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Mayor’s memo: Revitalizing the Old Shakopee Road and Old Cedar Avenue intersection

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By Mayor Tim Busse 

Back in 2022, the City’s Creative Placemaking Commission, Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Community Development Department worked with Musicant Group to connect with businesses at Old Shakopee and Old Cedar Avenue to develop a plan to revitalize the intersection.

The collaborative partners considered ways to create a safer experience for pedestrians, engage the community and encourage cross-business patronage. To engage the surrounding community, a pop-up event was held in fall 2022 with live music, food and family-friendly activities. 

Work began in early 2023 on small-scale improvements to highlight several businesses. Projects completed include:

  • Storefront update for Gyros Grill.
  • Customized bench for Ocean Blue Tattoo.
  • New signage for Jonny Rock Bikes.
  • Façade paint refresh for Old Cedar Liquor.
  • Patio heaters for the Eagles.
  • Landscaping refresh around Shell Gas Station. 

“Multiple options were discussed, but it was decided that a bench would work the best for us,” said Daniel Song, owner of Ocean Blue Tattoo. “It’s a great addition and a nice place for people to sit outside.”

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