Construction plans for the Central Corridor light-rail system (LRT), which are scheduled to begin in May, have raised concerns and met resistance from both local businesses, and the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.
Chris Ferguson, the Stadium Village Commercial Association representative for light-rail talks, told the Minnesota Daily that the group leading the project, has been unwilling to discuss staging construction to avoid interfering with businesses.
Based on their failure to find common ground, many local business owners fear a substantial loss in revenue due to poor parking and demolished sidewalks.
"If pedestrians continue to be able to only cross on one side of the road," Kerry Kramp Jr., owner of nearby Raising Canes said, "it could do a lot of harm for other businesses."
Concurrently, in an article published by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, the Minnesota Board of Regents also expressed their disapproval for the upcoming Light Rail construction.
According to the Board of Regents the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility, located in the basement of Nils Hasselmo Hall, which houses research facilities for diseases like AIDS and cancer, would be affected by the train. Of their concerns, vibration and electromagnetic interference top the list, according to University researchers.
"The fact is, we're not trying to site a nuclear reactor," Minneapolis Mayor and LRT advocate R.T. Rybak said, "We're siting a tremendous transportation amenity."