The mpls downtown council, 2025 plan and Green Minneapolis hosted an event on Monday, April 2 at IDS Center Crystal Court that highlighted new visions of how the Post Office along the Mississippi Riverfront and its surrounding area could be repurposed in connecting the river to our downtown core.

Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan sets a goal to showcase the Mississippi Riverfront as a world class destination. The mpls downtown council and Green Minneapolis joined the Minnesota Design Center in envisioning a revitalized mixed-use Post Office site and linear park connecting downtown to the riverfront.

The event included unveiling a model created by students from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design that brings to life the potential for transforming seven acres of riverfront land and one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the city. The approximately 150 attendees viewed images of the Gateway linear park designed to create a vibrant pedestrian connection between Nicollet and the riverfront while learning about the historic, cultural, recreational and economic benefits of redeveloping the Post Office site in to a must-see downtown destination.

presenters included:

  • Jacob Frey, Mayor, City of Minneapolis
  • Jono Cowgill, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board District 4 Commissioner
  • David Wilson, Senior Managing Director, Accenture & Chair of Green Minneapolis
  • Tom Fisher, Dayton Hudson Land Grant Chair in Urban Design and Director, Minnesota Design Center
  • Rich Varda, Design Principal, RSP Architects
  • Tim Griffin, Senior Research Fellow, Minnesota Design Center
  • Jay Cowles, board member, mpls downtown council & Downtown Improvement District

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