Two grants for Ramsey COR projects

Ramsey’s COR project just got another boost.

The city has received two Livable Communities grants for a Northstar Commuter Rail-related project as well as a road improvement project.

The Metropolitan Council awarded the city a $650,369 Transit Oriented Development (TOD) grant for the Center Street project, in which the city will install infrastructure improvements for pedestrian and vehicles using the Ramsey Station and COR amenities.

This project will complete a north-south corridor in the COR project, said City Administrator Kurt Ulrich.

Ramsey also received a $100,000 pre-development TOD grant from the Metropolitan Council for the Mississippi Skyway project.

This grant will support the early stages of the project and project planning that will position the various agencies to compete for federal funding to build a pedestrian skyway that will connect the rail station to the city’s trail and sidewalk system, as well as federal, state and regional trails, according to a Metropolitan Council press release.

The pre-development project will include soil analysis, outreach and alternative analysis to assist with the design of the skyway that will link the Ramsey Northstar station with the south side of Highway 10.

When the skyway is completed, it will connect users with the parks and trail, including Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the Mississippi River Trail and the Central Anoka County Regional Trail, said Ulrich.

It will also allow a safe way to cross from south of Highway 10 to the COR, he said.

Planning will begin in January, Ulrich said.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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