Garden Avenue 2023 PMP – Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions from residents related to the Garden Avenue Project. Do not hesitate to ask project staff if your question is not answered below.  Click here to return to the 2023 PMP main page.

When is the Garden Avenue pavement management project going to take place?

The project is proposed for the summer of 2023.

What will the project include?

The project will include replacing the existing pavement on Garden Avenue as it has reached the end of its life. In addition to new asphalt, curb and gutter repairs along with minor utility improvements will be included.

There are several layouts under discussion for reconstructing Garden Avenue. See links on the right to view layouts.  Other items that could be added include sidewalk and additional greenspace boulevard. The final design has not yet been determined. It may be one of the layouts, or a combination of elements from two or three. 

How much will this project cost?

Cost estimates have not been completed at this time.

How much will my assessment be?

Assessments are expected to be calculated per the City’s Assessment Policy. The final amount will reflect the options chosen. No estimates are available at this time.

When will cost and assessment estimates be available?

This information will be available and communicated to affected residents in the summer of 2022.

Will the project narrow the street?

No decision has been made to narrow the street at this time.

This is an option that is being evaluated as part of Falcon Heights’ Complete Streets Policy. Narrowing the street may include benefits such as traffic calming and increased pedestrian safety by narrowing crossing lengths, which must be weighed against negatives such as decreased parking.

Will an off-street sidewalk be added?

No decision has been made to add a sidewalk at this time.

This is an option that is being evaluated as part of Falcon Heights’ Complete Streets Policy. All options with a proposed sidewalk start at the end of the existing resident driveways in combination with narrowing the street. It may include benefits such as increased pedestrian safety which must be weighed against negatives such as decreased parking, cost and maintenance concerns. 

How would a sidewalk affect my assessment? Will I have to pay more?

The City is reviewing multiple funding options related to the sidewalk such as State Aid funding, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, area assessment for the Northeast Quadrant and assessments on Garden Avenue. The option chosen, or a combination of funding options, will affect the assessment amount and which properties would be assessed.

No estimates are available at this time. Assessment estimates will be available and communicated with affected residents in the summer of 2022.

How can I give input and participate in the public process for this project?

Please contact project staff to give feedback on the layouts and other thoughts, concerns or questions about the project.

City staff will host a second neighborhood meeting in July 2022. 

City Council meeting dates and times will be posted on the project website and mailed notices will be sent to affected properties prior to a meeting where the improvements are ordered and prior to an assessment hearing.