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
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.