This is a common question. Here’s an October 2023 update from Andrea Salo Weber, manager of MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Properties and Waysides Program.
MnDOT owns a permanent easement on Graeser Park
- There are fee title owners of several parcels within the park but the easement includes all rights to construct and maintain the property.
- It is very similar to ownership.
Both MnDOT and the City of Robbinsdale have been working on the easement conveyance process.
- Once the City gains fee title to all of the parcels, MnDOT will convey the area of the easement to the City which is not required for transportation purpose
- MnDOT will retain some of the original area, including the new stormwater pond.
Timeline of the process
The conveyance date is yet to be determined. Restore Lilac Way will update info as it becomes available.
In 2021, MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Properties Program launched an extensive preservation and restoration project in Lilac Way’s historic Graeser Park. MnDOT’s work was designed and constructed according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The project was completed in 2023 by EAI Historic Restoration.