City Council Approves Upper Harbor Coordinated Plan

October 8, 2021

The Minneapolis City Council approved the Upper Harbor Coordinated Plan creating parkland, public infrastructure, housing, production space, community-supporting commercial space, a community hub and a community performing arts center. The City Council dedicates part of the lease payments from the private development to a special fund that prevents displacement and creates wealth for current residents on the North Side. 

Beginning in 2019, the City of Minneapolis, United Properties, First Avenue, and the Upper Harbor Terminal Collaborative Planning Committee —a community advisory committee of North and Northeast Minneapolis residents and organizations—began modifying the Upper Harbor Terminal Concept Plan into the Coordinated Plan for redevelopment to achieve more equitable and inclusive outcomes for north Minneapolis.  

“As the Council Member representing the Ward where the entire Upper Harbor project will take place, I am thrilled to see the Coordinated Plan pass with overwhelming support from the City Council,” said Council Member Phillipe Cunningham. “This brilliant plan is the result of a groundbreaking collaborative process between community, the City of Minneapolis, and the private development team. Thank you to the members of the UHT Collaborative Planning Committee for their countless hours and commitment to maximizing community benefits for the Northside from this project. This is a real example of how to right historic wrongs and use private development for public benefit.”  

"The Upper Harbor project is a decisive step forward in addressing historic inequalities on the Northside," said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Thank you to community, City staff, and all our partners who came together and continue to do the hard work to deliver on such an important project for our city." 

Public engagement for the Coordinated Plan was done in partnership with the Public Policy Project-Environmental Justice Coordinating Council—with support from Pillsbury United Communities and the McKnight Foundation—who hosted monthly Learning Table events, in addition to City-hosted public meetings and a public comment period. 

The estimated $350 million development of the Upper Harbor will occur over many years in multiple phases with the expectation at the end to include:  

  • 19.5 acres of new parkland and river access 
  • 520 units of housing 
  • 45,000 square feet of commercial space 
  • A 7,000 to 10,000 person CPAC 
  • A health and wellness-oriented Community Hub
  • 160,000 to 180,000 square feet of production and makers space to support and estimated 300 living wage jobs
  • New parkway, bicycle and pedestrian trails and related infrastructure 

Learn more about the Upper Harbor redevelopment