A progressive purpose needs a progressive path

The creation of an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge is a multi-layer, multi-year endeavor. It will require the commitment, advocacy and resources of community members, policy makers, funders, and a technical team made up of engineers, architects, and developers. It will need to be led and informed by the community.

An illustration depicting the bones of a land bridge. The big idea is that I-94 will be covered by a bridge or cap and reconnect Rondo.
An illustration depicting the bones of a land bridge. The big idea is that I-94 will be covered by a bridge or cap and reconnect Rondo.
View of land bridge, looking eastward. Architectural renderings courtesy Design by Melo and Visuals by James.
Land bridge length approximately 2,600-3,200 linear feet. Architectural renderings courtesy Design by Melo and Visuals by James.
MnDot Phase 1 and Phase 2

Concept

Imagining & Envisioning

  • Site Visits
  • ULI MN Healthy Communities Initiative
  • ULI Minnesota Developer 
Feasibility Studies

Business Case & Marketability

  • Rondo Past Prosperity Study
  • Rondo Land Bridge Feasibility Study
  • Rondo Land Bridge Health Impact Assessment
  • ULI Advisory Service Panel Report
Planning & Financing

Master Planning & Design

  • Master Planning & Design
  • Preliminary Project Design
  • Final Project Design

Construction

Building Process Begins

  • Contract Administration & Build Process

Operations

Management, Maintenance & Ownership

  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Ownership
Ongoing Community Support from start to finish

Concept (2016 - 2017)

Imagining & Envisioning

  • Site Visits
  • ULI MN Healthy Communities Initiative
  • ULI Minnesota Developer 

Feasibility Study (2018-2020)

Business Case & Marketability

  • Rondo Past Prosperity Study
  • Rondo Land Bridge Feasibility Study
  • Rondo Land Bridge Health Impact Assessment
  • ULI Advisory Service Panel Report

Planning & Financing (2020-2022)

Master Planning & Design

  • Master Planning & Design
  • Preliminary Project Design
  • Final Project Design

Construction

Business Case & Marketability

  • Contract Administration & Build Process

Operations

Management, Maintenance, & Ownership

  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Ownership

"Some say Rondo perished with Interstate 94.
It did not. This is a renaissance."

Toni Carter, Ramsey County commissioner

Together, we will create an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge.​