Bridge to Somewhere

Local businesses were the beneficiaries of a program in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota to mitigate the impacts of new bridge construction. The proposed bridge, which linked the city to St. Cloud, Minnesota, required significant right-of-way acquisition and the demolition of 15 buildings housing 25 businesses. This was unacceptable to the city, which feared that Sauk Rapids' historic commercial core would disappear. The city proposed an expensive and extensive downtown impact mitigation program that relocated these businesses to newly-constructed buildings in a formerly blighted area of downtown. Although the program has been successful thus far in saving downtown commerce, the $60 million price tag makes it too expensive to become a common model for redevelopment.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 15-17
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  • Accession Number: 01147893
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2010 11:39PM