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Upper Harbor Terminal Plan Approved

The Minneapolis City council approved the concept design & plan for what may be the largest remaining parcel of developable land in Minneapolis.

The 48-acre Upper Harbor Termianl (UHT) site is located along the Mississippi River in north Minneapolis and includes almost a mile of riverfront, generally between 33rd Ave. N. and about 40th Ave. N in the McKinley neighborhood. The site has many positive attributes, including its size, riverfront location and excellent freeway access. However, it also presents many challenges that have complicated the planning process. These include the electrical transmission lines that extend over the site, the rail corridor and Interstate 94 that divide the site from the nearby community, the lack of existing public infrastructure and utilities to serve development, and the presence of existing structures that are potentially eligible for historic designation. The site also is largely surrounded by industrial uses, which makes it more challenging to assess its marketability for potential non-industrial uses.

For the types of private redevelopment, the Concept Plan proposes the following components that would occur in Phase 1 of implementation:

  • An outdoor music performance venue just south of Dowling Ave along the river;
  • A hospitality mixed-use building just north of Dowling Ave along the river;
  • A residential mixed-use complex on the southeast corner of Dowling and Washington Avenues with both market-rate and affordable units;
  • An office mixed-use building on the southwest corner of Dowling and Washington Avenues;
  • An innovative mixed-use building dubbed “The Hub” along the river at about 36th Ave N; and
  • Parking to support the development.

Watch detailed presentation and discussion at City Council meeting:

Download the concept design & plan presentation (4MB):

https://app.box.com/shared/static/29ef7oh0fhffvc67oac3vozku1kzt5oo.pdf

More media coverage:

Minneapolis City Council approves concept plan for riverfront project
The redevelopment would be one of the city's biggest projects in recent years.

Mpls. council backs concept for riverfront development
The Upper Harbor Terminal plan concerns 48 acres of riverfront. It envisions entertainment facilities and affordable housing, and it would restore river access to nearby neighborhoods.

With Minneapolis' first amphitheater, city walks fine line between national and community attraction
Minneapolis riverfront plan has raised concerns for North Siders about their role in redevelopment.

Despite opposition, Minneapolis approves Upper Harbor Terminal amphitheater concept
Residents of North Minneapolis say their views have been ignored during the process.

Everything You Need to Know About Minneapolis' Upper Harbor Terminal Project—And What Happens Next
The massive plan to turn 48 acres of riverfront land into housing, businesses and an outdoor performance venue was approved Friday. Here's a look at the costs and the challenges ahead.

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