Dayton includes Nicollet Mall, Sculpture Garden in bonding proposal

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January 16, 2012 // UPDATED 1:58 pm - January 17, 2012
By: Nick Halter
Nick Halter
Gov. Mark Dayton today announced a $750 million bonding bill that would fund infrastructure projects across the state.

His proposal includes $25 million to rebuild Nicollet Mall downtown and $8.5 million toward renovations at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Also included in Dayton’s proposal is $25 million toward a future Southwest Corridor light rail line that would run from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis.

Nicollet Mall was the city’s No. 1 request for bonding money. Downtown businesses say the Mall’s granite pavers are cracking and require millions to repair.