Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

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Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Postby MNdible » February 14th, 2017, 2:20 pm

Yep, turns out that Minneapolis hasn't yet figured out how to warp the time-space continuum. Things still take up space.

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Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Postby grant1simons2 » February 14th, 2017, 2:47 pm

Okay. There was really no need for that kind of snide remark when I just thought my city was better than building tear downs for street widening in 2017.

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Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Postby mister.shoes » February 14th, 2017, 2:59 pm

Looks to me like they're tearing it down more for the addition of the exit ramp from SB 35W.
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Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Postby EOst » February 14th, 2017, 3:01 pm

Hopefully the Good Grocer people were already aware of that when they renovated their building.

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Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Postby twincitizen » February 14th, 2017, 3:42 pm

I (and therefore Hennepin County and the City) have known since at least 2012 that the Good Grocer building was slated to be demolished. This isn't new information. It was basically the only significant taking of this entire project. There might be a couple houses or partial property acquisitions a little further up, but I'm fairly sure this is the sole commercial property affected by the project. As to whether the Good Grocer folks knew, I'd sure hope so, otherwise they did zero due diligence (or the property owner lied or failed to share that information with them).
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Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Postby MNdible » February 14th, 2017, 3:45 pm

grant1simons2 wrote:
February 14th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Okay. There was really no need for that kind of snide remark when I just thought my city was better than building tear downs for street widening in 2017.
Sorry. I'm just saying there are a lot of legitimate uses jockeying for very limited space here. Something's gotta give.

Trading important regional priorities for a tired commercial building (regardless of how precious the business renting there is) is a really good swap. No hand wringing necessary.

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Re: Orange Line (35W BRT) & Lake St Transit Access Project

Postby twincitizen » March 14th, 2017, 11:31 am

No real news in the latest project update http://metroorangeline.cmail20.com/t/Vi ... 32AAFB68BF

The FTA issued a "Letter of No Prejudice", meaning the highway project and Lake St Station can begin construction. The 50% federal match for the specific Orange Line project (basically stations and buses, not the highway project) still has not been finalized. I think they're still waiting on $25MM from last year's failed bonding bill too.

Starting in August, preliminary highway work should be underway, with the massive disruptions to begin after the Superbowl in Feb. 2018


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