3 finalists present visions for redesigned Nicollet Mall

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Nearly 50 years after its last major makeover, some new designs are being proposed for Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

KSTP-TV reports that three design teams presented their designs to a panel of 13 judges at the Guthrie Theater Tuesday night. The panelists will announce a winner Thursday.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says the three architects -- James Corner Field Operations of New York, Daoust Lestage of Montreal and Tom Leader Studio of Berkeley, Calif. -- are the finalists from a group of 20 applicants worldwide. The design contest was launched in April.

According to KARE 11, Rybak envisions the new mall as a great American Main Street that connects the downtown core to the city's lakes, and wants the winning design firm to seek input from the community.

Downtown resident Sandy Casto told KARE that she'd like to see more retail businesses because 50 years ago there were "all kinds of stores," and now there's "nothing there."

Approximately 140,000 people come from around the state to either work or visit the 12-block stretch of Nicollet Mall every day.

Construction will begin in 2015, and the redesign is expected to be completed in 2016.

See KARE's report on the Nicollet Mall redesign below.

Below are artist's renderings from each of the design firms:

Proposed design from James Corner Field Operations.

Proposed design from Daoust Lestage.

Proposed design from Tom Leader studio.

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