Minnehaha Creek will be getting big improvements

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2011 - 11:24 AM

$15 million deal will improve 1,000 feet of degraded shoreline and redevelop an old industrial site.

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AnondsonSep. 28, 1110:40 PM

This will be AWESOME! Teardown of a blight of a building. A building that is so near the creek it is causing erosion and quality problems. Restoration of the creekside. New creekside parklands in a very low income neighborhood. And eventual creek-appropriate development when the light rail station is built. Looks like Pizza Luce picked a plum of a site when they built their new restaurant. This will be a prime site in a few years which will return the most of the investment the district is putting in, I predict. Creekside, across from a light rail station. W00t!

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bloominsmithSep. 28, 1111:30 PM

Wow. No recession here. $15 million. From who? That's a lot of money. Were people able to get around the "erosion" from that building before?

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ruphinaSep. 28, 1111:30 PM

There is no way it will ever return the investment. Dollars to donuts, whatever eventually gets developed there will get TIF tax treatment. Until then the new parkland will be an ideal spot for drug deals, and any canoer/kayaker dumb enough to park a car there better leave no valuables inside, and have good insurance. And some of us thought there was a recession- $15 million would buy a lot of foodshelf items. Bill G.

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armi0020Sep. 29, 1112:01 AM

$15 million is a lot of money, you say? What;s that equal to...? About what we've been spending on Afghanistan+Irag every ~10 minutes for the past 10 years.

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ekholmSep. 29, 1112:04 AM

My ever increasing watershed district taxes (proposed increase of 7.4% this year) are going up to fund projects such as this. Instead the land owners that cause the problems should be fixing them.

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FrankieSep. 29, 11 6:22 AM

More property going off the tax roles and has to be picked up by the rest of the land owners.

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SupervonSep. 29, 11 6:28 AM

Somebody unloaded buildings at a premium price - oh- right after a campaign contribution. Isn't that just handy?

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kevinm1Sep. 29, 11 6:28 AM

Good to hear, sorry to you that think it's a waste but it's not about you. Look outside the Fox and enjoy life

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wunderdudeSep. 29, 11 7:00 AM

$15 MILLION for 1,000 ft of "creek shoreline"? Don't let anyone be fooled in this economy, government still has plenty of money, despite all the whining.

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joe_mnSep. 29, 11 7:27 AM

Someone will pay for it. Might be tax money now but business owners will pay for it later and they pass the cost onto consumers. That's us you know.

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