooklyn Park

Agency partners

  • Blue Line Coalition
  • Connect Blue Line Now Coalition
  • Metropolitan council
  • Metro Transit
  • Three Rivers Park District
  • Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Urban Land Institute Minnesota
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