A new housing development is coming to Coon Rapids Boulevard next year. Centra Homes plans to construct 145 one-level and two-level detached townhomes in the Port Riverwalk area, located in the southern portion of the city near Coon Rapids Boulevard and Avocet Street. Site plans will go to the planning commission this fall and construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.
Several infrastructure improvements in the area are also part of this project. The City is working with Anoka County to add new lighting and landscaping in the area, along with a sidewalk on the north side of Coon Rapids Boulevard and a trail on the south side of the boulevard. The traffic signal at Avocet Street will also be replaced. A pedestrian bridge is also a possibility across Coon Rapids Boulevard, to help connect the north and south sides of the roadway for pedestrians. The City has applied for federal funding to help cover the cost of the pedestrian bridge, but as of the time of this publication, the City has not heard if funding will be received. It will take about three years to complete the entire development.
A public open house will take place later this fall about the project. Check back here on the City’s website and watch the City's social media pages for more information when a date is determined.