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Southwest LRT municipal consent hearing moved to May 29

A hearing on municipal consent for the Southwest LRT project has been moved back two weeks, to May 29.

The joint meeting of the Metropolitan Council and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, originally scheduled for May 12, was delayed because the Met Council sent incorrect design information to Minneapolis. Due to the re-send, there was not enough advance-notice time before the original hearing.

The Met Council seeks approval from the county and the five cities affected by the proposed $1.68 billion light-rail line between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie.

The two-week delay extends the review process until July 14, even though supporters had been working with a June 30 deadline for getting municipal approval.

The new May 29 hearing time is 6 p.m., at the Hennpin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St. An open house with information on the project will start at 5 p.m.

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