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The Minnesota Capitol Mall Design Framework Is Underway!

The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework (CMDF), will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. 
 
The CMDF is a design process which builds upon past planning efforts, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area, 2021 Public Engagement Task Force on Commemorative Works, and Capitol Mall Visitor Experience Survey. With the support of Minnesotans everywhere and the expertise of those who use and maintain the Capitol Mall every day, we will develop a more detailed design framework with actionable proposals. 
 
Visit the Capitol Mall Design Framework website: https://mncapitolmall.engage.sasaki.com/ We will be calling on our community to participate in surveys, events and conversations to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

CAAPB hosted a successful Design Charrette at the Minnesota History Center!
 
It was a four-day intensive design process, which included meetings with over 75 Minnesotans providing input on how the Capitol Mall can better serve Minnesotans in the future. View videos from the event here!

News & Updates

CAAPB Meetings & Events 

Friday, March 1st, 2024 11am-1pm -- 116B Administration Building (hybrid) - CAAPB Board Meeting Information - Livestream

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 1pm-2:30pm -- Virtual - CACVTF Meeting 

Monday, March 18th, 2024 2pm-3pm -- 116B Administration Building (hybrid) - CAAPB Board Meeting - Livestream

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Past Meetings:

Updates:

Bethesda Site: Vision for New Mental Health Facility Approved by CAAPB

Capitol Area Community Vitality Task Force (CACVTF) 

CAAPB staff recently completed the CAAPB FY22-23 Biennial Report. Each agency produces such a report every 2 years. It’s a handy overview of who we are, what we do, recent and upcoming projects, and budget.

Read about the new CAAP Board members and Advisor.

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Capitol Area Community Vitality Account (+ Task Force)

Minnesota legislators have established a task force + account in support of community vitality.

This investment by the Minnesota Legislature is a unique development in the history of the Capitol Area. In late May, legislators passed provision creating a Task Force to guide the use of a $5M Capitol Area Community Vitality (CACV) Account. The action was one of three investments in the Capitol Area that complement the planned expansion of the State Office Building. Investments in Rice Street ($25 M) and the Capitol Mall ($6M) are both dedicated to the planning and design of improvements to physical infrastructure. The CACV Account was created to more broadly address community and economic vitality in the Capitol Area. See the full staff memo.
 

Highlights of the CACV legislation* include:

  • an eleven member appointed task force will begin meeting this summer
  • planning funds ($150K) have been provided for consultant expertise to implement a prioritization
  • process guided by the task force, supported/supervised by CAAPB staff
  • task force will issue recommendations in a report due to CAAPB for approval in early 2024
  • $5M account established by the State of Minnesota) to fund community vitality projects and initiatives
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2023 Legislation Funds Comprehensive Plan Priorities

 In the 2023 session, several legislators developed and introduced a set of investments that implement major elements of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area.  They include:

• $25M for the redesign and reconstruction of lower Rice Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and John Ireland and include enhanced multi-modal and shared mobility features (mobility hub) at University and Rice. The community will be engaged on design ideas and how to include investments in BRT stations.

• $5M+ for creation of a Capitol Area Community Vitality Account guided by the work of a task force of appointed community members. For more information about the legislation and task force, click here.

• $1M to update the Capitol Mall Design Framework (CMDF)* including the creation of new urban spaces along Rice Street to mitigate the loss of a displaced Leif Erickson Park, and $5M to implement phase 1 of the Framework priorities.  (* CMDF Request for Proposals released Aug. 21)

For more information on 2023 legislation affecting Capitol Area, see staff memo.
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Capitol Area Stormwater Management Study

Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB) are partners on a stormwater management study to understand water quality and quantity issues in the Capitol Area and identify regional green infrastructure opportunities for improved stormwater management. CRWD and CAAPB believe that stormwater management strategies will be integral to achieving the broader vision and goals in the Capitol Area comprehensive plan. Visit CRWD's website (linked above) for further information.

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