Updated: 04/25/2014 4:36 PM
Created: 04/25/2014 4:09 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
The Minneapolis City Council is another step closer to reopening Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street, they voted Friday to approve the Lake and Nicollet Redevelopment Plan.
The plan also makes improvements around Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis and addresses the revitalization of the commercial area.
“This is an important milestone in the ongoing work to reopen Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said. “'We have a tremendous opportunity to rework this area so it functions better for all transportation modes, including the future streetcar line.
“We disconnected two areas of South Minneapolis when we closed Nicollet at Lake Street, and now it’s time to bring them back together,” said City Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden. “This redevelopment plan will put us on the right path to open up Nicollet and make this area more prosperous.”
“This plan is one step toward reopening Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street and redeveloping surface parking lots into a walkable urban neighborhood,” said Council Member Lisa Bender, whose ward includes the blocks north of Lake Street. “This plan will help connect people to new transit opportunities, to Eat Street and to downtown.”
Nicollet Avenue was closed between 29th Street and Lake Street in the late 1970s so two city blocks could be joined together to make way for a retail development.
City officials say reconnecting Nicollet Avenue has been a priority for many years, and would improve the neighborhood and create better transportation connections.
The city says funding is not included in the redevelopment plan. Funding decisions would be made by the city council at a later date and through a separate process.
Get more information on reopening Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street here.