City of Minneapolis seeking community input to help shape New Nicollet Redevelopment Project

September 28, 2022

The City of Minneapolis wants to hear from community members about their visions for the future of the former Kmart site. The City is reconnecting Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway as part of the New Nicollet Redevelopment Project.

The project represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help reshape the future of the site and contribute to an increased quality of life for people living and working in the immediate area.

Ways to share feedback

  • Take an online survey. Feedback will be collected until Nov. 30, 2022.
  • Participate in a Walk Bike Roll Audit 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Lake Street and Blaisdell Avenue. Share your feedback and vision for the new Nicollet Avenue with City staff and representatives from Our Streets Minneapolis.
  • Attend an open house 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Abyssinia Cultural Center, 322 W. Lake St.
  • Learn about the history of the former Kmart site.

The City of Minneapolis owns roughly 10 acres of land formerly home to the Kmart store. Reopening Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street has been a top City and community priority for decades. Reopening the street will reconnect neighborhoods, reestablish the street grid and set the stage for new development on land currently home to single-story retail buildings and surface parking lots.

The broad project goals include:

  • Reconnecting people and places.
  • Building safe, equitable and sustainable transportation networks.
  • Building for who is there.
  • Designing space to live, work, shop and play here.
  • Designing safe and healthy communities.

This first phase of engagement focuses on open dialogues with community members who live, work, shop and visit the area. The second phase will focus on a public space plan and Nicollet Avenue layout plan, which will require City Council approval. The third phase of engagement will discuss the future development of buildings.

Learn more about the New Nicollet Redevelopment Project and how to stay up-to-date on the project.