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Aug 16

City Council Highlights - August 8, 2022

Posted to Monticello City Council Highlights on August 16, 2022 at 2:58 PM by Haley Foster

August 2022 Construction Updates

There are several projects and improvements being made throughout the City. Here are a few updates and changes happening in Monticello this month!

Street and Sidewalk Improvements Project

The contractor has been working on replacing sections of curb and sidewalk ramps, throughout the Street and Sidewalk Improvements project areas. The contractor began paving the roads on August 4, 2022 and is scheduled to wrap up this week. No on-street parking will be available during the days of milling and paving, please follow the signs posted in the areas of the project.

The contractor is also starting on the removals for the sidewalk sections of the project and installing the new sidewalk once grading is complete. The sidewalk on Walnut & 4th Street around the Cargill Campus will begin next week.

7th Street East Pavement Overlay Project

The 7th Street East pavement overlay project is scheduled to begin this week, August 10 and 11.

Weather permitting, the schedule for the project is as follows: the east bound lane will be closed on Wednesday, August 10 and the westbound lane will be closed Thursday, August 11.

There will be signage, barricades, and cones throughout the project. Please follow the posted signs and use caution when driving through construction zones. The detour will be Cedar to 4th Street to Washington and vice versa. The project is scheduled to wrap up by the end of the week. 

Monticello Library Roof Improvements2022 Library Roof Replacement

The replacement of the library roof began last week (Aug. 1, 2022)! The book drive on the south side and parking spots on the east side of the building have been closed off for construction vehicles and materials.

The Monticello Farmers Market and the Library will remain open. Construction is expected to last about 2 weeks.

Downtown Monticello Improvements and Projects

The City of Monticello is preparing for the reconstruction of a portion of Walnut and River Streets in downtown Monticello, known as the Downtown Roadway and Pedestrian Improvements Project.

Additionally, a private developer is also completing site preparation at the northwest corner of Pine Street (Highway 25) and Broadway (County Road 39) as part of a new mixed-use project on that corner. Work on these two projects is expected to begin in August and continue through 2023. The intent is to coordinate these two projects (the private redevelopment and the public infrastructure) so the outcome is well integrated and construction disruption is minimized.

Over the coming weeks, there will be several contractors on the site completing various components of these projects. The City has contracted with Bolton & Menk to complete a downtown parking study and traffic study. You may also notice some more movement around the EDA-owned building on Block 52. The developer will be starting to do environmental assessments this week.

Xcel Energy has started to relocate their lines surrounding Block 52, once the new lines are installed and operational, they will start to remove overhead lines on a portion of the Block 52 redevelopment area. Other utility companies are working with the City on their relocation plans, but do not have set dates yet.2022 MCC Desk Progress Collage

Visit us at Music on the Mississippi, August 17 at West Bridge Park to learn more about the Downtown Roadway and Pedestrian Improvements Project and talk with project staff.

MCC’s Guest Services Desk Improvements

The Monticello Community Center’s Guest Services desk is getting a new look and some new tech! The old counters and cupboards will be removed, and the menu boards will be replaced with digital display options. This will make it easier for staff to make menu edits and price changes. We can't wait to serve you our new fresh menu items when our remodel is complete!

Aug 16

City Council Highlights - July 11, 2022

Posted to Monticello City Council Highlights on August 16, 2022 at 2:57 PM by Haley Foster

Council Approves Block 52 Development Agreement

Downtown Monticello is the heart of the community. Ongoing efforts to support and enhance the area are guided by our Downtown Small Area Plan. The Plan focuses on a mix of existing and new spaces, creating a vibrant area year-round.RHET Architecture_Block 52_Renderings_Page_3

 A signature element of the adopted Plan is redevelopment of Block 52 at the corner of Broadway and TH25. This year the City has been working with a developer on a potential project encompassing a significant part of the block.

 At the regular meeting on July 11, 2022, the City Council approved the Final Plat and Development Agreement, Final Stage PUD, and rezoning. This was the final step in the land use approval process for the project and a critical milestone toward bringing the project to life.

With project approvals in place, the developers, Economic Development Authority (EDA), and staff will continue to work towards finalizing a financing assistance package followed by site preparation steps, and other tasks that need to be completed prior to construction. We will continue to provide updates as the project progresses, and you can find additional information on our website.

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Jul 14

The Pointes at Cedar Project Updates - June 2022

Posted to What's the Pointe? on July 14, 2022 at 3:10 PM by Haley Foster

The Pointes at Cedar Project Updates - June 2022

The Pointes at Cedar is intended to be an all-season destination featuring  a mix of housing, commercial business, and public amenities where you can live, work, and play. The Master Plan for The Pointes is taking shape based on the feedback from all of you! We’ve had over 450 responses to our seasonal amenity and activity surveys and great responses to our in-person activities at the Farmers Market, MonticellGLOW parade, and the Senior Center. We can’t wait to show you how your ideas have helped inform the plan for the public spaces at The Pointes!The Points at Cedar, DRAFT Masterplan

Walk & Rollers got a first glimpse of the draft Master Plan on June 11, 2022. There was great feedback on what residents are most looking forward to and what may still be needed to make this another great Monticello park. 

Master Plan for The Pointes’ Park & Open Space

Visit us this Wednesday at the Community Block Party at the MCC to see the completed draft Master Plan for The Pointes! We’re excited to share the plan and ask for your thoughts on which amenities at the park space should happen first.

The Block Party happens this Thursday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Monticello Community Center. The Block Party offers free food, fun and now a chance to see how The Pointes will look!

Looking to the future, it’s anticipated that the Master Plan will be brought to a joint workshop of the Planning Commission, Park Arts & Recreation Commission, and City Council on August 8, 2022, followed by formal Council review and consideration for adoption in September.

Compass Committee

The Compass Committee met on June 15, 2022 to review the draft Master Plan for the Pointes at Cedar. The group reviewed the overall draft plan and individual “vignettes” with images and concept drawings for small spaces within the planned park area. The group discussed how ideas from prior Compass Committee meetings and the public engagement have been incorporated into the plan itself. 

The Master Plan reflects the character themes for each of the three biomes within The Pointes at Cedar: Populus, Tilia, and Quercus. The Compass Committee had the opportunity to provide additional feedback on how to strengthen the plan’s relationship to those themes, providing additional suggestions for the more detailed project plans. 

The Compass Committee is helping to create and guide the public spaces at the center of The Pointes. The Committee is made up of a cross-section of Monticello community members. Their next meeting will occur on August 17, 2022 at 5 p.m.

How Can I Participate?

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer on the Compass Committee, you can also reach out to us at info@ci.monticello.mn.us. You can also give us additional feedback on our Draft Master Plan, by filling out the Design Features Survey!

Watch for more details on future events on the City’s social media and blog!