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

Share your priorities

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

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. 

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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.

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)

Station area plans

The area within a half-mile radius or a ten-minute walk of planned light rail transit stations is commonly referred to as the “station area.” Typically, this is where investments in transit infrastructure are expected to generate the greatest community opportunities and impacts. Most Bottineau Community Works program activities are focused on enhancements within station areas. Activities include:

  • Improving mobility and connections for people walking, biking and rolling
  • Increasing the impact of public and private investments in housing, commercial development and infrastructure
  • Creating economic opportunity through increased access to jobs, as well as business recruitment and development
  • Fostering healthy communities connected to regional services and amenities, educational institutions, public spaces and natural places

Map of planned station areas (PDF)

Minneapolis stations

Van White Boulevard

Penn Avenue station

Golden Valley/Minneapolis stations

Plymouth Avenue station

Golden Valley Road station

Robbinsdale station

42nd Avenue station

Crystal station

Bass Lake Road station

Brooklyn Park stations

63rd Avenue, Brooklyn Blvd, 85th Avenue, 93rd Avenue, Oak Grove Parkway stations

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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