Perhaps condemnation of the plan to route the Cedar Lake Trail under a new Twins stadium was premature. The stadium plans are on hold while Hennepin County and the landowners argue about the value of the land.
Because the Twins are down to one site that has been discussed, the landowners are inflating the price versus appraisal (and the fact that it’s basically a garbage dump and parking right now).
If this gets held up for a long time, or the Twins are forced to shop a new site, in theory the Cedar Lake completion could move ahead — it’s to mirror the railroad tracks (which were also to tunnel the new stadium) on already-procured right-of-way. But then again, depending on what kind of bizarre social-political wranglings go on, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the trail completion held up indefinitely, either.
On the plus side, at least construction of Phase IV of the Midtown Greenway may start soon. It’d be nice to have one of the major commuter routes link to the river…