Ridgedale Village Center study project information
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The Ridgedale Mall area is a major commercial and economic center in Minnetonka serving the western suburban market area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since its opening in 1973, the Ridgedale area has continued to grow during prosperous and down economic times attracting many prominent local and national businesses. This positive business climate is anticipated to continue to provide stability into the future.
Despite the area’s good economic health, the suburban design and form is not a sustainable model for future redevelopment efforts. Although the area benefits from generally good regional freeway system access from I-394, few alternative transportation options exist. Trips within the area are automobile dependent. Local and interior road systems lack pedestrian and bike facilities that could promote other travel means. Many of the buildings are 30 or more years old and although in generally good condition, are not necessarily adaptable to the vision of a future Ridgedale.
Over the past few years a number of city efforts and studies have been completed in the area. The city’s 2030 comprehensive plan, identifies a number of development strategies to revitalize and bring an increased and broader array of businesses, services, housing and entertainment to the area. The MnPASS Phase II study is a regional corridor study of I-394 from Minneapolis to Wayzata aimed at increasing multi-modal transportation and opportunities for supportive land use and community design solutions. Key recommendations for the Ridgedale area include a transit center, a 500 car park-and-ride, freeway system improvements, and significant increases in commercial and housing densities consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.
The city will be developing a master plan to guide future development decisions in the Ridgedale area. This plan will provide strategies for land use, design, and key investments to keep the area vibrant and successful.
Letters to residents and businesses
Update: September 27, 2012
The city council will be holding a joint study session with the planning commission and economic development advisory commission October 22, 2012, to review the draft plan for the Ridgedale Village Center Study. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at city hall in the Minnehaha Room. City staff, stakeholders, various commissions are invited to attend. This meeting is a follow-up to the August 1, 2012, initial concept presentation. Questions, comments and inquiries can be directed to Loren Gordon at email@example.com or 952.939.8296.
Update: July 26, 2012
LMN Architects will be in town to meet with city staff, stakeholder participants, and various commission and council members July 30–August 1. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a preliminary concept for the greater Ridgedale area, along with ideas for implementation and phasing. Participation of invitees would be focused on gaining reactions so that we can refine, add, elaborate, or even delete ideas. A public open house will be held later in the year for more public input. In the meantime, any input or ideas you may have can be provided to Loren Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.939.8296.