Mayors of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and Osseo spoke to the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce this week about development projects that will impact their cities. Mayors mentioned the completion of Highway 610 as well as the future Blue Line Extension light rail line as reasons why the development has surged in some corridors.
Cities like Brooklyn Center are seeing several developers compete for big projects.
"It continues to make us very optimistic compared to where we were in 2008," says Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson. "Some of us remember how horrible that year was."
In Maple Grove, traffic is actually worse near Highway 610 and its unfinished interchange with I-94. Mayor Mark Steffenson hopes to see a new plan in 2017 to ease congestion there.
"I-94 is backed up to the Fish Lake interchange. We are working with MnDOT to add a fourth lane from Fish Lake interchange on up to Rogers," says Steffenson. "We’re hoping to push that through this year."
In Brooklyn Park, city staff were surprised to see development boom first on the south side of Highway 610 instead of the north side. A new Hy-Vee store is expected to prompt future retail and business location in the area.
"A lot of people in Brooklyn Park went somewhere else to buy stuff. You are going to see a lot of Brooklyn Park money stay in Brooklyn Park because there are other retail outlets coming this year," says Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde.
In Osseo, businesses are reviving vacant stores as the city looks to improve city streets and add a new sign. Mayor Duane Poppe says Boerboom Park will expand to become a full block city park.
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