Downtown East Development Final Alternative Urban Areawide Review
As the designated Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU), the City of Minneapolis has prepared a Final AUAR for the proposed construction of the Downtown East Development.
The AUAR review area includes a five-block area in downtown Minneapolis, with three blocks bounded by South 3rd Street, 5th Avenue South, South 4th Street, and Chicago Avenue South. The additional two blocks are bounded by South 4th Street, 5th Avenue South, South 5th Street, and Park Avenue South.
Two Development Scenarios were studied in the AUAR, both of which are consistent with the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan. Allowed uses within these five blocks included office, retail, hotel, residential, and park.
Minimum Development Scenario: up to 1,400,000 square feet of office; 410 residential units (or 350 residential units and a 150 room/110,000 square foot hotel); 80,000 square feet of retail; and 1,925 parking spaces; all concentrated on the three blocks along South 3rd Street. The two blocks along South 5th Street are proposed for public plaza/park use.
Maximum Development Scenario: up to 2,580,000 square feet of office; 335 residential units (or 275 residential units and a 150 room/110,000 square foot hotel); 105,000 square feet of retail; and 2,675 parking spaces; all concentrated on the three blocks along South 3rd Street and extending along 5th Avenue South for approximately 1/3 of the block ending at South 5th Street. The majority of the blocks along south 5th Street is proposed for public plaza/park use.
The public plaza/park area under both scenarios is consistent with the plaza/park plan proposed by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and being evaluated under the Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium Environmental Impact Statement.
Copies of the Final AUAR are being distributed to agencies on the current Minnesota Environmental Quality Board list. The Final AUAR may be accessed electronically on the City’s website and is also available for review in hard copy at the Minneapolis Central Branch of the Hennepin County Public Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis).
State agencies and the Metropolitan Council have ten days from the date of receipt of the revised document to file an objection to the document with the RGU. An objection may be filed only if the agency filing the objection has evidence that the revised document contains inaccurate or incomplete information relevant to the identification and mitigation of potentially significant environmental impacts, that the review has not analyzed sufficient development scenarios as required by this part, or that the proposed plan for mitigation will be inadequate to prevent potentially significant environmental impacts from occurring.
Any letters of objection should be addressed to:
Ms. Hilary Dvorak
Principal City Planner
City of Minneapolis
250 South 4th Street, Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415