The City is hosting an open house this month to share information about the 38th and Chicago Re-Envisioned project – an opportunity for the community to partner with the City on redesigning and reconstructing the intersection of George Perry Floyd Square. The project team will provide interactive activities to gather design ideas for how the intersection could look.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer at the intersection of 38th and Chicago, now known as George Perry Floyd Square. Since his death, the area has become a gathering space for racial healing and reflection. Minneapolis Public Works will reconstruct the intersection after conducting a community engagement process to re-envision the intersection.
Open house for the 38th and Chicago Re-Envisioned project
12-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
Phelps Park (indoor gym), 701 E. 39th St.
This project will seek to balance traditional asset management needs with the intersectionality of justice, healing, placemaking and culture. The streets of 38th Street East and Chicago Avenue South were built in phases between 1957 and 1963 and have exceeded their useful life. Residents and businesses have also faced access challenges while traveling in the area given the expansive memorial and artworks. Given the age and condition of the streets, as well as evolving uses within the space, a reconstruction is necessary to support a re-envisioned intersection.
The reconstruction project will involve the entire public right-of-way and will include the identification and preservation of memorial space, new sidewalks, ADA pedestrian ramps, pavement, curb and gutter, lighting, and utility improvements.
Public Works and community stakeholders will evaluate a range of options that represent transportation, utility, and community-centered public realm needs. This work will also thoroughly consider and explore the integration of METRO D Line bus rapid transit and local bus service on routes 5 and 23.