Action Alert: Deny the Upper Harbor Terminal Concept Plan
The city of Minneapolis should give residents more than one option or redevelopment plan for the city's former port located on 1 mile of riverfront in North Minneapolis.
The City of Minneapolis is moving quickly to review a proposed Upper Harbor Terminal Concept Plan that features a private concert venue and hotel, less parkland and river access than originally called for, and less opportunity for community revitalization. The planning process that led to this concept was supposed to provide meaningful community engagement and opportunities to review and discuss several alternative development proposals or options. It has failed to do so.
The committee vote on approving the concept plan has now been delayed twice - which means community pressure is working! Minneapolis residents, you still have time to tell your City Council representative and Mayor Frey to deny the UHT concept plan at the committee meeting on February 19 and ensure that redevelopment will provide equitable benefits to the Northside community!
This is city-owned land and a once-in-a-generation opportunity. If done correctly, it will add 1 mile of riverfront parks and trails, better connect residents with the river and support community investment, equity and wealth-building. Yet, as FMR and Paul Bauknight wrote in this Star Tribune commentary, the city is poised to squander this opportunity and approve a plan that allows private interests to take the lead and reap the majority of benefits on publicly-owned property.