Imagining a new Hennepin Avenue

Lowry Hill hosting design charette for Hennepin and Lyndale corridor

LOWRY HILL — Southwest and Downtown residents will gather to discuss improvements to the intersection of Lyndale and Hennepin avenues April 26 at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave.

Organizers of the Hennepin and Lyndale Civic Corridor Design Charrette argue the area between Dunwoody Boulevard and Franklin Avenue should form a beautiful and pedestrian-friendly gateway to Downtown, but instead is covered in asphalt and dominated by automobiles.

Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (formerly Lowry Hill Residents, Inc.) co-hosts the meeting with Citizens for a Loring Park Community and the Minneapolis chapter of American Institute of Architects Minnesota. The meeting is open to the public.

Participants will discuss both short-term improvements to the corridor and long-term plans to redesign the avenues. There will be presentations on the city’s recent streetcar feasibility study as well as future plans to expand the Lowry Hill Tunnel.

The charrette runs from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., beginning with an hour-long overview of key issues followed by two hours of workshops. It ends with summary presentations during a light lunch at noon. There is an optional pre-charrette tour of the site from 8 a.m.–9 a.m.