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File #: RES 22-1500    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 10/12/2022
Title: Authorizing the Mayor and Public Works to submit a joint application with Reconnect Rondo to the US DOT’s Reconnecting Communities Program.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Title
Authorizing the Mayor and Public Works to submit a joint application with Reconnect Rondo to the US DOT’s Reconnecting Communities Program.

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WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul supports the efforts of Reconnect Rondo to further and flesh out a community-led vision for an African-American Cultural Enterprise District (the District), which may include a future Land Bridge, in order to help repair some of the damage done by the original construction of I-94 through Saint Paul, which impacted communities along the entire route but none as acutely as the historic African-American community of Rondo; and

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul and Reconnect Rondo want to work together to analyze how the District will relate to the future scenarios that MNDOT and the community will be weighing for the future of I-94 between downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis, known as the Rethinking I-94 project, which MNDOT has signaled will include options that range from No Build (no change) to freeway removal and replacement by a boulevard, and all options in between; and

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul and Reconnect Rondo want to jointly pursue analysis of the impacts of local air pollution from motor vehicles that the current and future scenarios for I-94 may entail in the District, recognizing that for the past 60 years communities adjacent to I-94 have experienced greater exposure to particulate matter, nitrous oxides, and other harmful tailpipe emissions as a result of their proximity to the freeway, and that these exposures are known to increase rates of asthmas and other cardiovascular diseases; and

WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul has already secured a USDOT RAISE Planning Grant to engage the Rondo community in determining the best options for the future of the City street network in Rondo, bounded by Hamline Avenue on West, University Avenue on the north, Selby Avenue on the south, and Marion Street on the East, but that the scope of that previously funded work...

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