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June 17, 2013

Four design teams named as finalists for Nicollet Mall transformation project

One team will be chosen this fall to lead the mall’s redesign

WHAT:          Members of the City Council’s Transportation and Public Works committee are briefed on the four finalist urban design teams selected to compete in a competition for redesigning Nicollet Mall.

WHEN:           9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013 

WHERE:         Minneapolis City Council Chamber, room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

MORE:          The City, in partnership with the Minneapolis Downtown Council, is spearheading an effort to redesign and reconstruct Nicollet Mall, which hasn’t had a major reconstruction since the late 1980s. The roadway is used primarily by public transit, and years of heavy bus traffic has caused extensive wear and tear on the street. The granite-paved sidewalks are also in need of replacement, and ongoing maintenance costs of them have increased.

The purpose of the collaboration is to develop a new vision and concept design for the mall to ensure it remains the leading center for business in the metro area and Minnesota and helps spur growth for decades. Four urban design teams have been selected to compete as finalists in the Nicollet Mall Design Competition. All four are comprised of current leaders in urban design who are experienced and capable of producing excellent urban places and destinations. The goal of the design competition is to select an urban design team to work with the City and the Downtown Council on this redesign effort.  Members of the Transportation and Public Works committee will be briefed on these finalists as well as the timetable of the project.

The competition will provide the City with multiple visions for Nicollet Mall and will give the City the opportunity to see how different urban design teams approach the challenge of redesigning the mall. In September, the team selected through this process may be hired by the City to develop a final design concept. The final concept may – or may not – incorporate elements from any of the teams’ designs. When a final design team is selected, there will be a robust public conversation about what Nicollet Mall means to Minneapolitans and how this vibrant area can be re-visioned in an urban, modern and dynamic way.

That public conversation will help to guide the selected design team as they develop a design for a new Nicollet Mall that will truly be a source of pride for the city and state.

 

Published Jun 17, 2013