The full council then approved the plan 10 2

redevelopment plan released

Kmart’s obstruction of Nicollet Avenue has long been considered one of the worst urban planning blunders in modern Minneapolis history. Opening the street has been a top priority for incoming city council member Lisa Bender.On Friday, the city released a redevelopment plan for the area.City officials have been locked in negotiations for years to convince a multitude of owners and lessees on the site to cooperate with the plan.”This is an optimistic step,” Bender said. ”It means that we’re still in active negotiations with the private property ownersIt’s evidence that those negotiations are moving forward and that we are getting ready to uk canada goose hopefully take partial canada goose clearance sale control of the site in the near future.”In a staff report, city staff said goals for the area include reconnecting Nicollet Avenue, improving access to Interstate 35W, promoting new transit options along Nicollet Avenue Canada Goose Coats On Sale and Lake Street, as well as eliminating blight. Future land uses could include mixed use buildings and high density residential buildings.UPDATE:Howard Riefs, director of communications for Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart, sent this statement:”While Kmart has been and continues to be committed to an open and fair dialogue with the City on this matter, we did not receive notification of the proposed redevelopment plan until today when it was released to the public. We will review the proposal and provide further comment in due course.”The Nicollet Lake closure was controversial from its beginnings in the mid 1970s, based on Star Tribune clippings. A redevelopment plan was canadian goose jacket initially approved in 1972 to improve buy canada goose jacket the troubled area and millions of dollars in bonds were sold to acquire and clear land. Then the city desperately needed a tenant.In 1976, Kmart demanded cheap Canada Goose that Nicollet be closed in order to build their store, a proposition that ”generated intense neighborhood opposition,” according to one news article. ”The people in my canada goose neighborhood don’t want Nicollet Ave. closed, and we don’t canada goose uk black friday want K Mart if that’s what it involves,” a service station owner named Carl Brown said at a community canada goose coats on sale meeting.The article about that community meeting summed up the pressure on the council: ”Aldermen Earl Netwal and Tom Ogdahl admitted that the city is in a canada goose uk shop bind over the development. The land was cleared years ago, the city is losing taxable property, business have shown little interest in building there canada goose black friday sale and the one large firm that is interested Kmart won’t build unless Canada Goose Parka Nicollet Ave.The City Council’s community development committee ultimately deadlocked in a 2 2 vote. The full council then approved the plan 10 2. Canada Goose Jackets ”I have 34,000 people in my ward who won’t have to drive to the suburbs,” said Alderman Keith Ford, who was ”very pleased” with the outcome.Soon after, Mayor Charlie Stenvig ”refused Canada Goose Outlet to sign but did Canada Goose online not veto” the council resolution because he was not completely behind it, according to another artcle. By doing so, he allowed the Kmart and SuperValu grocery store to move forward. The delay in locating an anchor tenant had ”cost the city about $4.8 million more than was originally anticipated,” the article said.The new redevelopment plan for Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue will be heard at a planning commission committee of the whole meeting next Thursday.Top photo: Lake Street and 1st Avenue, 1972 and today. Middle photo: ”Nicollet block closed to allow store construction,” July 1977. Canada Goose Online Bottom right: Henry Henriksen letter to the editor, May 1976.

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