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.
I talk to a lot of people about Robbinsdale – co-workers primarily, but lots of other folks too. My family is pretty tired of it actually, but I never hesitate to ask people if they have been to one of our great restaurants, Hackenmueller’s, or any number of the other fantastic places in town. My informal poll has told me two things – anyone that has been here loves our downtown, and our city pride is well known.
Being an engaged citizen of Robbinsdale, I am certain you are aware that the City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month. And after the first meeting of each month, the council has been holding a regular work session. Work session’s differ from regular Council meetings in a number of ways – they are far less formal than regular meetings for one, and they allow council members to discuss ideas or concerns that may have popped up, but don’t require “official” action like a new ordinance or approval of funding.