Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works Strategic Investment Framework

By robb, July 19, 2008 6:52 pm

Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works
Strategic Investment Framework

In 2008 Hennepin County Community Works launched a multi-year process to develop a Strategic Investment Framework for the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Corridor to guide county, city, and other revitalization investments. These capital investment decisions will be community driven and based on a close collaboration among all stakeholders.

A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) served as the “steward” of the community involvement process and worked directly with the consulting team that the County hired to develop the Framework.  This process included an extensive stakeholder engagement effort to gather perspectives and guidance through neighborhood listening sessions and other activities, supported by the CAC.   Corridor issues, solutions, and desired outcomes emerged through this community input and from information in existing corridor plans and data.

Strategic Investment Framework

The result is a corridor Strategic Investment Framework that reflects community priorities for a unique and valued sense of place. The Strategic Investment Framework includes the following four components:

Copies of these reports are available through this website and at several locations in the corridor area.

Community Works Principles

Hennepin County Community Works investments are based on the following principles:

  • Strengthen communities through connections
  • Maintain and improve natural systems
  • Build bridges for effective planning and implementation
  • Stimulate employment development
  • Enhance the tax base

Examples of Community Works Capital Investments

The following are examples of County capital investments in other corridor revitalization efforts that support those principles.

  • Develop pedestrian and bike trail connections and stabilize and enhance neighborhood property values and employment base.
  • Acquire substandard properties, to be replaced with “aging-in-place” housing, greenspace, and connections to schools and waterways.
  • Acquire properties to allow roadway redesign to include transit, pedestrian, and bike improvements and facilitate mixed-use redevelopment at key intersections.
  • Install utility infrastructure to enable development of higher density residential and job centers near planned high-frequency transit stations.


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