A temporary parklet was installed in a parking stall on Division Street in Northfield this morning. Northfield Communications Director, Michelle Mahowald, says City staff, through a request from the NDDC, had been exploring the concept of a short term Parklet, which is, reportedly, a public seating platform that converts parking spaces into community spaces. Mahowald says it provides a place for people to gather and enjoy downtown. Most parklets have
seating, greenery, and bike racks. A trial period for the parklet will last through October 30 in a parking stall in front of Tandem Bagel. During the trial period, Mahowald, says please feel free to reach out to the City Engineering Department (507) 645- 3020 provide feedback. There was only a bike rack in the spot this morning.
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CSAH 1 Reconstruction Open House set for Wednesday
Rice County, in cooperation with Northfield, Dundas, Bridgewater Township and MnDOT, is holding an Open House regarding the (CSAH) 1 Reconstruction Project this Wednesday evening from 5:00 PM – 7:00 at the Northfield Senior Center on Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. The stretch between Hwys 246 and 3 has been discussed for years and plans are to start the reconstruction as early as possible in 2018. Commissioner Galen Malecha said they hired a firm to negotiate with homeowners to purchase Right of Way. The project is substantial and will take up the entire construction season.
Further County/City road talks
Another road project the County is looking at working on with Northfield is Wall Street and Spring Creek Road. As continued development has brought more pedestrians and bicyclists to the area, Malecha said, the area needs to be upgraded. Adding that it’s become dangerous with the Golf Club there too. Referring to Rice Co. and the City, Malecha said,”there’s a little bit of a discussion as to who’s road, who the first portion of the road is, ours or theirs”. Discussions are in the early stages.
Chapel and Dundas zoning “misunderstanding”
Chapel Brewing has been open for less than a month but complaints have piled up regarding closing time and on-street parking. Dundas City Administrator John McCarthy writes in his report for the council tonight, that apparently, there existed a misunderstanding regarding the Zoning Code in the area, and the hours of operation. The owners thought they could remain open the same as other liquor establishments. Chapel will be scheduling ‘last call” earlier and insure customers are not present in the building after 10:00 PM. We’ll hear more from McCarthy tomorrow at 8:45 as he recaps the Dundas council meeting.