The City of Minneapolis and Green Minneapolis hosted a press conference on Monday discussing the groundbreaking of work being done on Peavey Plaza, located on 11th and Nicollet in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Member Lisa Goodman and Green Minneapolis board chair David Wilson spoke at the event, which discussed the plans and timeline for work being done on Peavey Plaza. Construction is set to begin immediately, with the project scheduled for completion in Summer 2019.

“Great cities have great gathering places,” said Wilson, who also chairs the mpls downtown council 2025 plan’s greening & public realm committee. “And Peavey Plaza will be a great gathering place again.”

The Peavey Plaza revitalization will blend the current structure with new features that will make it accessible for all as well as repair and revamp the water component—making it more green while saving water.

Council Member Goodman said the time is now for revitalizing this space. The project is a public-private partnership, with funding coming from the City of Minneapolis, the State of Minnesota, and private donations raised by the mpls downtown council and Green Minneapolis.

She said one of the key elements of an urban gathering space is having a built-in constituency. Peavey Plaza—which is surrounded by thousands of local employees and residents, restaurants and Orchestra Hall, to name a few—has that built-in location.

The City contracted with landscape architecture firm Coen+Partners as well as Global Specialty Contractors for the rehabilitation work.