SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Governor Tim Walz announced the final piece of his bonding bill proposal that includes funding for local projects in Senate District 49 including Edina and parts of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Minnetonka. In the proposal, Governor Walz recommends a $10 million grant to the City of Bloomington to build a 22,000 square foot addition to the existing Center for the Arts. The project includes a 300-500 seat concert hall, rehearsal space, café, and an accessible entryway. Walz also requests $26 million for the completion of Phase 2 of the College Services building project at Normandale Community College providing upgrades to the Student Services building, study spaces, faculty offices, and classrooms across campus. The project will eliminate $5.4 million in deferred maintenance.
Finally, Governor Walz recommends funding for a needs assessment to evaluate training facilities for fire, police, and emergency response personnel across the state, which would include the South Metro Public Safety Facility in Edina. Senator Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina) extends her gratitude for the inclusion of Senate District 49 projects in the Governor’s proposal.
“I applaud the Governor for including these important local projects that are vital to our community,” said Senator Franzen. “These projects will create jobs, access to quality education, expand the arts, and assess the needs of our public safety training facilities included in our district.”
In total, Governor Walz recommends approximately $36.6 million in funding for west suburban projects.