You can see the project timeline and history of the Upper Harbor site.

Construction: Phase 2

The second phase of construction will focus on:

  • Two mixed-use housing developments
  • Health and wellness hub
  • Additional living wage jobs

Construction: Phase 1

The first phase of construction focuses on:

  • Infrastructure
  • Park improvements
  • Mixed-use affordable housing
  • Living-wage jobs
  • Community performing arts center

Coordinated Plan approved by City Council

The City Council approved the Coordinated Plan for the redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT).

Read the Coordinated Plan in LIMS (Legislative Information Management System)



Concept Plan approved by City Council

The Minneapolis City Council:

  • Approved the Concept Plan
  • Established the Upper Harbor Terminal Collaborative Planning Committee

Read the Concept Plan in LIMS (Legislative Information Management System)

Learn about the planning committee in LIMS (Legislative Information Management System)


Started talking to residents about site redevelopment

The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock closed. The closure:

  • Ended large shipping terminal operations on the site
  • Opened the door to community conversations about redeveloping the site, something we'd been planning and visioning for years

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board started to engage North and Northeast neighborhood residents in redevelopment planning.

Read about the community engagement process

1968 - 2014

Site developed as Upper Harbor Terminal

From 1968 through 1987, the City developed the site as the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT).

The UHT operated until barge terminal operations ceased in 2014. 

Since 2014, the site has been largely vacant.



1880s - 1960s

Site developed as lumber mill

In the late 1800s the site was developed with a lumber mill.

The mill operated until the mid-1900s.

From the early 1900s through the 1960s the remainder of the site was generally undeveloped or used for agricultural purposes.




Treaties at Traverse des Sioux and Mendota

The land was taken from the Dakota people by the U.S. Government through the 1851 treaties at Traverse des Sioux and Mendota.



Indigenous era

Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota

People indigenous to North America have lived in the area we know as Minnesota and near the Mississippi River for over 12,000 years.

Contact us

Hilary Holmes

Community Planning & Economic Development






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