Technical Assistance Panel for MnDOT: Healthy Communities Initiative

Technical Assistance Panel for MnDOT: Healthy Communities Initiative

img_1601ULI Minnesota completed its biggest and most complex Technical Assistance Panel on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Under the leadership of Commissioner Charlie Zelle, MnDOT approached ULI MN with a 21st century strategy for how interstates could be rebuilt to restore connections in adjacent neighborhoods and foster new growth opportunities on MnDOT right of way. This strategy involves constructing “lids” above the roadway and preparing freeway embankments to support development. MnDOT invited ULI MN to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel to analyze whether private sector investment would generate sufficient revenue to pay for building “lids” and other improvements and what steps MnDOT might take to make these projects a reality. ULI MN was uniquely qualified for this task through its interdisciplinary membership of professionals working in real estate, law, architecture and finance who volunteer their time and talent to help solve complex real estate and land use issues. Our panelists were excited to contribute to MnDOT’s forward-thinking approach to rebuilding interstates, and ULI MN is proud of the resulting report.

Healthy Communities Initiative Report and Materials

Healthy Communities Initiative Executive Summary
Healthy Communities Initiative Full Report
Healthy Communities Initiative Presentation
Appendix A: References in the Report
Appendix B: JLL – Influences and Economics of Urban Planning
Appendix C: Metropolitan Design Center – Lid Case Studies
Appendix D: Metropolitan Design Center – Health and Economic Value
Appendix E: Metropolitan Design Center – Lid Projects
Appendix F: Metropolitan Design Center – Prototypical Lid Diagrams

Press Related to the “Healthy Communities Initiative”

MinnPost – Panel: Land bridges would offer rare chance to reinvest in places torn apart by development in Twin Cities
MinnPost – Reconciling with Rondo: could an I-94 ‘land bridge’ help heal a 50-year-old civic scar?
Star Tribune – Land bridge could transform a section of I-94 in St. Paul