Forum will discuss redevelopment opportunities for city's Upper Harbor Terminal

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July 8, 2014
By: Bjorn Saterbak
Bjorn Saterbak

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership is kicking off a series of discussions on riverfront issues with a forum on redevelopment possibilities for the Upper Habor Terminal on July 24.

The first Riverfront Vitality Forum will be held 6–7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall St. NE.

With the pending closing of the Upper Harbor Terminal, a 48-acre city-owned property on the west bank of the Mississippi River, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s goal is to reshape a large piece of the riverfront.

“As a community, we’re challenged to find innovative ways to reshape this rare piece of land so that it provides jobs and taxes while improving natural habitat and fulfilling the vision for greenspace and trails along the Mississippi River envisioned by RiverFirst,” said Linda Mack, Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership Board Chair, in a statement.

Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson will begin the July 24 forum with a discussion of the redevelopment of the Mississippi Riverfront and introduce a panel of seven representatives from the Upper Riverfront oversight agencies and stakeholder groups, including: 

  • Joe Mullery, Northside Neighborhood resident, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Gary Cunningham, council member, Metropolitan Council
  • John Anfinson, interim superintendent, National Park Service
  • Kjersti Monson, director of Long Range Planning, City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development
  • Kristin Guild, business development manager, City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development
  • Bruce Chamberlain, assistant superintendent for planning, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Kit Richardson, principal, Schafer Richardson

The Riverfront Vitality Forums will gather stakeholders three times each year to talk about the developments on the Minneapolis riverfront, as part of MRP’s mission to facilitate and coordinate riverfront revitalization.

To register, click here for a free ticket by July 22.