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Minneapolis seeks feedback on ‘New Nicollet’

by Paul Morgan

The city of Minneapolis is seeking the input of its residents on the design concepts for the New Nicollet Redevelopment Project. This project aims to reconnect Nicollet Avenue, which spans between Lake Street and Midtown Greenway in south Minneapolis.

According to a press release, the city plans to construct Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and Cecil Newman Lane, while the remaining site will be developed into a high-density, mixed-use, walkable area. The demolition of the former Kmart building on the site is scheduled for March, and construction of the road and bridge over the Midtown Greenway will begin in 2025.

Apart from reconnecting Nicollet Avenue, the project has several goals in mind. These include improving access to the Midtown Greenway, providing more affordable housing options, supporting local businesses, creating outdoor public spaces for recreation and leisure, and establishing a safe, fair, and sustainable transportation network.

Using community input and considering city policies and project goals, the project team has created preliminary design concepts for the roadway and potential public spaces. However, the city emphasizes that community feedback will play a crucial role in shaping the final concept. The finalized design will then be presented to the Minneapolis City Council and mayor for approval in early 2024.

To ensure widespread community participation, a survey is available on the project web page, offered in English, Spanish, and Somali. Additionally, an outdoor open house event is being planned for Tuesday, October 10th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the parking lot of the former Kmart on Lake Street.

The New Nicollet Redevelopment Project presents an exciting opportunity for Minneapolis residents to have a say in the city’s future design and development plans. By involving community members in the decision-making process, the city aims to create a well-rounded and inclusive development that meets the needs and desires of its residents. If successful, this project could become a model for other cities looking to engage their communities in urban planning initiatives.

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