Nov 16, 2022 - Business

Upper Harbor development comes into focus

A rendering of an amphitheater

Photo: LSE Architects via city of Minneapolis

The redevelopment of the North Minneapolis riverfront is taking big steps forward.

What's happening: Crews have demolished most of the old structures and ripped out railroad tracks in preparation for $350 million worth of development on the 48-acre former Upper Harbor Terminal.

  • Now developers are seeking planning commission approvals for individual projects.

Why it matters: The project will improve access to the river, provide funding for the North Minneapolis community and bring jobs, entertainment and housing to the city.

Zoom in: First Avenue has submitted new renderings for the 8,000-person amphitheater that would anchor the development. The renderings differ from early iterations, which had more structured levels of seating.

  • The perimeter of the amphitheater would be lined with shipping containers that would serve as concessions stands, according to the plans.
  • Construction is expected to begin this spring, with completion in early summer 2024, according to a city memo. Concerts would start that summer as well.

Details: That's not all that's moving ahead.

  • Construction on 20 acres of parkland is also expected to begin in the spring, with completion in 2024 or early 2025.
  • Plans call for trails, a large lawn, a public plaza, picnic pavilions, docks and a boat landing.

Yes, and: Master developer United Properties has submitted plans for the first multifamily housing project — a six-level building with 212 units, 9,300 square feet of commercial space and 283 parking stalls.

  • The earliest construction on that building could start is fall of 2024, according to the memo.

What's ahead: Planning commissioners will get informal presentations of the projects at a Thursday meeting.

A rendering of a U shaped apartment building
United Properties' proposed apartment building in North Minneapolis. DJR Architecture and MDA Architecture, via city of Minneapolis

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