what’s new downtown
Downtown continues to welcome new projects and investment throughout our five neighborhoods. Over the past year, new projects began and others continued. Here is an update on what’s happening downtown and which new projects will shape our experiences as reanimation continues. See you downtown.
A dazzling new building continues to rise on the north end of Nicollet. RBC Gateway is not only adding more must-visit attractions to the Gateway area, but it is also unique to our market. RBC Gateway will include a Four Seasons Hotel, Minneapolis’ only five-star, as well as luxury condos, office space and retail. You won’t want to miss Gavin Kaysen’s two restaurant projects within the building. This sparkling 37-story tower is set to open in 2022, but you can see the progress daily as it continues to rise.
The Dayton’s Project
A staple of downtown’s history over the past century-plus, The Dayton’s Project building continues to shine with a mix of celebrating its historic past with 21st Century amenities. The building is a hub of activity on 7th and Nicollet both at the street and skyway levels. The Dayton’s Project will feature a food hall and retail on the basement, ground and skyway floors, including grand open staircase connecting multi-levels. Office tenants reside above, with special amenities available including the rooftop terrace, indoor lounge, fitness center, library and more. This building will continue to be a jewel in the heart of downtown for the next century.
IDS Center Crystal Court
IDS Center is wrapping up a $5 million renovation on its Crystal Court, the public space at the base of the 57-story tower. The 23,000-square-foot space, which opened in 1972 and is one of the main hubs of street and skyway traffic in mpls downtown, will feature new trees, a granite reflecting pool with an infinity edge, modular boulder seating, and a refreshed look. The IDS Center Crystal Court renovation is scheduled to be complete by July.
This new office building, which will house the Life Time Work co-working and health club hybrid space, features 125,000 square feet of space. It has an all-glass exterior, including 30-foot-high unobstructed exterior glass walls on the top floors. This Life Time Work location will fill 53,000 square feet of Thirty, and it will include 75 offices, 10 conference rooms, 22 quiet rooms, private phone rooms and a number of meeting spaces.
Rand Tower Hotel
One of downtown’s newest hotels is also one of our more historic buildings. The Rand Tower Hotel blends its 1929 art deco style with the modern amenities you love. The hotel is themed to represent the life of the building’s namesake Rufus Rand—a World War I aviator and inventor. You’ll find aviation themes throughout the building as well as some of Rand’s patents. Enjoy a drink at Whiskey & Soda on the first floor, or enjoy drinks and dinner at the Rand Tower Club on the fifth level—equipped with an outdoor patio AND a retractable roof. Plus, check out great architecture and art, like the gold statue in the lobby area.
The new Eleven condo building is topped off, and when complete its 42-story frame will be the tallest building constructed in Minnesota since 1992. These luxury condos are so sought after that, despite not opening until next year, two-thirds of the building’s 118 units have buyers.
As part of an ongoing focus of connecting to the Mississippi Riverfront, the Water Works project is officially open and is enhancing the green space and along West River Parkway. Our downtown riverfront already features St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park and miles of beautiful paths, and Water Works is adding to the scene. The 3-acre space includes a shared plaza with three outdoor firepits, a terraced lawn overlooking the river, a nature-themed playground, and improved trial connections. There will also be a two-story park pavilion with a restaurant called Owamni by The Sioux Chef, which will open in June. Water Works recognizes the area’s indigenous and industrial histories—showcasing carefully excavated and preserved ruins from three riverfront mills as well as upcoming public artwork that will celebrate the histories, languages and vibrant cultures of Indigenous and Dakota people.
New Restaurants and Retailers
Downtown’s iconic and internationally-recognized restaurant scene continues to evolve and grow, and you’ll find returning and new favorites throughout downtown’s five neighborhoods. Currently there are more than 300 restaurants and retail spaces open for full or partial hours, and more are expected to open this summer. Some of the recently opened or re-opened stores include 112 Eatery, The Butcher’s Tale, Afro Deli, Bar La Grassa, Coconut Whisk, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Sistah Co-Op, Snack Bar, and Whiskey & Soda. Enjoy your favorite spots, or find new favorites. Click Here to see the full restaurant list on our reanimation page.