Recently I have been hearing some comments - online and in neighborhoods - about a perceived lack of transparency by the city of Robbinsdale, including city staff and the City Council. These are particularly frustrating to me, given that our system of government is designed for accessibility and, yes, transparency. But it’s important to take these comments seriously, and I wanted to add some facts to help clarify the issue for everyone’s benefit.

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A long overdue post! Last fall the city hired a professional market and research firm, the Morris Leatherman Company, to conduct a resident survey. They followed industry standard protocols to return a ‘statistically significant’ result. The full results can be seen on this document from the city website, and by nearly all accounts residents are very happy living in Robbinsdale. A few of the highlights are below. General Quality of Life Issues This level of satisfaction rates above the average for communities in the Metropolitan Area suburbs for quality of life issues.

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#A Flurry of Development The last 12 months have seen a tremendous increase in redevelopment projects in Robbinsdale, with more likely to come in future years. Redevelopment and changes in a community often bring questions and concern along for the ride, and rightfully so. There have been several recurring questions raised lately and I thought I would help answer some of them, with the most misunderstood first on the list.

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Snowy Robbinsdale

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wicked News

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.

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Pat Backen

The People, Issues and events of Robbinsdale

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