You might think that the fact that the State Legislature and the Governor agreed to extend the Tax Increment Financing law (see my June 1 blog post) that was at the crux of the City’s ability to (possibly) assist a major improvement project at Southdale Center with public financing might take the pressure off the City and Simon Properties making a deal. Well, you might be right. It has, just a little.
But we are continuing to examine our options and to engage Simon with ideas. One such idea is a redesign of how Metro Transit serves Southdale. The attached drawing/map (PDF) is a possible rearrangement of how transit riders might access transit services at Southdale. (Note that the map is rotated: north is towards the right, not the top.)
It’s not a done deal. I would call it more of a starting point for a conversation. I don’t know enough about transit services at Southdale to have an opinion about this idea yet, but I am running it by our City Planner and our Building Official to see if the City has any regulatory issues with the plan.