In 2005, the City of Richfield completed a corridor study for the properties that front on I-494 between Cedar Avenue and I-35W. The study envisions the evolution of a strip freeway corridor into a complete community that features a range of housing types, shops, services, entertainment and amenities. The proposed land use pattern for the area is described as an urban village, an area of multiple story buildings that are more densely developed than the surrounding neighborhoods achieving a greater mix of land uses and more pedestrian activity.
One of the key features of the plan is a central greenway link that extends the length of the corridor. Zoning regulations governing the area were amended to encourage mixed-use, pedestrian friendly development.
494 Corridor Zoning Map [PDF]