Park Place Boulevard Streetscape

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

SRF led the planning and design of this streetscape and road reconstruction project from initial concepts through construction administration. Park Place Boulevard extends south from the I-394 interchange to Cedar Lake Road, approximately half a mile long. The project area encompasses the new Shops at West End (a large-scale retail and office redevelopment) and a mix of other existing commercial and office buildings. Previously, the street and adjacent uses were auto-oriented with little distinct character. SRF assisted the City of St. Louis Park in reviewing the developer’s master plan and provided input on how to lay the groundwork for a vibrant urban setting. SRF envisioned a streetscape design that would create an attractive public foreground for the redevelopment area and improve pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.

The design includes a landscape median, boulevard trees, ornamental lighting, and enhanced sidewalk paving. The project also provides a new trail connection to the Cedar Lake Regional Trail, improved pedestrian intersection crossings, and enhanced accommodations for transit service.

By facilitating design discussions between the City, adjacent property owners, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, MnDOT, and private utilities, SRF helped inform stakeholders and generate support for the project. The City subsequently established a special service district comprised of adjacent property owners to provide ongoing upkeep. With construction completed in summer of 2010, the area has become a new vital activity center for the City.

CLIENT: City of St. Louis Park