Community engagement

The Upper Harbor redevelopment plan reflects the community's values and priorities.

Values and priorities

Community members meeting



We worked in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to plan and implement a six-year community engagement process. This process allowed North Minneapolis residents to share their thoughts with us. These values and priorities reflect their ideas and guided the redevelopment plan.

  • Economic inclusion
  • Anti-displacement and anti-gentrification
  • Wealth creation and community ownership
  • Affordable housing
  • Environmental justice and sustainability
  • Accessibility and mobility to and within the site

Engagement Overview: 2015 - 2021


  • Phase 1 (2015 - 2017): Visioning
  • Phase 2 (2018 - 2019): Land uses and Concept Plan 
  • Phase 3 (2019 - 2021): From Concept Plan to Coordinated Plan 



We offered North Minneapolis residents a variety of ways to share their ideas, including:

  • Attend online and in-person open houses, community meetings and events
  • Participate in online and in-person focus groups 
  • Participate in a front porch conversation during our door knocking campaign in the McKinley neighborhood
  • Visit the Upper Harbor site  
  • Serve on our advisory committees 
  • Respond to our online surveys 


We used the following tools to provide residents with information and updates about the redevelopment

  • Project website (created in 2015) 
  • GovDelivery email listserv and email distribution lists 
  • Radio interviews  
  • Social media  
  • Print media  
  • Direct mail campaigns


Contact us

Hilary Holmes

Community Planning & Economic Development






Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415