Bass Lake Road Streetscape Project
Crystal is one of five corridor cities along the METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) that is proposed to stretch from downtown Minneapolis through the cities of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park where the line will terminate north of Hwy. 610. The Bottineau LRT will have 11 stations, one of which is located in the City of Crystal in the southwest quadrant of the County Rd. 10 (Bass Lake Rd.) and County Rd. 81 (Bottineau Blvd.) intersection. After several community meetings, a station area plan was completed in 2016. One of the concepts that emerged from those community meetings was the proposed reconstruction of the streetscape along Bass Lake Rd. including replacing some of the existing streetscape with parallel on-street parking to create a "Main Street" feel. The Station Area Plan may be viewed here.
The city has embarked on the next step: developing a more specific, detailed design based on the concept from the 2016 Station Area Plan. Hennepin County has agreed to fund half of the project cost. The city's half will come from the Economic Development Authority and an expiring Tax Increment Financing district (no General Fund dollars).
A design workshop was held on June 22, 2017. Here are the materials from that meeting:
Workshop Posters (text)
Workshop Boards 1-2 (Existing Conditions)
Workshop Boards 3-5 (Inventory and Opportunities)
Workshop Boards 6-7 (Proposed Redesign)
The city staff contact for this project is Community Development Director John Sutter at (763) 531-1130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.