A City Council committee approved a design team to oversee Target Center's redesign earlier today.
The City Council's Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee signed off on a contract with Architectural Alliance and Sink Combs Dethlefs to serve as the architecture and engineering team for the project.
Initial concepts released for the redesign show a new glassy atrium at the corner of 1st Avenue and 6th Street.
City Council Member Lisa Goodman (Ward 7), chair of the Council's Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee, praised early design ideas for the 23-year-old entertainment complex.
She said the redesign will transform one of the "ugliest buildings in town" into a more modern, competitive arena with a new look that will complement its neighbor Target Field.
The redesign will also keep Target Center's green roof intact. The 110,000-square-foot green roof was installed in 2009 and is one of the largest in the country.
The full Council will vote on Target Center's design team on May 23.
City leaders brokered a deal with the Timberwolves, Lynx and AEG in late October 2013 for a $97 million facelift for Target Center. The agreement has the city contributing $48.5 million, the Timberwolves and Lynx paying $43 million, and AEG paying $5.5 million. Target Center is owned by the city and managed by AEG.
Target Center hosts about 200 events that draw about 1 million visitors each year.
Target Center's neighbor Block E is also going through a $50 million makeover. Once complete it will be known as Mayo Clinic Square and feature a sports clinic next to new practice facilities for the Timberwolves and Lynx on the complex's third floor.