2022 Swede Town Phase II SRP Project  

Construction Updates (week of July 18) 

  1. Background Information

The Street Renewal Program (SRP) began in 2000, and has reconstructed over 32% of the city’s roadway system. This program was developed to reconstruct streets that are in poor condition including the bituminous surfacing, concrete curbing, and poor stormwater surface drainage. This also includes replacing the existing sanitary sewer, watermain, and storm sewer that has aged and deteriorated over time. This infrastructure has reached the life expectancy that is typically around 70 years. 

The SRP project area for 2022 is proposed to be approximately 0.46 miles of fully reconstruction in the Swede Town Neighborhood which is bounded by Harrison Street to the north, Jackson Street to the south, 7th Avenue to the east and 4th Avenue to the west.  The project will involve the complete reconstruction of the pavement, concrete curb & gutter, watermain, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, service laterals, existing sidewalks, driveway aprons, and street lights along the following streets; 5th Avenue (Jackson St to Harrison St), School Street (5th Av to 150’ W of 6th Av), and Van Buren Street (5th Av to 6th Av). The 2022 SRP project will also include the portion of Gray Street between Branch Avenue and Ferry Street which was removed and be locally led from the State’s Highway 10 Rum River Bridge Replacement & Corridor Improvement project. The estimated cost of the 2022 SRP project is $2,047,000.

2022 SRP displays (w Gray St)
  1. Review Supporting Materials
  1. Infrastructure Changes

This project is proposing a number of new infrastructure changes which consist of the following: 

  1. Special Assessment Information

Special assessments are a charge imposed on properties for a particular improvement that benefits the owners of those selected property. Based on Minnesota Statues Chapter 429, the city has the authority to “levy and collect assessments for the project upon property benefited thereby”.

The typical residential property assessment is approximately $8,590. 

Assessments are proposed to each benefiting property within the project area limits. The assessments for the street reconstruction will be according to the City’s Street Reconstruction Assessment Policy. The proposed residential assessment rate for 2022 will consist of a $4,030 street unit assessment and a $22 per lineal foot street assessment. Each residential property will be assessed for a water service ($1,460) and sanitary sewer service ($1,340) that is being installed from the new mains to each property line.

For example, a typical 80 foot residential lot would pay the following proposed assessment:

Street Unit Assessment

Street Footage Assessment ($22 x 80’)

$ 4,030

$ 1,760

Water Service Unit Assessment

$ 1,460

Sanitary Sewer Service Unit Assessment

$ 1,340

Total Assessment:

$ 8,590

Assessments are levied over a 10-year period at a 5% interest rate. The annual payment for an $8,590 assessment is approximately $1,119. 

For all other properties, including but not limited to, four or more unit residential properties along with commercial, industrial, school and church properties will be double the amounts presented above, with the exception of the sanitary sewer unit assessment.  

The city of Anoka encourages eligible property owners who may have a hardship with a special assessment to apply for deferral.  Please review the following qualifications regarding the possible deferment of a special assessment.

Deferral is possible if application is made and:

  1. The property upon which the assessment is levied is homestead; and
  2. The homestead property is owned by:
    • A person at least 65 years of age on January 1st of the payment year, for whom it would be a hardship to make payments, OR
    • A person who is retired by virtue of a permanent and total disability for whom it would be a hardship to make the payments.

 If you have further questions regarding the assessment or deferment options, contact the Anoka Assessing Department at (763) 576-2730.

  1. Project Schedule

The following is the proposed project schedule:


August 16  

City Council Authorized Feasibility Report

December 7

Neighborhood Meeting

December 20  

City Council Approves Feasibility Report, Sets Date for Public Improvement Hearing and Assessment Hearing


January 4

Mail Hearing Notices to Property Owners

January 18

City Council Holds Public Improvement Hearing and Assessment Hearing and Orders Preparation of Plans and Specifications

February 7

City Council Approves Plans and Specifications and Authorizes Advertisement for Bid

March 17

Open Bids at City Hall @ 11:00 am

April 4

City Council Approves Bids and Awards Contract


Start Construction

October 21

Construction Substantial Completion

October 28

Construction Final Completion

  1. Underground Irrigation Systems

Construction activity will disrupt the boulevards where an irrigation system may be installed. We feel that as a part of the project, it is our responsibility to restore the systems we have been notified about. The City of Anoka will hire an irrigation system contractor to disconnect your system when the project begins and restore the system at the end of the project. 

Click here to fill out a brief questionnaire, which will provide notice to the city that your property has an irrigation system.  

Regrettably, if we do not receive acknowledgement that you have an irrigation system by the time construction starts this spring, it will be your sole responsibility to repair your own system. Click here to fill out a brief questionnaire.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions

Click the video or PDF below to find answers to frequently asked questions. If your question is still not answered, please refer to the next tab, Submit a Question or Provide Feedback.

  1. Submit a Question or Provide Feedback

If you have feedback,  questions, or concerns, click here to fill out the resident feedback form and a project team member will reach out to you. You can also email project questions to via email at publicservices@ci.anoka.mn.us