Upcoming Upper Harbor Terminal Planning Process Public Meetings

Planning Process Meetings

In anticipation of the execution of the three-party exclusive rights agreement (see below), the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) and master development team (United Properties, THOR Development and First Avenue Productions) have announced a series of public meetings at which community members will be able to provide input to inform the plan for the UHT site.

In order to maximize input opportunities, there will be two parallel meetings per month, held on two different days of the week at different locations and with different formats. The two meetings will cover the same basic topic and seek similar input each month. One meeting will be combined with the monthly meeting of the Above the Falls Community Advisory Committee (AFCAC). These will be held in the evening (starting at 7:00 pm) on the last Tuesday of the month at the MPRB headquarters and will be a meeting format. The second meeting will be held on the last Thursday of the month (except for the first meeting) somewhat earlier in the evening (starting at 5:00 pm) at either Cityview School or Folwell Park. These second meetings generally will be an open house format in which attendees can attend any time between 5:00 and 7:30 pm. All of the events will be family-friendly, and refreshments will be offered.

The meeting pattern is as follows:

     AFCAC Meetings

          7:00 pm; typically last Tuesday of the month; snacks served

          All at MPRB headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.

               Tuesday, May 30

               Tuesday, June 27

               Tuesday, July 25

               Tuesday, August 29

               Tuesday, September 26

     Open House Meetings

          5:00 – 7:30 pm; typically Thursdays; refreshments served

               Thursday, June 8 (Cityview School, 3350 N. 4th St.)

               Thursday, June 29 (Cityview School, 3350 N. 4th St.)

               Thursday, July 27 (Folwell Park, 1615 N. Dowling St.)

               Thursday, August 31 (Folwell Park, 1615 N. Dowling St.)

               Thursday, September 28 (Folwell Park, 1615 N. Dowling St.)

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for GovDelivery email updates on the UHT web site or watch for social media notices on Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor, as meetings may need to be adjusted. Information on the webpage and meeting notices also will provide more details about specific meetings and topics.

The general goals of the first pair of meetings (May 30 and June 8) will be to develop an understanding of the personal connections of the community to the site; acquire the language to talk about destinations with the community; and document the experiences that shape community members’ perceptions of the project.

In addition to these regular meetings and workshops, watch for special events, pop-up engagement at events and community locations, online opportunities and more.

Exclusive Rights Agreement Update

At its May 17 meeting, the MPRB Administration and Finance Committee approved the execution of the three-party exclusive rights agreement (ER Agreement) between the City, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and master development team. This item is expected to be considered by the full Park Board at its meeting on June 7 (see the MPRB board meeting website for an agenda and staff report, expected to be posted about June 2).

Following approval by the Mayor, the agreement will be executed and then will guide the upcoming planning process in which the parties will collaborate, with community input, to formulate a plan for riverfront parkland and private development on the City-owned 48-acre Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) site.

 

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Cindy Anderson, canderson@minneapolisparks.org, 612-230-6472. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call Minnesota Relay System 711. Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.