Richfield Connect is an online platform that provides elected officials, staff and citizens the opportunity to work together by connecting civic challenges to community problem-solvers. We believe the best way to tackle challenges and seize opportunities that affect our community is through engagement with the community. Because Richfield Connect allows members of our community to contribute from their own homes and on their own schedules, we believe that we will be able to engage a broader audience. And, with this broader audience, comes a broader range of ideas, solutions and participation. So, who should participate on this site? You! We want your ideas, your feedback, your comments and your point of view. Together, we can continue to build a better Richfield!
Southdale Library Site Redevelopment
The Southdale Library site, located at 70th Street and York Avenue, will see many changes in the years ahead. Hennepin County Service Center moved into Southdale Mall in 2016 and the District Court facility will move to Bloomington in 2018. Southdale Library itself is tentatively scheduled to be reconstructed in 2020. There is plenty of room on the large 8-acre site to accommodate a new library and other complementary uses, such as housing, offices, or retail.
Hennepin County and the Edina HRA are working with HGA Architects to prepare preliminary concept plans for the site based on community input, market demand and best practices in library and mixed-use design. These concepts will be used as a starting point when proposals from real estate developers are solicited and reviewed in 2017.
A workshop to review preliminary concepts will be held on Thursday, February 9, from 7-9pm at Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue. For more information, please visit http://edinamn.gov/index.php?section=SouthdaleLibrarySite
The site is surrounded by residential and commercial uses. In addition to a new library building, what other types of development would you like to see?
What are some shortcomings of the current site that could be improved with redevelopment? How could access be improved for pedestrians and bicyclists coming from Richfield?