Latest Nicollet Mall redesign ideas will be presented Feb. 19

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January 22, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

The team behind the Nicollet Mall redesign project will present its latest round of design ideas to the public on Feb. 19.

Representatives from the design team will be available from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in Pohlad Hall at the Central Library. A presentation will be given at 5:15.

New York City-based James Corner Field Operations was chosen to lead the redesign project on Sept. 24 after a lengthy search process and design contest held by Minneapolis. Since then James Corner’s team, which has eight firms total, including four from Minnesota, has solicited feedback from the public through an online survey and an open house held on Nicollet Mall Dec. 5.

A more detailed project concept design is due in the spring, which will coincide with the state’s decision on whether or not to include Minneapolis’ request for $20 million in state bonding money to help pay for the estimated $53 million project. Gov. Mark Dayton has included $20 million for Nicollet Mall in his $986 million bonding proposal.

Downtown Council President Steve Cramer said last week that the remaining money would come from businesses on the mall, from which he has a “general level of support,” although “no assessment methodology is in place yet.”

Minneapolis budgeted $1 million for project design and community engagement while waiting on state bonding money. If everything goes according to plan the new Nicollet Mall would be open late summer 2016, around the same time the new Vikings stadium is scheduled to open.