This winter season has seen a number of Snow Emergencies - more than the last few (unless I have blocked them from my memory!) Overall, I think Robbinsdale does an extraordinary job clearing snow in a timely manner - much better than our neighboring cities (especially Minneapolis). With several Snow Emergencies called the last month, there have been a number of questions and complaints concerning the Robbinsdale Snow Emergency process, and I thought it might be good to give a high level overview.
Concept plans for Citizen’s Bank development Recently two different developers have brought proposals for apartments to the city. Both proposals are very early in the process and there are many, many details to be worked out before either of them break ground, and the possibility (although remote) that they do not move forward. Both buildings are for ‘market rate’ apartments, with final rents pending market studies conducted by each developer.
The news of a proposal for a grocery store at the Terrace Mall (36th and Bottineau Blvd) has spurred lots of conversation in social media and in person. There seem to be some misconceptions or assumptions being made about the city’s role in this proposal and development in general. Hopefully this will answer some questions. The Proposal To reiterate, this is a proposal. There are still many elements and details that need to be resolved before decisions are made.
Pulling into the back parking lot at 4165-4175 West Broadway sure didn’t feel much different. It’s been empty for a couple years now, and the trade mark white columns are a reminder of the former occupants long history at the site. But getting a quick tour of the empty interior held the potential for some dramatic changes along West Broadway. The Carlyle Group officially purchased the old TCF Bank building at 4165-4175 West Broadway on the morning of July 31st.
Looking North, towards West Broadway (Courtesy of Urban Design Associates) A light rail train pulls into the station and commuters hop out. They are greeted with a tree lined plaza and a walkway leading straight to downtown Robbinsdale, with restaurants, a brewery and tap room, the State’s best butcher shop, a locally owned furniture shop, and an antique consignment store a short walk away. The walkway, or “promenade”, extends across West Broadway to the “back door” of Nonna Rosa’s and Pig Ate My Pizza and extends both the downtown area and the possibility of even more small businesses popping up within walking distance of the light rail stop.
There has not been a lot of public information about the water main break since the second giant hole appeared on County Road 9 several weeks ago. This last week finally provided some answers on a number of fronts. The Joint Water Commission (a legal entity formed by the cities of Golden Valley, Crystal and New Hope) owns the pipe that broke and is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the pipe.
Each spring a group of kids from Christo Rey High School roll into businesses across the Metro area for a great opportunity in hands on learning. A portion of every week is spent in classrooms and traditional topics and learning. Then once or twice a week they spread out to 90 different companies for their Corporate Work Study program. There are a broad range of industries represented including technology, law firms, hospitals, insurance companies, utilities and many more.
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