There will be a celebration for the project at noon in the IDS Center's Crystal Court. Images of ideas for Nicollet Mall will be on display and there will be a chance to meet the design team and city staff working on the project. Students from Barton Open School will also be performing. A second presentation is planned for 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall.
The May 14 presentations mark the fourth public event designed to gather feedback and ideas from the community for the future of Nicollet Mall.
City leaders have applauded state lawmakers for including $20 million in state bonding for the $50 million project. Both the Senate and House bonding bills include $20 million. The goal is to fund half the project with public funds and the remainder with support from private sources.
Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement Monday thanking legislators for including funding for the project. “This shows that our leaders at the state Capitol understand the value this project brings to our region. Because $25 million is necessary to fully realize the economic development potential of this project and to maximize our partnership with the downtown business community, we will continue to make our case to the legislature in the coming days. A prosperous downtown will translate into better jobs and more vitality to the metro area and Minnesota.”