A resurfacing project in Loring Park got off to a rocky start last week when Minneapolis Public Works failed to notify nearby businesses when parking along Harmon Place would be banned.
On April 15 crews began hooding the meters along Harmon Place next to Loring Park to prepare preliminary for curb and gutter work, which surprised and frustrated businesses in Loring Corners. After two public meetings in March the neighborhood was under the impression that work wasn’t going to begin until April 30.
“I was shocked to see crews out hooding meters so early,” said Jana Metge, a coordinator with Citizens for Loring Park Community. “Two public meetings and no notice from the city after something obviously changed, that’s ridiculous.”
Mike Kennedy from Minneapolis Public Works says that the initial confusion and anger was quickly deflated, and that city records indicate no one was ticketed prematurely.
Kennedy said that the preliminary curb and gutter work turned out to be more extensive than Public Works initially anticipated, and a construction crew happened to be available to come in and get a head start on the work.
“Often times the curb and gutter work is no big deal, but in this case it was, and looking back we wish we would’ve given more notice and will pay more attention to our impact on the neighborhood in the future. We’re sorry for any inconveniences we caused,” he said.
The full project will begin on April 30 as planned. The only major traffic impact will be May 1-3, when Hennepin Avenue will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Maple Street and 12th Street. Below is a detailed, updated schedule: