Critical Corridors Programs

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Ramsey County's Critical Corridors programs offer assistance to qualifying public, private and nonprofit organizations for place-based investments along major transportation, commercial and cultural corridors. The programs are fully funded by the Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) levy. Eligible projects or activities seeking funding must align with the county's Economic Competitiveness & Inclusion Plan and Equitable Development Framework.

Overall program goals

  • Boost connectivity between housing, jobs, retail, services and transportation. 
  • Create more compact, walkable environments.
  • Enhance pedestrian access and safety in connection with redevelopment.
  • Support vibrant business districts.

Selection priorities

Redevelopment projects that:

  • Intensify land use along key corridors, especially those that reduce space used for parking and improve access to transit.
  • Facilitate the development of multifamily housing, such as zoning changes .
  • Promote development activity in disinvested areas.
  • Improve pedestrian or bicycle infrastructure.
  • Propel nearby development without displacing current residents or small businesses. 

Funding solicitation 

A Development & Infrastructure solicitation is expected to publish September 2024. Please check back for updates.

How to apply

Planning program

Commercial Corridor Initiative program

Development + Infrastructure program

Frequently asked questions

Funding awards

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Timeline (Fall 2024)
Development & Infrastructure program webinar

August (date TBD)

Solicitation published

September (date TBD)

Response deadline  October (date TBD)
Funding award decision 

November (date TBD)