This summer, Hennepin Avenue between 5th and 10th Streets will get a noticeable facelift. On May 17, the City Council approved a $300,000 plan to make Hennepin more attractive with trees, new paving, ornamental lighting, uniform newspaper containers and benches. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.
Tom Hoch, manager of the State Theater, 805 Hennepin, and the Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin, and other business owners have been working since 1998 to make their thoroughfare look better. Their dream took a big step forward earlier this year when the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association approved a $300,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Program loan to complete streetscape plans. The DMNA will be repaid by the assessments on business along the improved stretch of Hennepin.
Said Hoch, "During the day, Hennepin Avenue is going to be a much more attractive street. There's going to be places of shade. There will be benches that you can sit on underneath the trees. At night it's going to be bright and people are going to feel safe and see where they're going."