Bass Lake Road Streetscape Project

Crystal is one of five corridor cities along the METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) that is proposed to stretch from downtown Minneapolis through the cities of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal, and Brooklyn Park where the line will terminate north of Hwy. 610. The Bottineau LRT will have 11 stations, one of which is located in the City of Crystal in the southwest quadrant of the County Rd. 10 (Bass Lake Rd.) and County Rd. 81 (Bottineau Blvd.) intersection. After several community meetings, a station area plan was completed in 2016. One of the concepts that emerged from those community meetings was the proposed reconstruction of the streetscape along Bass Lake Rd. including replacing some of the existing streetscape with parallel on-street parking to create a "Main Street" feel. Click here to view materials related to this plan.

The city is planning to reconstruct the north side streetscape in 2018, with the south side promenade being incorporated into the planned reconstruction of Becker Park in 2019.
The most significant elements of the 2018 project are as follows:

New sidewalk, boulevard treatments, landscape beds and related features from Elmhurst Ave. to the former Hampshire Ave. (now the driveway between Nokomis Shoes and Crystal Town Center).
Twelve on-street parallel parking spaces in front of the block of buildings between Elmhurst and Sherburne Ave. (no reduction in traffic lanes).
Enhanced lighting:
     - Retrofit existing street lights with LED luminaires on both sides of Bass Lake Rd./56th Ave. from the BNSF rail corridor to former Hampshire Ave.
     - Add LED luminaires to the two Sherburne signal poles currently without lights.
     - Install new light poles with LED luminaires in both city-owned parking lots
  New benches, bike racks and trash/recycling receptacles at various points along the streetscape.
  Upgraded pedestrian crosswalk marking on all four sides of the Sherburne intersection.

Proposed funding (no General Fund dollars):
$200,000:   Hennepin County Transit Oriented Development Grant
$330,000:   Tax Increment
$75,000:     Street Light Utility
$45,000:     EDA fund balance

Anticipated schedule for 2018 project:
Jan.:      Council considers approval of detailed plans & specifications and orders advertisement for bids
Feb.:      Bidding and contract award
March:   Construction start
July:       Construction complete

A proposed detailed design, slideshow and summary memo for the 2018 project were presented to the City Council on Nov. 21, 2017.
An updated design concept and a summary memo were presented to the City Council on Aug. 15, 2017.
Updated design concept and a summary memo presented to the City Council on July 18, 2017.

A design workshop was held on June 22, 2017. Here are the materials from that meeting:
Workshop Posters (text)
Workshop Boards 1-2 (Existing Conditions)
Workshop Boards 3-5 (Inventory and Opportunities)
Workshop Boards 6-7 (Proposed Redesign)

The city staff contact for this project is Community Development Director John Sutter at (763) 531-1130 or