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Annual meeting followup

16 May

Here’s what the folks who were at tonight’s meeting got. Thanks to all those who made it. Thanks to those there in spirit. Looking forward to another great year here in South Oak Hill.

By the way, we have a new contact in the police department, his name is Officer Bruce London. If you have questions or any issues, he’s a great person to start with. And, he is interested in hearing from you!

South Oak Hill meeting agenda – 2017


Southwest LRT Freight Rail Relocation and Water Resources Impact Mtg

10 Feb

There’s also a meeting about the Southwest LRT re: freight rail relocation and water resources impacts this Wednesday, February 12.

Download this document for more info: SWLRT-draft-report-meeting-announcement,-Feb-2014.

Louisiana Southwest Light Rail Transit Open House this Wednesday!

23 Sep

For those interested, the City of St. Louis Park is holding an open house for the Louisiana light rail station planning:

Community Open House
Louisiana Station Area Planning
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford St.

You are invited to an open house to review concept plans for the Louisiana Station Area. The City of St. Louis Park would like to improve access and circulation to the future light rail transit station and determine the desired land uses and character of the area. Please join us to share your ideas and evaluate the concept plans. Participant’s comments at this meeting will help shape the plans and design guidelines for the district. (FYI: South Oak Hill residents Colin Cox and Mark Reuter have been part of the committee providing initial feedback and input on the plans)

For your review, here are the station area concept plans.

For more information, contact the Community Development Department at (952) 924-2575.

Southwest LRT Stations

26 Jun

The two proposed Southwest LRT stations that will be closest to the South Oak Hill will be the Louisiana and Blake stations. If you have thoughts on these two — or any others — there’s a new online resource where you can do so. You can find it at:

You might also appreciate checking out these two documents:

South Oak Hill 2013 Pizza Party – DATE CORRECTION

7 May

Time to reconnect with your fellow SOHers and eat some pizza. It’s the annual South Oak Hill spring pizza party.

We typically make these meetings pretty casual (so we can reconnect and meet any new neighbors). But we’ve also invited guests when there are hot topics or people want to come and speak with us.

This year, we have our new Councilmember Anne Mavity planning to attend. She can talk about Hwy 7/Louisiana and the Southwest LRT, and help with any other issues related to city government. You’ll also have a chance to meet the SWLRT project liaison for St. Louis Park, Sophia Ginis.

We all also talk about our summer ice cream social, fall BBQ and other ways to be connected this year.

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, May 16

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Park Tavern (3401 Louisiana) Party Room (near the main entrance)

Families welcome. We’ll provide pizza and soft drinks. Please RSVP so we can have accurate head count! If you plan to attend, register via the Facebook group or by emailing ccolincox(at)

Help spread the word. We’ll put up our signs this weekend, but they only direct people to our website. So, make sure you let your neighbors who aren’t on the ‘net know about the event.

See you there!

Southwest LRT Open House – Event Summary

22 Apr

This was the summary from SOHer Mark Reuter who attended the recent Southwest LRT open house:

Due to the foul weather, turnout seemed to be quite small. Only three of us were there primarily for the Louisiana station. Staff and elected representatives from St Louis PArk, Hennepin County, the Met Council, Southwest Light Rail Transit planning office, TSAAP (station area planning), and MnDOT were on hand and leading discussions about each of the three SLP stations: Louisiana, Wooddale and Beltline.

Being that the meeting was about station planning, the primary questions revolved around concerns in the immediate station areas: traffic issues, redevelopment of the surrounding areas, noise, crime, etc. How would you get to the station (walk/bike/drive/drop off and what route would you take) and where would you go? The city council is going to be briefed about the results at their study session tonight and I’ll see if anything interesting is said that I missed.

The Louisiana station location seems to be a bit up in the air right now. The original plan called for it to be located on the current Cedar Lake Trail/CP Bass Lake spur line on the east side of Louisiana (ie just south of Sam’s Club). Station Planning is also looking at two other locations: one at the intersection of Oxford and Louisiana and the other where the switching wye crosses Louisiana. These two locations are closer to the major employer in the area, Methodist Hospital, and allow for more redevelopment right next to the station (since Sam’s Club isn’t going anywhere). Incidentally this also moves them further away from all of the apartments North of Hwy 7. The two new locations would also involve at-grade crossings of Louisiana. The original location would need stairs/elevators/ramps to reach the elevated station. The switching wye location would require a replacement southern connection for the freight rail to be built.

Comment cards are available for people to mail in more thoughts and concerns.

Also, the SLP Planning department is involved in forming a sort of advisory committee for the Louisiana area station which I offered to take part in. I’ll let everyone know what happens with that as well.

The website will be updated at some point here with more information from the open houses.

Links Worth Checking Out

17 Apr

Here are some links that South Oak Hill residents might appreciate given the season and the noticeable construction projects in the areas

City Regulations about Door-to-Door Solicitation

  • This includes information about door-to-door sales and fundraising.

Southwest LRT:

  • The Southwest LRT will pass immediately south of the South Oak Hill area.
  • Plans call for a couple stations nearby and possibly a maintenance facility.
  • More information will be available at an Open House on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30-7:30p at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.

City Construction Projects (including road construction):

  • This is a pretty good resource when you see a construction project and want to learn a little bit more about it. (It’s one of my go-to resources)

Hwy 7/Louisiana Re-Construction: and

  • Portions of this project are already underway and is scheduled to be completed next year.
  • This project will affect access into and out of South Oak Hill from our eastern entrance. 

Minnehaha Creek Reach 20 Project

  •  The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has completed a couple of re-meandering projects near our neighborhood and is currently planning on aesthetic improvements for this important waterway that runs across South Oak Hill’s southwestern corner.

Blake Corridor:

  • The Blake Corridor abuts South Oak Hill along its western edge.
  • There’s a substantial collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in this area of Hopkins.