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Light Rail Transit

Transit-oriented development (TOD) work update

Hennepin County is partnering with the City of Brooklyn Park to help plan for future improvements and economic development opportunities related to the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. As part of this effort, the city is developing zoning strategies to support the long-range planning and development visions created by communities during the station area planning process for the half mile area around each planned station.

Schedule for reviewing the draft plans

The Planning Commission and City Council are currently scheduled to review the draft plan on the following dates:

  • Planning Commission, June 13
  • City Council first reading, June 25 
  • City Council second reading, July 9

All dates are tentative and may change. See the council and commissions agendas to the most up-to-date information.

Final TOD zoning code draft 

Draft TOD zoning code boundaries (MAP)

 

TOD Schedule
 

What is TOD?

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is development that promotes walkability and incorporates a mixture of uses such as office, retail, and residential. The goal of TOD is to make areas easily accessible and walkable.

Why is the City doing this work?

Ensuring equitable and high quality development along the LRT line is a priority. Different TOD tools help to ensure development along the line maximizes the LRT investment and benefits to Brooklyn Park residents and businesses.

What options are the City exploring?

There are several ways to regulate TOD. TOD zoning can regulate parking standards, desired building materials, and density standards.

Where is the TOD work going to be applied?

The TOD work will be applied within half mile of the 5 station areas in Brooklyn Park. The new code will focus on properties identified in the station area planning process as areas likely to redevelop. Existing single family residential neighborhoods will be excluded from the zoning work as the city want.

Joint City Council-Planning Commission work session held on April 18, 2018 (PDF)

Joint City Council-Planning Commission Work Session March 5, 2018 (PDF)

Draft Housing Gaps Analysis (PDF)

Draft Station Area Development Assessment (PDF)

Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) Community Workshops

Join the City of Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) and African Career, Education, and Resource, Inc. (ACER) in guiding the future redevelopment of the 85th Avenue Station area! This exciting conversation about the future LRT station near NHCC brings together designers, development experts, and community members to explore what's possible at these special sites.

We encourage participants to attend all four events if interested!

All events are free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided by request only; contact us one week in advance.

Gretchen Nicholls
Twin Cities LISC
651-265-2280
Email Gretchen Nicholls

Workshop I: Gather Information

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi Room, 8500 West Broadway Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

Questions we'll answer: What is important and unique about the 85th Avenue Station area? What are the concerns about future development? What can be achieved through development?

Workshop II: Development Opportunities, The Block Exercise

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi Room, 8500 West Broadway Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

Join your neighbors in an interactive workshop to create feasible development scenarios for two key sites near the 85th Avenue Station area.

Workshop III: Developer Discussion

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi Room, 8500 West Broadway Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

Explore the opportunities and challenges of development with a panel of developers and market consultants to build a strategic road map for the future of the 85th Avenue Station area.

Workshop IV: Framing Recommendations 

Thursday August 9, 2018
Note the location changed to: Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N, Brooklyn Park

Contribute to the creation of development recommendations for the sites located near the 85th Avenue Station area, which will be submitted to the City Council and Planning Commission.

More information

Jennifer Jordan
City of Brooklyn Park
Email Jennifer Jordan

Gretchen Nicholls
Twin Cities LISC
651-265-2280
Email Gretchen Nicholls

View the Draft Development Guidelines for the 85th Ave Station Area

Visit Corridor Development Initiative

Brooklyn Boulevard Pedestrian Demonstration Project 

Hennepin County, the City of Brooklyn Park, Cub Foods, Starlite Shopping Center, ACER, La Asamblea, and CAPI have partnered to install a temporary pedestrian demonstration project at the Starlite Shopping Center at West Broadway and Brooklyn Boulevard. 

Brooklyn_Blvd_Ped_Demo

The project will install a temporary, protected pedestrian/bicycle pathway from 76th Avenue North through the parking lot to Cub Foods.

The demonstration project will be in place from June 21 through August 31.

Purpose

The purpose of the demonstration project is to see if these changes improve pedestrian and bicyclists’ experience and safety.  Many residents in the area do not own cars and a demonstration projects are a great tool to test out what improvements should be made in the area.

Kick-off event

The project kick-off event is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. with food, games, and art activities at the Cub Foods parking lot.

West Broadway

West Broadway will also be getting a facelift! West Broadway will be reconstructed into a multi-modal corridor that is safe and comfortable for pedestrians, the train, and automobiles. The process includes narrowing the road, adding trails and landscaping improvements, new lighting features, and a new residential fence. The City of Brooklyn Park in partnership with Hennepin County, Blue Line Project staff, two consulting firms, and business owners and residents of Brooklyn Park created the West Broadway Design Manual. The new manual will guide the implementation of design elements and streetscape improvements.

This image that shows the landscaping improvements, new residential fence and trail.

West Broadway light rail station concept

More information on station areas

Download the Brooklyn Park Station Area Planning Presentation November 4, 2015 (PDF)

Visit Bottineau Corridor Community Works

West Broadway Design Manual

The West Broadway Design Manual is here!

The City of Brooklyn Park in collaboration with Hennepin County, Blue Line Project staff, two consulting firms and business owners and residents of Brooklyn Park have created a comprehensive design manual to guide the implementation of design elements and helps with decision making about public investment in the West Broadway Avenue corridor. Along with LRT, West Broadway will be getting a face lift and transformed into a multi-modal transit corridor. Once complete transit users, pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles can all comfortably use the corridor.

West Broadway light rail design conceptWest Broadway light rail design concept

West Broadway light rail design concept

The design manual is meant to guide thinking about streetscape elements along West Broadway on:

  • Lighting
  • Landscaping
  • Seating and other street furnishings
  • Fencing
  • Pavement options

Read the West Broadway Design Manual (PDF)

Project overview

The proposed METRO Blue Line Extension project will bring light rail transit to the northwest communities of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro as early as 2022.

Route

The line will travel 13 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis. The train will travel from Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis through Golden Valley before heading north along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad corridor into Robbinsdale, Crystal and the 63rd Avenue station in Brooklyn Park.  From there, the trail will move onto West Broadway Avenue through Brooklyn Park before ending north of Trunk Highway 610 at the Oak Grove Parkway station.

Stations

The route includes 11 LRT stations with five stations in Brooklyn Park, which include:

  • Oak Grove Parkway and West Broadway
  • 93rd Avenue North and West Broadway
  • 85th Avenue North and West Broadway
  • Brooklyn Boulevard and West Broadway
  • 63rd Avenue North and Highway 81

Ridership

The line is expected to carry 27,000 riders daily by 2030.

Connecting rail and bus lines

Once complete, it will connect the region's northwest communities to:

  • LRT on the METRO Green Line
  • Future LRT on the METRO Green Line extension (Southwest LRT)
  • Bus rapid transit on the METRO Red Line
  • Northstar commuter rail line
  • Local and express bus routes

The increased transportation connectivity will provide access to employment, educational and entertainment opportunities for residents of Brooklyn Park.

Timeline

2017

Engineering phase begins, includes completion of all design and engineering plans.

2019

Project receives a full funding grant agreement from the FTA, authorizing the federal government to provide funding for the project.

2019 to 2021

Construction.

2022

The Blue Line Extension begins passenger operations.

Tour the proposed route

More information on the light rail project

Visit Metropolitan Council's METRO Blue Line Extension

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to City Hall

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 
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