Construction starts on Peavey Plaza revitalization project

City leaders celebrated the start of construction today on the revitalization of Peavey Plaza, a project that will transform the gathering place in the heart of downtown Minneapolis into a more accessible and inviting public space while restoring key historic features.

Built in 1974, the plaza on Nicollet Mall designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg is a notable example of modernist architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Highlights of the revitalization project include restoring the plaza’s fountains and water features, adding more durable and environmentally friendly paving materials, updating lighting and making design updates to ensure the plaza is compliant with the Americans with Disability Act. The City has a contract with the landscape architecture firm Coen+Partners and Global Specialty Contractors for the rehabilitation work. 

Construction on the plaza will run through May 2019 with a grand opening planned for June 2019 to coincide with the Minnesota Orchestra summer season. The project will be funded with $4 million from the City of Minneapolis, $2 million from the State of Minnesota and $4 million in private donations raised by the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Green Minneapolis, a not-for-profit multi-project conservancy.

The Peavey Plaza revitalization project team held more than 50 meetings in the last year to gather feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including residents, safety specialists, historic preservationists and accessibility representatives, among others. 

Visit the project page on the City’s website for more information on the Peavey Plaza revitalization project.  


Published May 14, 2018



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