The Funders Collaborative invested in dozens of other projects to support more vibrant transit oriented places.
Arts & Culture
- Central Corridor Public Art Master Plan: Led by Public Art Saint Paul, along with public art administrators/curators at the City of Minneapolis and University of Minnesota; artists in residence at the Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; the Saint Paul Design Center; and others, this plan lays out a strategy for how and where public art will be integrated into place-making and city-building activities throughout the Central Corridor. The plan was completed in 2013.
Planning & Design
- Central Corridor Design Center: Managed by the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, the Central Corridor Design Center launched in 2007 with a collaborative team of city staff and independent architects, landscapers, designers to review designs for streetscape, parking, and LRT alignment and participate in site plan review for large development projects along the Central Corridor – ensuring that all are in alignment with the Central Corridor Development Strategy.
Funding challenges and federal policies meant the Central Corridor Light Rail Project was being built under a tight budget. Nowhere were those cost constraints more apparent than in the gaps in service left along University Avenue in St. Paul’s Midway, Rondo and Frogtown neighborhoods. A map of the route showed three mile-long stretches where stations had been proposed but were left unfunded in a construction budget that fell $15 million short of building them.
- Cycles for Change: Located near the Dale Street Green Line station, the Cycles for Change Bike Center is home to the organization’s multiple programs: a bike library, youth education/Build-a-Bike, Earn-a-Bike, open shop, community education/bike maintenance classes, and bike donations. The Funders Collaborative helped to support their expansion into a street-facing, storefront space that provides better visibility and more room for their programming and full-service bike repair.