2025 plan committees

Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was launched in 2011 as a 15-year plan aimed at completing 10 goals by the year 2025. Today, The 2025 Plan is comprised of roughly 300 volunteers working on six different committees. If you are interested in learning more about The 2025 Plan or its six committees’ work, please contact Mpls Downtown Council at 612.338.3807 or [email protected].

The 2025 Plan’s Development Committee is focused on helping the downtown community thrive throw business and residential growth as well as forging connections that will help attract and retain talent for our downtown community.

Committee Chair: Carl Runck – Ryan Companies

Key 2025 Plan Goals:

 

DOUBLE DOWNTOWN’S RESIDENTIAL POPULATION

Expand the residential population to 70,000 as a catalyst for driving Downtown’s next wave of business vitality, social improvement and cultural renewal. Add 15,000 housing units; expand Class A multi-tenant office space by 3 million square feet; add 1,100 hotel rooms, and build 200,000 square feet of retail space, including at least two new grocery stores.

 

BUILD A NEW VIKINGS STADIUM IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

A new Vikings Stadium, located on the former site of the Metrodome, will be connected to the region’s busiest transit hub (the Transportation Interchange) and will be designed to maximize Downtown’s long-term entertainment value.

 

FORGE CONNECTIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Leverage the Central Corridor’s light rail service to create a stronger link between campus and Downtown. Extend green corridors over the freeway trench that separates the CBD from the West Bank campus and establish a major new residential district on and around the new Vikings stadium site.

 

Initiatives:

  • Explore Downtown Living A free event focused on showcasing 30 residential properties in five downtown neighborhoods to those interested in moving downtown. Includes deals and promotions from local businesses.
  • Office/Hotel Task Force – This group oversees working to attract and retain talent in the downtown area for local businesses. Their Be In Business website showcases the amenities and opportunities only downtown can provide.
  • Retail Task Force – This new retail task force is focused on maintaining a strong retail presence in the heart of downtown.
  • East Town Development Task Force The East Town task force is focused on continuing the rapid growth of investment and development in the area that comprises Downtown East, the Mill District and Elliot Park
  • U of M Task Force – In an effort to create a stronger connection to the University of Minnesota, this task force is working hard to establish more opportunities for students to engage in downtown business.
  • Housing Options Coalition – This task for is working to help establish and pass legislation that will make it more enticing to build condos in the state of Minnesota, which will help condo development downtown.

 

The 2025 Plan’s Greening & Public Realm Committee is committed toward helping add greening to our downtown community and enhancing the public realm.

Committee Chair: David Wilson – Accenture

Key 2025 Plan Goals:

TRANSFORM NICOLLET INTO A ‘MUST SEE’ DESTINATION

Extend and invigorate the original mall segment; establish “must-see” destinations along this route. Re-designate the Nicollet corridor as running from the Walker Art Center, through Loring Park to the Mississippi River, and ending at the foot of the Father Hennepin Bridge.

 “When the new Nicollet opens fully for pedestrian and bus traffic later in 2017, this major and needed infrastructure improvement in the heart of downtown will represent a six year partnership between the City of Minneapolis and the mpls downtown council. From the call for a new Nicollet as a key goal of the Intersections 2025 Plan to the resumption of operation and maintenance responsibility by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District, the effort has represented a cooperative public – private partnership from inception to completion.” — Steve Cramer, mdc president & ceo

BUILD A GATEWAY CONNECTION

A new connection point, stretching from the light rail station on 5th Street to the river, will constitute the new Nicollet’s north end. The central feature will be a large public gathering place just north of the Central Library. The Gateway area will be a development catalyst for the empty blocks that, in 2011, characterize Nicollet’s north end.

 

CREATE AND SUSTAIN A GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND SHOWCASE THE RIVERFRONT

Establish and intensify the tree canopy throughout Downtown. Create green corridors that connect downtown districts and close-in neighborhoods. Enhance and emphasize the Riverfront as a world-class destination and Downtown’s green focal point.

 

Initiatives:

  • Nicollet Mall Project – This project, which will be substantially complete in 2017, will revitalize Nicollet and provide a better pedestrian and greening experience while making downtown’s main corridor a must-see destination.
  • The Commons – A new 4.2 acre park spanning two city blocks in East Town that created a new gathering space for activities and more in our downtown community.

The 2025 Plan’s Downtown Experience Committee aims to create activities and programming that generate a consistently compelling downtown experience and a 24/7/365 environment.

Committee Chair: Tom Whitlock – Damon Farber Associates

Key 2025 Plan Goals:

CREATE A CONSISTENTLY COMPELLING DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE

Deliver a consistently excellent pedestrian experience that inspires people to explore Downtown block after block, no matter the season or time of day – 24/7/365. Embrace density to build the kind of critical mass required to sustain a successful urban core. Leverage theater, music, art and sports attractions to aid in that pursuit.

Initiatives:

  • Northbest: Ads of Minnesota – This new initiative launched in 2016 pays tribute to our local creative ads community by showing a reel of advertisements made by local agencies at The Commons.
  • Made Here MN – This initiative, led by Hennepin Theatre Trust and presented by Andersen Windows is supported by the Downtown Experience Committee. Made Here MN brings vacant storefront windows to life and creates a walking tour of locally-made art throughout the downtown streets.

The 2025 Plan’s Transportation Committee is committed to advocating for enhanced transportation options in our region which ultimately will help drive business, residential and visitor growth.

Committee Chair: John Wheaton – Faegre Baker Daniels

Key 2025 Plan Goals:

LEAD THE NATION IN TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Maintain and improve high capacity for commuters on our streets. Increase transit’s mode share for daytime commuters from 40 percent to 60 percent. Increase circulation within Downtown by installing a Downtown Circulator (whether streetcars or zero emission busses), while intensifying regular transit service in close-in neighborhoods.

Initiatives:

  • Transportation Funding Resolution – The Transportation Committee has the backing of the Mpls Downtown Council Executive Committee to continue supporting additional funding for future transit and transportation investments in our region.

The 2025 Plan’s Ending Street Homelessness Committee focuses on helping end street homelessness in the City of Minneapolis by the year 2025 while also providing resources to those in need.

Committee Co-Chairs: Joseph Desenclos – Minneapolis DID Livability Team & Mark Hamel – Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Key 2025 Plan Goals:

END STREET HOMELESSNESS

Extend housing and outreach efforts so that the 300-500 people who sleep outside or in inhumane places have shelter, treatment and job training that keeps them off the streets.

Initiatives:

  • Education & PR Sub-Committee – The Education & PR sub-committee is working on a campaign that will help the general public understand the best practices for helping those experiencing homelessness through giving time and talent while also providing the proper channels of donations.
  • Downtown Engagement Sub-Committee – Focused on breaking barriers for getting out of crisis through meaningful daytime activities while also accounting for experiences throughout the day and meeting storage needs for those in need.

The 2025 Plan’s Transportation Committee focuses on helping end street homelessness in the City of Minneapolis by the year 2025 while also providing resources to those in need.

Committee Co-Chairs: Eric Caugh – Zelle LLP & Jennifer Gilhoi – The Line Media

Key 2025 Plan Goals:

LAUNCH A CIVIC FESTIVAL OF IDEAS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

An annual festival will bring visitors, innovative thinking and civic energy to a city already noted for its citizen involvement. The festival will focus on creating a better future for all – locally, nationally and globally.

Initiatives:

  • Minneapolis Idea eXchange The MiX is an annual event that brings people from all different parts of our community together to engage in conversations that blend cultures, stir thoughts and kindle solutions. MiX includes discussion panels, interactive workshops, entertainment and exhibitions that help attendees connect, collaborate and innovate in an effort to keep our community engaged and looking toward the future.