Senate Bonding Bill includes projects to benefit East Metro

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Senate Capital Investment Committee on Monday released its bonding bill, which included several projects throughout District 53 and the East Metro. Senator Susan Kent (DFL – Woodbury) was pleased to see the inclusion of bills she authored, co-authored, and advocated for.

Among the developments in Sen. Kent’s district were the Gateway Corridor Transit, Fish Creek Natural Area Greenway in Maplewood, and the Oakdale Mud Lake Trail and Boardwalk. Other projects that she supported included construction funding for a science center at Metro State University; funding to support emerging technologies at Century College; and funding to renovate the Harriet Tubman Center East Building.

“I’m grateful that the Capital Investment Committee recognized the importance of including the Gateway Corridor in the Bonding Bill,” said Sen. Kent. “Its inclusion is not only important for the East Metro, but for the entire transit system.”

The Gateway Corridor received $3 million in funding, which will go toward property acquisition, engineering, and analysis of the impact on the surrounding communities. Fish Creek Natural Area Greenway received $318,000 for land acquisition, while the Oakdale Mud Lake Trail and Boardwalk received $150,000 for ADA compliance and access.

“I’m also happy to see that Fish Creek Park received funding, as I believe it’s an important link in a significant regional park and trail system,” added Sen. Kent. “Between the investments we’re seeing in transportation, education and human services, I think it’s safe to say that my district received notable consideration in the creation of this bill. These are investments that will lead to economic development and will create jobs, so it’s a win-win situation for us.”

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