Forest Lake explores downtown redevelopment

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jan 26, 2022

The Town of Forest Lake wants to revitalize its downtown core and a new plan calls for the redevelopment of Broadway Avenue and the Lake Street Corridor.

Downtown has seen closures and vacancies.

Rich Spratt, the owner of Dick’s Tattoo, says he’s seen quite a few businesses shut down due to COVID-19.

“We’re like a lot of other cities, downtown (has) worn down a bit and needs to be revitalized,” Spratt said.

Meanwhile, Forest Lake City Administrator Patrick Casey said they have a plan to bring downtown back to life.

“It’s time to try and see if we can make it better, attract more businesses and people, and make it a place of destination,” Casey said.

City officials unveiled their downtown plan to the public on Tuesday evening. This plan includes attracting new businesses, restaurants, events, making the area more walkable, and showcasing the lakefront. You can find the schedule by clicking HERE.

The city hopes the plan will attract people just a few miles along I-35 to downtown.

“Target, Walmart, Home Depot and Menards, so it’s a busy place right off the freeway. The challenge is to get them off the freeway there and tell them there’s a city ​​center How do you get to the city center?

The city would like the plan to be in place by May, and Spratt hopes it will benefit businesses that have stayed downtown.

“I want to see the people who are here being able to thrive, so if they’re going to bring things here, hopefully it will benefit them,” Spratt says.

Like a tattoo, the city hopes to leave a new imprint in the city center.

If you want to give your opinion on the plan, CLICK HERE.