RFP: Opportunity to create mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment with affordable housing at site of new light rail station (MN)

The city of St. Louis Park, Minnesota will issue an RFP for the redevelopment of the Wooddale Avenue Station site on August 7, 2020. The intent is to find a development partner to help turn the area into a mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment with significant amounts of affordable housing. The RFP —which is in draft form as of the date of this publication (July 30, 2020)—will be issued by the St. Louis Park Economic Development Authority (EDA).

The draft RFP wants the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) Wooddale Avenue Station Site to become an active, vibrant and connected community hub for mixed-income housing, local-based businesses, and transit connections.

Greg Hunt, the city’s economic development coordinator, says that the 1.6-acre redevelopment site is “literally at the doorstep of the Wooddale LRT transit station,” which is under construction as part of a $2 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

Light rail service is scheduled to start sometime in 2023.

The EDA says it wants smaller-scale, ground floor commercial spaces and numerous accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and automobiles, including electric bikes, electric vehicles, and possibly car sharing.

A public plaza or community space with unique community landmark or feature also is among the requests that include high quality site amenities, public art, and connections to nature through green features.

The city has long had plans for a transit-oriented redevelopment next to this extension of the METRO Green Line. The selected developer team will be expected to collaborate with the SWLRT Project Office (SPO) to come up with a design that seamlessly integrates with the station, and without altering SWLRT’s planned improvements.

Redevelopment proposals will be due by October 9, 2020.

Renderings courtesy of St. Louis Park EDA.

See St. Louis Park Economic Development Authority website.

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