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City partners with Stantec on Gateway Development District project

The City is making moves to transform the Lyndale Avenue corridor from an auto-oriented, aging thoroughfare into a series of walkable neighborhood centers. To do that, staff will partner with Stantec—a consulting company that specializes in neighborhood redevelopment—and the community to develop a strategic vision and development strategy that builds upon the assets already in the area. 

The contract between the City and Stantec was approved by the City Council in September. The kick-off began this fall with community engagement continuing throughout the winter and spring.

The purpose of this work is to attract public and private investment that will create a variety of housing and mobility options, appealing and inclusive public spaces, and vibrant retail environments using suburban retrofit strategy—a process that takes existing spaces and refashions them to create walkable areas that encourage community gathering.

Rooted in solid economic market analysis and demographic trends, the suburban retrofit strategy will provide clear and realistic implementation guidance over a 20-year period, ultimately creating economic, social and environmental value for Lyndale Avenue and the community. 

“The redevelopment of Bloomington’s aging neighborhood commercial centers increases the likelihood of more business owners and residents reinvesting in our community,” Community Development Director Eric Johnson said. 

For more information about the project and the Gateway Development District, visit blm.mn/gateway or call 952-563-8920.