City may create riverfront development group

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November 15, 2004 // UPDATED 4:41 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The City Council voted 11-0 Nov. 5 to move forward with the establishment of a new group to oversee riverfront development. The organization would be similar to the St. Paul Riverfront Corp., which has spearheaded revitalization efforts in the capital city.

The City agreed to a request for proposals (RFP) for a consultant to determine if a new riverfront group is needed.

Ann Calvert, a senior project coordinator, for the city's Community Planning and Economic Development department (CPED), said Minneapolis might be able to put "more oomph" in riverfront redevelopment with help from a new umbrella group.

"I really think it's a great opportunity to look very strategically at how we are organized to continue this work and celebrate and support the things that we're doing well," Calvert said. "I'm very proud of what we've been able to do, but you can always do more, better, faster."

The consultant would work with a group of riverfront stakeholders, including neighborhood groups, city leaders and developers.

Currently, the city has several groups that weigh in on Mississippi-area development issues, including neighborhood organizations, CPED and historical preservation boards.

Among other things, the St. Paul Riverfront Corp. collaborates with city officials on the Mississippi Design Center, which provide urban design guidance for new city projects.

The riverfront group has led several projects, including St. Paul's Landmark Plaza and Harriet Island renovations.