UHT Community Engagement Update

 

Over the course of the last several months, the City and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) sought community input related to the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) redevelopment. That input was important in shaping the recently-released Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking a development team for the UHT site. This is a summary of that initial engagement process and how it informed the RFQ.

Process Summary

The City and MPRB held two public open houses (May 24 and June 25) to introduce the site and the project and to gather input. In addition, City and/or MPRB staff made presentations or staffed a table at multiple other meetings/events organized by others.

The input gathered at these events then was compiled and reviewed to identify common themes. This summary information was outlined at a third public meeting on July 11.

A list of these meetings and events, as well as summaries of the input provided, may be found at the community engagement summary page on the newly-launched City/MPRB UHT web site at upperharbormpls.com.

The compiled input informed the following sections of the RFQ (which may be found here:

  • The Characteristics of Success outline the basic goals of the redevelopment process.
  • Input about “what would bring you to the river?” informed the section about possible desired destination options in RFQ Appendix 2.
  • The list of items to be included in each developer submission includes several items of interest or concern to the community, specifically #4, #6, #8 and #9. Item #12 identifies the format in which information on these four items is to be provided to facilitate community input.
  • Several of the criteria that will be used to evaluate the submissions respond directly to community input and concerns.

What’s Next?

Developer submissions are due October 14. One of the steps in the subsequent submission review process will be a community meeting at which input will be sought relative to the four submission items of community interest. This meeting is tentatively planned for the evening of November 3 at Folwell Park, but please watch for a notice about that meeting (via GovDelivery and the web site).

Engagement to introduce the site and the redevelopment process will continue over the upcoming months. Staff also are anticipating some discussions of possible community engagement approaches that could be used to most effectively gather ongoing community input once the developer is selected and the more extensive project planning process begins in early 2017. Please watch for future meeting announcements via GovDelivery and on the web site and also check back to the engagement summary page for information about meetings and events you might have missed. The web site also is where you can take part in any online surveys under way.

Thanks to those of you who took the time to provide input during this initial engagement process. It was appreciated and helpful. We hope that you’ll remain interested and engaged as this important and exciting redevelopment opportunity moves forward!