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The alley on the Hamline Midway Library’s block will be reconstructed using permeable pavement technology this month thanks to the efforts of HMC’s Community Building Committee and staff, Capitol Region Watershed District, and the City of St. Paul. This project will allow stormwater and its accompanying pollutants to soak into the ground rather than run off into local lakes and rivers and will serve as a pilot project for possible future implementation.
In the spring of 2011, Hamline Midway Coalition’s Community Building Committee organized a meeting between interested neighbors, the Capitol Region Watershed District, and the City of St. Paul to explore the possibility of “green alleys” in the neighborhood to bring residents together around water quality improvement and alley beautification. Committee members presented an HMC board resolution and testified at the Capitol Region Watershed District's Board of Managers meeting in support of funding for permeable pavement projects later that year.
The City of St. Paul's Water Resource Manager researched existing pervious pavement and its maintenance regimen in conjunction with Public Works and sought a demonstration project area. With the library’s parking lot (located in the alley behind the building) slated for traditional resurfacing this year, the library’s alley became a natural choice.
Construction begins Monday, October 15, 2012 and will affect alley access and library parking. Access to the book drop and the wheelchair accessible entrance (west door) will be maintained via the sidewalk from Minnehaha Avenue. Please see the attached map for more information about construction and access.