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Plans for the new Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis unveiled

Architects unveiled their vision for the aging park along Nicollet Mall -- adding more water elements, video screens, concession stands and bathrooms. The renovation will cost up to $10 million. Officials say the redesign will be paid for with private donations.
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Architects unveiled their vision for the aging park along Nicollet Mall -- adding more water elements, video screens, concession stands and bathrooms. The renovation will cost up to $10 million. Officials say the redesign will be paid for with private donations.

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