Hennepin County: 

Community meeting on newly completed LRT station area plans

A meeting on June 4 will offer the first chance for the public to see new station area plans for the proposed METRO Blue Line extension, also known as Bottineau LRT. The plans cover neighborhoods within a half-mile – about a 10-minute walk – of four proposed LRT stations in North Minneapolis and Golden Valley. Two are along Olson Memorial Highway at Van White Boulevard and at Penn Avenue, and two are on the east side of Theodore Wirth Park at Plymouth Avenue and at Golden Valley Road.

The meeting will take place at Harrison Neighborhood Park and Community Center, 503 Irving Avenue North in Minneapolis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a presentation from 6p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by an open house from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

The station area plans are the result of a nine-month effort, which included monthly meetings with community working groups for each station area, and two previous public meetings. “June 4 is an opportunity for us to share planning work that has been done so far, and to let people know about what happens next,” says Darlene Walser, a planner with Hennepin County.

The Blue Line extension is currently scheduled to open in 2021. It will be 13 miles long, with 11 stations in Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley and Minneapolis. 

“The community working groups helped us gather an enormous amount of information and some great ideas,” says Walser. “All of this will be valuable as we move forward with the project.” She points out that the development process works on two tracks. “One is designing and building the LRT line, which is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Council. The other is Hennepin County continuing to work with the cities of Minneapolis and Golden Valley to ensure that local communities can make the most of this new transit service.”

For more information or to request special assistance to attend this meeting, such as translations, contact bottineau@hennepin.us or Denise Engen at 612-348-4454. For information on the METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) project, visit BlueLineExt.org.