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Wednesday
May252011

Tonight - Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative Public Meeting

Location:  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, 2117 West River Road

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board wants your “two cents” on RiverFIRST.

The Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative launched with an intensive four-day, seven-meeting spree, April 27-30, featuring the MR|DI design team TLS/KVA presenting their RiverFIRST proposal. These meetings were the first in a series of three multi-day information exchange sessions, running April - July, during which the public and Steering, Technical and Advisory committee members are invited to participate in the MR|DI's "iterative design process." (And what is that, exactly? See this blog post.)

The public is invited to meet with the designers – Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich of Kennedy & Violich Architecture and Tom Leader of Tom Leader Studio.  Also presenting will be Mary deLaittre, Project Manager of the MR|DI.

“These meetings, which began in April and will wind up in July, are the second of three wonderful opportunities for the public to have an in-person dialog with the designers as they work toward preparing their recommendation for Upper Riverfront Parks development,” says deLaittre, who is working closely with TLS/KVA and multiple local constituencies to identify and define the functional parameters for the RiverFIRST proposal. “You can expect to see new and more detailed images of the RiverFIRST proposed sites and systems, maps and analysis of current or forthcoming Upper Riverfront projects being overseen by many different agencies, and preliminary timelines and resource identification.”

The third opportunity for in-person comment on RiverFIRST will be in late June or early July, with details announced as soon as they are finalized.

More opportunities to connect:

Community members unable to attend the public meetings will find minutes and video/audio from MR|DI meetings online.

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