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Southwest LRT Corridor Community Works Gets Private Developer Input to Lay the Groundwork for Development Opportunities

The Urban Land Institute Minnesota (ULI MN) hosted a three day workshop in November for the Southwest LRT Corridor Community Works to provide input on LRT infrastructure, orientation of station locations, and access to employment and community amenities.

With funding support from Living Cities, Twin Cities LISC, Minnesota Housing, and the Family Housing Fund, ULI MN facilitated the development scenario workshop which included a bus tour and dialogue with city representatives at five of the 17 station locations.This was followed by two days of detailed review by a panel of three national experts – Will Fleissig, Ian Carlton and Julian Pancoast from TransACT out of San Francisco – and four local development experts – Colleen Carey of the Cornerstone Group, John Breitinger of United Properties, Pat Mascia of Duke Realty, and Mark Ruff of Ehlers.Attendees included over 80 people – including Southwest Corridor city and county staff, metropolitan council staff, policy leaders, as well as engineering and design staff from the Southwest Corridor Project Office.The review provided a private market perspective related to key development opportunities, critical infrastructure improvements, and strengths and barriers of specific station areas related to the integration of land use and engineering.

The recommendations of the developer panel included both corridor-wide changes and specific station area considerations that need to be fully evaluated as part of the Environmental Impact Statement process and incorporated early into the Transitional Station Area Action Planning (TSAAP) process.With the Metropolitan Council entering into preliminary engineering, the time is now to make the necessary alignment and station changes to ensure maximum opportunity for private investment, ridership access and community benefits.

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The final report can be found on the Southwest LRT Corridor Community Works website.

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