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Met Council Plans Two Light-Rail Open Houses

The Met Council has scheduled a meeting for early January in St. Louis Park.

With a decision on the Southwest light-rail line currently scheduled for January, the Metropolitan Council is planning a pair of community meetings early that month.

At Gov. Mark Dayton's request, Met Council staff are re-examining a number of options to re-route freight rail away from the Kenilworth neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis residents have complained that keeping freight rail in the Kenilworth neighborhood would be noisy, increase traffic and cause damage to the hydrology of the lake system. But St. Louis Park residents remain firmly opposed to moving freight rail into the city.

The community meetings will discuss landscaping in the Kenilworth corridor, an issue that should also prove heated.

Planned Community Meetings

Tuesday, Jan. 7
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Kenwood Community Center
2101 Franklin Avenue West, Minneapolis

Thursday, Jan. 9
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park

Agenda

5:00 – 5:30
  • Open house (project staff on hand to answer questions)
5:30 – 7:30
  • Welcome and review of meeting purpose
  • Overview of scopes of work for three studies
  • Facilitator-led discussion
  • Wrap-Up/Next Steps

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