Upper Harbor is a large (48 acres) and complicated site to redevelop. While full redevelopment of the site will take many years, some redevelopment activities will happen in the next few years. When redevelopment will occur is dependent on the availability of funding and the real estate market.
The implementation timeline and phasing will be part of the next phase of redevelopment planning (beginning July 2019 and into December 2019) and part of the Coordinated Plan due to City Council in March 2020.
In 2017, the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) selected a master developer to work with the City, MPRB and the community to create a plan for redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal site. The development team is led by United Properties as the master developer. Following community engagement in 2017 and research into the site’s assets and challenges, a draft redevelopment Concept Plan was proposed to the community. This Concept Plan was revised in response to community input, and an amended Concept Plan was approved by City Council on March 1, 2019.
In the next phase of redevelopment planning, the City, MPRB and development team will be working to refine the Concept Plan to complete the more detailed Coordinated Plan for redevelopment of the site. The Coordinated Plan will outline: the park improvements, areas for private development and public infrastructure, an implementation strategy for redevelopment and the terms for the redevelopment agreements. Under the redevelopment agreements the City will convey land to MPRB and the master developer for the first phases of the park and private development.
The next phase of redevelopment planning will include a variety of opportunities for community input. In addition to general community engagement events, the City’s Collaborative Planning Committee (formerly the Community Planning and Engagement Committee) and MPRB’s Upper Harbor Community Advisory Committee will meet regularly. These committee meetings are open to the public.