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Brainerd proceeds with Mississippi River plan

The city of Brainerd is working toward implementing its Mississippi River Partnership Plan. The Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority, city of Brainerd, Mississippi Riverfront Sub-Committee are working with Short Elliott Hendrickson to imp...

The city of Brainerd is working toward implementing its Mississippi River Partnership Plan.

The Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority, city of Brainerd, Mississippi Riverfront Sub-Committee are working with Short Elliott Hendrickson to implement the plan.

The project presents an opportunity to connect the city and the Mississippi River and create a corridor as a place where residents and visitors can access and enjoy year-round natural scenery.

The city of Brainerd previously partnered with the University of Minnesota Center for Rural Design to develop a riverfront design plan for a two-mile section along the Mississippi River from Washington Street to Little Buffalo Creek in Brainerd. The center led a riverfront steering committee process to create design ideas based on priorities established by the steering committee, which was accepted by the city council.

As a result of the Mississippi River Partnership Plan, the city of Brainerd applied for and was awarded a Difference Maker grant from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to begin the process of implementing some of the recommendations in the plan.

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The city was awarded a $33,000 grant to retain a consultant firm or team for the first year with the opportunity to renew the grant for two additional years. The city of Brainerd entered into an agreement with the Brainerd HRA to manage this grant on their behalf.

Short Elliott Hendrickson team members have designed and implemented waterfront redevelopment and enhancement projects across the Midwest including Duluth, Minneapolis, Dubuque, Iowa, and Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Guided by a nine-member Riverfront Sub-Committee, consultants will develop measurable goals, objectives, budgets, priorities, timelines and identify sources of funding for implementing design concepts identified in the Mississippi Riverfront Partnership Plan.

Additionally, the consulting team will work to keep community members informed and engaged during the process through the use of social media, events, activities and a project website. The first year's goal is to identify an initial project that can be funded and launched in 2016.

Related Topics: MISSISSIPPI RIVER
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