The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Cultural Resources Unit (MnDOT CRU) has reviewed the I-35W Transit/Access project for compliance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration. Section 106 requires federal agencies to consider the impacts of projects they conduct, fund or permit on historic properties. If a project will adversely affect a historic property, the federal agency must consider ways to avoid, reduce or mitigate the adverse effects. Under Section 106, historic properties are buildings, structures, objects, districts, or sites (including archaeological sites), that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places or that meet the eligibility requirements of the National Register.
In determining impacts to historic properties the federal agency (or their designated agents) first defines a project’s area of potential effects (commonly referred to as the APE). The APE is the geographic area in which a project may directly or indirectly cause alterations in the character or use of historic properties if any are present. Some of the types of effects considered in defining the APE include such direct impacts as removal of a property, but also potential visual and auditory effects to historic properties and their settings.
The MnDOT CRU retained professional historians from Summit Envirosolutions to survey the project APE to identify any historic properties that may be present. The survey included identification of known historic properties as well as previously unknown properties that meet the National Register eligibility requirements. The following historic properties have been identified within the project APE:
- Amos B. Coe House, 1700 3rd Avenue S.
- Clinton Flats, 326-336 E. 18th Street
- Apartment Building at 4th Avenue S. & E. 18th Street
- Hudson Apartments, 343 E. 19th Street
- Stevens Square Historic District, vicinity of E. 17th Street, 3rd Avenue S., 1st Avenue S., and Franklin Avenue
- Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District, vicinity of 1st Avenue S., E. 26th Street, 4th Avenue S., and Franklin Avenue
- 24th Street Commercial Buildings, E. 24th Street and 5th Avenue S.
- W. J. Jennison House, 2546 Portland Avenue S.
- The Minerva Apartment Building, 2809 Stevens Avenue S.
- Chicago, Minneapolis & St. Paul Grade Separation Historic District (Midtown Greenway)
- Stewart Memorial Presbyterian Church, 116 E. 32nd Street
- Healy Block Residential Historic District, vicinity of 2nd Avenue S., E. 31st Street, 3rd Avenue S., and E. 32nd Street
- Dunn House, 3128-3130 3rd Avenue S.
The MnDOT Cultural Resources Unit (CRU) has determined, and the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office (MnHPO) has concurred, that there will be no adverse effects to 14 of the 15 historic properties. While MnDOT CRU has made a determination that the segment of the National Register of Historic Places-listed CM&StP Grade Separation District is non-contributing due to loss of historic integrity, the MnHPO has requested that the MnDOT CRU defer its final determination of eligibility and assessment of adverse effects for this historic property until the CRU completes a reevaluation of the entire district in conjunction with an unrelated project. A programmatic agreement is being prepared to outline the actions to be taken by the parties to complete the historic properties review for this project.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
MnDOT Cultural Resources Unit
395 John Ireland Boulevard, Mail Stop 620
St. Paul, MN 55155-1800