The Interstate 94/Brockton Lane interchange project is back on the minds of Dayton City Council as city administration and the project’s steering committee is seeking approval to apply for the Transportation Economic Development (TED) grant. The committee is seeking funding for phase one of the project. The interchange project carries a $16 million price tag.
Hassan Mainstreet, LLC announced to the council at a work session March 12, that they are willing to commit another $2 to 4 million in funding towards the project. Hassan Mainstreet, LLC are the developers for Stone’s Throw, a propose commercial and residential development of more than 300 acres located in Rogers bordering Dayton, Corcoran and Maple Grove. However, the offer only extends through 2013.
“This demonstrates this is a true private/public partnership,” said Dayton City Administrator Samantha Orduno. The TED grant, she said, is designed specifically to assist development of new businesses, expand existing business and improve the statewide transportation network. She said other projects that earned grant funding in previous years have had similar public/private funding for their projects.
“I can’t remember a time when we have been better positioned for a $7 million grant,” Orduno said. “There are no guarantees but we are competitive.”
SRF Consulting Project Manager Marie Cote said their firm could write the grant proposal for their standard rate of $8,000, which will be funded from the approximately $100,000 left of the $800,000 federal appropriations the project received in 2010 from Mayor Doug Anderson’s lobbying efforts.
Orduno told the council the project has strong support from other entities with representatives from Met Council and MNDOT attending nearly all of the meetings throughout the engineering and design process. The project, she said, is basically shovel-ready.
They are still awaiting an acknowledgement letter from the Federal Highway Association regarding completion of environmental work. Cote said they will also conduct a County Road 117 extension study to determine the extent of the soil issues and provide solutions for designating the future roadway. Funding for this will also come from the federal appropriations.
Orduno said grants often have an expectation for matching fund. In addition to Hassan Mainstreet’s commitment, Dayton should expect to commit $3 million towards the project. Other cities and entities will also be asked for financial commitments.
“The interchange has value to neighboring cities like Rogers,” she said.
On April 2, Bruce Kimmel will present a variety of ways to come up with Dayton’s financial contribution to the council. Orduno suggested mechanisms such as tax increment and tax abatement.
“But it will never be with a levy,” she said.
The council will be asked to consider authorizing application for the TED grant at a future council meeting.
I-94/BROCKTON LANE INTERCHANGE BACKGROUND
The I-94 / Brockton Lane Interchange Project ultimately involves construction of a new interchange at or near the existing Brockton Lane overpass. It also includes improvements to the local roadway network, additional capacity along I-94 and functionality with the proposed Highway 610 interchange located approximately two miles south of the project area. The goal of these activities is to develop plans for a new interchange and supporting roadway system for the I-94 /Brockton Lane area that can be implemented over time.
Dayton City Council heard a presentation on the history and current status of the Interstate 94/Brockton Lane interchange project. The current effort for the interchange has been a project that the council has been interested in for years with a Northwest Hennepin County Sub-Area Study conducted in 2008. The purpose of that plan was to investigate the local roadway system in northwest Hennepin County and the impacts interstate access at Brockon Lane my have on the area as a whole.
The results of the analysis indicated that a new interchange at Brockton Lane will help balance traffic on the overall system and improve safety by ensuring regional traffic use of the freeway system, rather than on local roadways. Three design concepts of what an I-94 / Brockton Lane Interchange might look like were developed as an outcome of the study. The Northwest Hennepin County Sub-Area Study will serve as a resource and framework from which preliminary engineering and design activities will be built upon.
The City of Dayton has developed a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the I-94 / Brockton Lane Interchange area that incorporates additional housing, commercial, industrial and office space in conjunction with transit services along I-94 and CSAH 81. This project is vital to realizing the City’s plans to redevelop this area and maximize the economic benefits new access will provide.
In 2010, Dayton Mayor Doug Anderson lobbied for funding for the project. Dayton was awarded $800,000 in federal appropriations to conduct the engineering and preferred alternative for the design.
A project steering committee was formed and met throughout 2011 and 2012. Dayton partnered with neighboring cities Maple Grove, Rogers and Corcoran. Other municipalities including Hennepin County, the Federal Highway Administration, Met Council, MNDOT and Three Rivers Park District also came on board. The private entity, developers Hassan Mainstreet, LLC also joined in the effort due to their interest in the benefits of the interchange to the proposed Stone’s Throw development in Rogers, bordering Dayton. Some of these entities also committed funding to the project including Dayton, Rogers and Hassan Mainstreet, LLC.
The steering committee held several meetings and open houses, gathering concerns and feedback from the public as well as property owners. During 2012, Dayton oversaw the limited phase one review which included an environmental site assessment to identify sources of contamination on properties that could impact the corridor.
In October 2012 an implementation plan was completed for the interchange. This included planning-level cost estimates, a phasing plan and funding opportunities. A finance study was also initiated to explore funding options.
In November 2012, the interchange plan received approval from Met ouncil and MNDOT.
At the beginning of 2013 a value engineering study was conducted to get an independent review and critique to ensure the project is of high value. In February, MNDOT signed the EAW and findings of fact and conclusion. MNDOT concluded that an EIS is not required and has issued a Negative Declaration Order for the project, which concludes the Minnest State environmental review process.
A limited phase two review began in March including another environmental assessment.