Minneapolis Sustainability

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Residents can comment on Bassett Creek restoration

Residents can learn about and comment on a potential plan to turn a degraded ditch into a scenic creek, at a community meeting Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at Harrison Community Center, 503 Irving Ave. N.

The meeting will focus on a five-block section of Bassett Creek and the surrounding area, which includes the Minneapolis Impound Lot , 51 Colfax Ave. N. This area, once noted for its meandering stream with natural wetlands and native vegetation, was altered through efforts to straighten the creek to stop it from flooding homes and businesses.

Restoring the creek is a central element of the Bassett Creek Redevelopment Master Plan , a plan, created in 2000 and modified in 2006, to guide redevelopment of the 230-acre, largely industrial area of the city, bound by Cedar Lake Road, I-94, the Heritage Park redevelopment area and I-394. Information about restoring the creek is available in chapter four of the plan. More specific information on creek restoration will be available at the meeting.

Input will help the City, in partnership with Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, finalize a 10- to 15-year plan to restore the creek and develop a sustainable habitat and attractive open space.

The City received a $175,000 grant from the Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources to develop the restoration plan.

May 30, 2007

Published May 30, 2007