State Funding Approved for Upper Harbor Terminal

State Funding Approved

The Minnesota State Legislature and Governor Dayton have approved a bonding bill that includes $15 million for the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) Phase 1 infrastructure and park. When combined with the required local match, the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will have $30 million in funds for the first phase of public infrastructure (roads and utilities) and the first phase of park development. City and MPRB staff next will work to refine the plan as to which components will be included in the package, seek community input on appropriate aspects of the package, update cost estimates and map out a tentative timeline for implementation.

A companion request for some revisions to tax increment financing law to allow that funding tool to be used more effectively to implement the development plan was not approved and may be requested again in the 2019 session.

Planning and Community Engagement

The City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and selected development team are wrapping up their initial research and work to find potential solutions for the many complicated topics that impact the feasibility of redeveloping the Upper Harbor Terminal. The hope is that the results of this process will be ready for community input soon, perhaps beginning in July. Watch for future announcements of community input meetings and other engagement options once the planning is completed.

Minneapolis 2040 and Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Plan

The draft Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) Plan chapter of the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan is now out for community review and input. The portion of the UHT site between Second St. N. and the Mississippi River is within the designated MRCCA boundary. Community input on the overall Minneapolis 2040 plan and the MRCCA plan are due July 22, 2018. Information on how to provide input may be found here.

Stay informed!

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.

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.