Compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) requires projects receiving federal funding to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (MnHPO) specifies activities to be carried out regarding historic properties and districts.
Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement Implementation
The Environmental Impact Statement process is complete; mitigation measures are identified in the Final EIS and Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) [PDF]. The Metropolitan Council tracks the implementation of mitigation measures to ensure compliance with the project's environmental documentation and agreements. This page provides updates on the implementation of mitigation measures for impacts to historic properties prior to and during construction.
The Council and FTA began reporting to the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office and other Section 106 consulting parties in December 2016 on the implementation mitigation measures in accordance with the Section 106 MOA. These reports are available below.
Quarterly Report Documents
The Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement requires additional design consultation with residents and property owners in certain areas.
West Broadway Avenue Residential Historic District (Robbinsdale)
The West Broadway Avenue Residential Historic District is located east of the Blue Line Extension route in Robbinsdale, between North 42nd Avenue and Highway 100. This area includes an architecturally diverse collection of Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Craftsman and Prairie style homes, and is the best remaining example of pre-World War II suburban housing in the Robbinsdale area. This area has been home to many prominent local residents. It is eligible for Residential Historic District status in the area of Architecture.
The Metropolitan Council and the City of Robbinsdale hosted a public open house focusing on the West Broadway Avenue Residential Historic District.
Homewood Residential Historic District (Minneapolis)
The Homewood neighborhood is defined by the borders of Plymouth Avenue to the north, Oak Park Avenue to the South, Penn Avenue North to the East and Xerxes Avenue North to the west. In 2002, this area was identified by the City of Minneapolis as a potential historic district and deemed eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places by the State Historic Preservation Office due to the neighborhood being a haven for Minneapolis Jews in a period of intense anti-Semitism during the first half of the twentieth century.
The City of Minneapolis hosted a public meeting focusing on the proposed Homewood Historic District on December 3, 2016. Blue Line Extension Project staff were on hand at the meeting.
The links below provide additional information about Section 106 of the NHPA and the requirements for protection of historic properties: