City of Red Wing

Red Wing River Renaissance Project Included in Minn. House Bonding Proposal

Thursday, March 27 2014 12:00 AM

ST.  PAUL—The  chair  of  the  Minnesota  House  of  Representatives  Capital  Investment  Committee  has
included  $6  million  in  funding  for  the  Red  Wing  River  Renaissance  project  in  her  version  of  state’s
bonding bill. 

Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL-St. Paul) unveiled her bonding bill proposal today, which includes a total of
$1.3 billion in funding for projects throughout the state. The city of Red Wing had requested $6 million
in bonding dollars for the Red Wing Renaissance project, and Rep. Hausman’s proposal includes the full
amount of the city’s request.

“I want to thank Rep. Hausman for supporting the River Renaissance, as well as our Rep. Tim Kelly, who
is  sponsoring  the  project,”  said  Red  Wing  City Council  member Peggy  Rehder.  “This  project  will  help
revitalize our historic downtown and encourage more visitors to spend time in our community.”

“The inclusion of the River Renaissance in Rep. Hausman’s bonding proposal is great news for the city of
Red Wing and the entire region,” said City Council President Lisa Pritchard Bayley. “By upgrading our
riverfront, improving trail access and making much-needed repairs to the Sheldon Theatre, we will be
able to boost tourism and bring more dollars to our local businesses.”

There are several components to the River Renaissance project, including reconstruction of portions of
Levee Road, realignment of the Riverwalk Trail to separate pedestrians and bicyclists from motor vehicle
traffic  and  to  connect  downtown  Red  Wing  to  other  trails,  upgrades  to  the  Sheldon  Theatre,  the
construction of a riverboat dock and reconstruction of a small-boat harbor. The city hopes to match $6
million  in  state  bonds  with  an  additional  $6  million  from  other  local,  state  and  federal  sources  to
complete  the  project,  which  has  wide  community  support  from  the  Chamber  of  Commerce,  local
businesses, school and city officials, and other recreational and community groups.  

The River Renaissance project was not included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal, released in
January,  and  the  state  Senate  has  yet  to  propose  its  version  of  the  bonding  bill.  However,  project
supporters see its inclusion in the House proposal as positive sign that the project could be included in
the final version bonding bill, which the Legislature is expected to pass in May.