Collaborative Planning Committee kicks off work with project team on Upper Harbor redevelopment project in north Minneapolis

The City’s 17-member Collaborative Planning Committee starts work this week advising the Upper Harbor redevelopment project team on the next phase of community engagement and a refined Concept Plan for redeveloping the 48-acre site along the riverfront in north Minneapolis.

Throughout the summer, the committee will work with City staff, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the project’s development team on community engagement, refining the first phase of the concept plan and visions for future development. The City is also working with Pillsbury United Communities, who has an engagement grant from McKnight and will partner with the project team to develop engagement tactics and strategies to bring more people into this process.

“Our objective for engagement is to combine the expertise of community, the development team, and City staff to refine the Upper Harbor Concept Plan into an achievable Coordinated Plan based on economic fundamentals and equitable development outcomes,” said Erik Hansen, the City’s director of Economic Policy and Development.

Earlier this year, the City Council approved a Concept Plan for redeveloping the 48-acre site along the riverfront in north Minneapolis home to a former barging terminal. The first phase is expected to include affordable housing, mixed-use development, riverfront parkland and an outdoor music performance venue.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is also establishing a Community Advisory Committee that will work concurrently on park-related components of the redevelopment project.

A more detailed redevelopment plan for the Upper Harbor site is expected to be reviewed by the City Council in the spring of 2020.

To learn more about the Upper Harbor project and about opportunities to participate in the planning process, visit the project website:

Contact: John Louis, 612-673-5015