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Here's how the Mpls. riverfront amphitheater might look

It's part of a project that would also bring housing, offices, and manufacturing to the riverfront.
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First Avenue and some partners are proposing an amphitheater that would seat 8,000 to 12,000 people.

First Avenue and some partners are proposing an amphitheater that would seat 8,000 to 12,000 people.

We heard last week that managers of First Avenue want Minneapolis to have an amphitheater that music fans can ride their bikes to.

Now a drawing of the proposed project shows people might also be able to ride their boat to a show in the city's Upper Harbor area.

An amphitheater is just part of a proposal the city and its Park and Recreation Board will consider for a former barge terminal site that occupies 49 acres along the Mississippi River on the north side of Minneapolis.

New documents made public Wednesday revealed more details about the plan. The proposal comes from real estate developer United Properties and builder Thor Construction, as well as First Avenue Productions, which operates Minnesota's best-known music club.

Other partners include El Dorado Architects and Coen + Partners, which does landscape architecture.

 (Credit: Upper Harbor Minneapolis)

(Credit: Upper Harbor Minneapolis)

A price tag for the project was not among the details released Wednesday. But the developers did provide specifics about how they envision the site being used.

18 acres would be parkland, with the other 31 developed. They're suggesting 700-800 units of housing. About 180,000 square feet would be set aside for a manufacturer. There would also be space for offices, retail and restaurants. While it's not mentioned in the document, a rendering also shows a marina.

One thing the drawing does not show is an existing warehouse on the river that's home to some businesses, including Minnesota Mushrooms. The owner of that company told KSTP that based on the drawings he worries the new amphitheater will put him out of business.

Nothing is for sure yet, though. The city and the Park and Recreation Board would need to sign off on the development before anything can happen. The next step will come next week, on Nov. 3, when the partners in the proposal will make a presentation to city officials and the public at Folwell Park Recreation Center.

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