From: Cassandra Berg

Date: Aug 04 13:26 CDT 

You know, this light rail construction is getting out of hand.  Between damaged business, damaged homes, excessive vibration, excessive noise at all hours of the day and night, construction trucks not using the proper roadways, and on and on….where does it stop? 

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The 411 on how LRT impacts streetcars in NoMi

At last month’s meeting to discuss possible LRT routes along Penn or Oliver as alternatives to the “D1” route that would go through Theo Wirth to Highway 55, I asked a very specific question of our moderators. How would the various D2 options affect the proposed streetcar alignment along West Broadway?

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The train is coming, like it or not

Outside the Lyric Apartments meeting room, orange construction barriers, fences and torn-up streets contrasted with the good cheer and artist-decorated hard hats of the Central Corridor Creative Enterprise Zone party.

The vision of the Creative Enterprise Zone at the crossroads of Raymond and University Avenue is to be a livable, mixed-use neighborhood, recognized and sustained as a center of creativity and enterprise. [From CEZ web page.]

The event was billed as a celebration of the arts and businesses along the Central Corridor, and it lived up to that promise. Food, drinks, art, music and determinedly upbeat speakers touted stronger ties among creative folks on the Central Corridor, a plan for supporting enterprise and creativity, support for local businesses, and hope for the future.

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University Avenue merchants wary as light rail construction begins

If there’s one thing that everybody involved with the Central Corridor light-rail transit line can agree on, it’s that 2011 will not be a year of business-as-usual on west University Avenue.Preliminary utility work has provided a taste of what it will be like when heavy construction begins in a couple of weeks, starting on St. Paul’s western border at Emerald Street and moving steadily eastward, reaching Hamline Avenue by year’s end.The Metropolitan Council, the agency managing the project, said that work will start on the south side of University, with one lane open in each direction on the north side. Vehicle and pedestrian access is promised to all businesses. Nevertheless, it seems inevitable that the elimination of on-street parking and the hubbub associated with such a massive undertaking will complicate the task of moving through the zone and shopping in it.”We’ve told businesses that construction can be disruptive, and that they need to prepare for that disruption,” said Laura Baenen, Central Corridor spokesperson for the Metropolitan Council.Biggest project everThere are still a few hoops to jump through before the federal government commits to paying for the first half of the Central Corridor project, but the light-rail line clearly has momentum going for it. Some $145 million already has been spent on design, property acquisition and construction. Continue Reading