Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Trail

The Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail runs through Eden Prairie.

The Metropolitan Council gave a $903,635 grant to the Trail Point Ridge/Smith Village project in Eden Prairie on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The project, along Eden Prairie Road on Glory Lane, will create 58 mixed-income homes and is part of a larger plan for affordable town homes and senior living in Eden Prairie. The name of the project comes from its proximity to the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail and the historic Smith Coffee House.

The City Council recently took a step forward on the project when it voted to amend the lot’s designation in the 2030 plan to medium high density residential in a Nov. 13 meeting. Its highly visible placement between Smith Cafe and the regional trail has been taken into consideration by the council, which asked developers and city staff to reconsider the development’s color palette and landscaping to minimize visual impact on drivers and trail users.

Metropolitan Council Community Development Division Director Lisa Barajas congratulated the recipients for their work to “enhance livability and opportunity in their communities.”

The funding is part of the 23-year-old Livable Communities program which has awarded nearly $9.6 million in grants this year to create housing, jobs and investment in Minnesota. Other recent grant recipients included projects in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Richfield.

Eden Teller is the multimedia reporter for Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about fostering productive conversations and empowering communities. When she's not reporting, she can be found reading a book, on a hike or tackling home improvement projects.

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