Street Lighting Project in St. Anthony East

Property owners on Madison Street and Spring Street Northeast petitioned Minneapolis Public Works in support of installing street level safety lighting on Madison St (from 3rd Ave NE to Broadway St NE) and Spring St (from Madison St to Jefferson St). A public meeting will be held on Monday, January 23rd, 2012, at 7:00 pm to explain the details and purpose of this proposed project and to answer any questions you may have.  The meeting will be held at Logan Park Rec. Center (690 13th Ave NE).

St. Anthony East Neighborhood Association identified increased safety street lighting as a neighborhood priority and, accordingly, allocated $30,000 of NRP funds to reduce the assessment cost of this neighborhood pilot project. Public Works will discuss details on the costs of the project at the January 23rd meeting. Their preliminary estimates show an assessment cost of less than $100 per property each year. Similar lighting projects in Minneapolis have greatly improved the aesthetic appeal, level of safety, and community pride in the respective neighborhoods.

Also, studies from other Minneapolis neighborhoods indicate a direct correlation between increased street lighting and crime reduction. Additional research conducted in the United States, Australia, and the UK show strong evidence that increased street lighting leads to lower property crime rates and increased community pride.

National Study: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/RIC/Publications/e1208-streetlighting.pdf.

Minneapolis Study: http://www.cura.umn.edu/publications/catalog/npcr-1239

This project cannot move forward without broad support from property owners in the affected area. After the initial meeting, Public Works will mail an official petition form to each owner of the affected properties for final approval. This petition must be signed and returned by at least 70% of property owners for the project to move forward.

Please contact us at saena3@gmail.com or call 612-331-6514 for more information on this issue.

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