Lyndale streetscape plan near creek goes to neighborhoods

A conglomerate organization of four Southwest neighborhoods — Windom, Kenny, Lynnhurst and Tangletown — has finished its Lyndale Avenue streetscape-improvement plan.

The group — known as Lyndale Avenue South Renewal Creek to Crosstown (LASRCC) — is designing ways to enhance the pedestrian experience and safety on Lyndale Avenue. Participating neighborhoods border Lyndale from West 46th Street to the Crosstown Highway.

Group chairwoman Mary Ubl said the project offers broad recommendations for the large Lyndale thoroughfare, such as adding community gardens and greenspace.

Ubl said it also offers specific suggestions.

For example, she said the group recommends that Walgreens, 5415 Lyndale Ave. S., use their pedestrian space on Lyndale Avenue for a type of community garden. Ubl said another recommendation specified redesign of the mismatched newspaper racks in front of Starbucks, 5351 Lyndale Ave. S.

The group is now bringing the plan out to neighborhood groups and hopes to incorporate their plan into Hennepin County’s Lyndale Avenue reconstruction plan, set for 2006.

The streetscape planning project cost just under $15,000; Windom, Tangletown and Lynnhurst kicked in $2,500 each, with Kenny paying the remaining $7,500.

The group of residents worked with businesses and property owners and contracted with Short, Elliott and Hendrickson (SEH), traffic and streetscapping architecture and design consultants.

Ubl said the group’s next focus would be a city traffic study of Lyndale Avenue and Highway 121, with talks set to begin in July. Residents and other property owners can get involved by calling their City Councilmember (either Barret Lane, 673-2213 or Scott Benson, 673-2211) or Ubl at 825-5620.

For more information about LASRCC, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward13/lyndale_av_s_renewal-creek-to-crosstown.asp.