In 2017, the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) selected a master development team to work with them and the community to formulate a plan to redevelop the City-owned Upper Harbor Terminal site. The development team is led by United Properties and includes THOR Development and First Avenue Productions. Following a phase of community engagement in 2017 and extensive research into the site’s various complexities, a draft concept plan was proposed for the site. This concept plan then was revised in response to community input, and an amended Concept Plan was approved on March 1, 2019.
In the next phase of the process, the City, MPRB and development team will be working with the community to test and refine the Concept Plan in order to complete a more detailed Coordinated Plan for the site. This plan will outline the planned park improvements, private development and necessary public infrastructure, as well as an implementation strategy and the terms for redevelopment agreements under which the City will convey land to the Park Board and development team for at least the first phases of the park and private development. Pending availability of funding, the parties then will be ready to begin actual implementation of the vision.
The upcoming planning process will include a variety of opportunities for community input, including regular public meetings of both a Community Planning and Engagement Committee appointed by the City and a Community Advisory Committee appointed by MPRB.