Community Meetings on Revised Concept Plan Scheduled

Thank you to those who provided their input this summer and fall on the draft Concept Plan for the redevelopment of Upper Harbor Terminal! The City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the development team of United Properties, THOR Companies, and First Avenue, appreciate your time and attention to this important project. After reviewing the many comments and suggestions received from the open houses, community meetings and online survey, the team has responded with some revisions to the Concept Plan. We want to share this update with you in the coming weeks at one of the following meetings: 

Above the Falls Community Advisory Committee (AFCAC) – Discussion of Park Boundary

The team is proposing some changes to the public park boundary which will be discussed at the next AFCAC meeting. The park boundary will also be addressed at the community meetings on the entire revised Concept Plan. Please note that the full revised concept plan will not be available at this AFCAC meeting:

Tuesday, November 27

7:05 p.m.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2117 West River Road North

Community Meetings on Revised Concept Plan

Two meetings are scheduled for community members to learn about the revisions to the draft Concept Plan for redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) site:

Saturday, December 8 (Hosted by Council Member Phillipe Cunningham)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2117 West River Road North


Tuesday, December 11

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

2117 West River Road North

At both meetings, there will be a presentation on the following topics, followed by a question and answer period:

  • The overall themes of community input received this summer and fall
  • The revised concept plan and how the revisions and next steps address the overall themes we heard

Both meetings are open to the public, and families are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

What is the Concept Plan?

The Concept Plan is a step midway through the full planning process for redevelopment of the UHT site outlined in the Exclusive Rights Agreement between the City, Park Board and development team. The intent of the Concept Plan is to verify whether the City Council supports the overall direction of the planning before the process dives into the additional planning and analysis needed to prepare the more detailed Coordinated Plan.

The Concept Plan will allocate which parts of the overall UHT site will be used for parkland, infrastructure and development parcels. It will outline the anticipated phasing of development and a tentative Phase 1 implementation strategy. The basic aspects of several Phase 1 core components (e.g., location, land uses and tentative scale) will be proposed, as will potential land uses that will be explored for later phases of development.

Additional extensive community engagement will follow approval of the Concept Plan in order to refine and detail Phase 1 development (including park design and programming) and to make further progress on later phases. Work is under way to identify an updated community engagement plan that will allow a more collaborative planning process moving forward.

Next steps

The proposed minimum park boundary (included in the overall redevelopment Concept Plan) will be recommended to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in January 2019.

The full Concept Plan will be presented to the Minneapolis City Council for consideration in January 2019. Watch the UHT email subscription list for future notices when specific dates have been set.

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