New designs unveiled for downtown's Nicollet Mall


One day after the plans for a redo of Target Center in downtown Minneapolis were released, the renovation of another area of downtown – Nicollet Mall – is in the spotlight.

Mall boosters unveiled the latest design for a makeover of the one-mile street in the heart of downtown at an event Wednesday, and held a public comment session to hear what downtown employees and residents had to say about it, the The Business Journal reports.

The new design focuses on green space, places for pedestrians to sit and visit, and outdoor amenities like fire pits, performance spaces and an ice-skating rink.

Nicollet Mall, a 12-block pedestrian and bus corridor, was first created in the 1960s and was last upgraded some 25 years ago. The city of Minneapolis and private businesses along the corridor are combining their efforts to push for the redo.

They recently hired the New York design firm James Corner Field Operations to lead the project, and officials from that firm presented their new ideas Wednesday.

Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District, said the mall needs to be "refreshed," according to Finance and Commerce. He said the facelift goes along with the transformation occurring throughout the downtown area, including the new Vikings stadium, Target Field and more residential development.

Nicollet Mall is used by 130,000 employees every day, and it has 34 million square feet of office space, according to city officials. About 35,000 people live downtown, and the city's goal is to double that to 70,000 over the next decade.

The estimated cost of the renovation is $50 million. Organizers had requested $25 million in funds from the state, but the bonding bill currently being debated in the Legislature includes slightly less than that -- $21.5 million. The rest of the funds will come from the city and private property owners along the corridor, Cramer said.

Construction work on the upgrade is expected to begin in the spring of 2015, and should take about a year to complete.

If that timetable holds true, Nicollet Mall's new look will be complete at about the same time as the renovation of Target Center is finished, the new Vikings stadium opens and the new Downtown East development is in place.

Next Up

minnesota fall lake - pixabay

MN is the 3rd best state to move to in the US

That's according to an analysis from a luggage delivery service.

Marcellus go fund me Moorhead

Man pleads guilty in connection with boy's accidental shooting death

A child found the man's gun and it went off, striking and killing the boy.

Pexels - child student school mask covid temperature

95 Minnesota schools have 5+ COVID cases, 2 more school staffers die

There have been 10 school employees who have died from COVID during the pandemic.

SPPD Twitter - homicide shooting 09.23.21

1 killed in daytime shooting near St. Paul gas station

Police don't know a motive and are looking for the suspected shooter.

School lunch cafeteria flickr

MPS changes course, will provide meals to Edison students for distance learning

The district had initially said meals would not be offered during the remote learning period.


Highest county case rates in Minnesota remain in rural areas

Just one of the seven metro counties have a case rate above 30.

st. paul guns 1

Charges: Teen tried to pull 2 guns on St. Paul officers during arrest

Police are asking for help in reducing the number of illegal guns on city streets.

Russell Wilson

Coller: Where does Russ rank among cursed Vikings things?

Matthew Coller's work can be found daily at Purple Insider.

Screen Shot 2021-09-23 at 12.16.08 PM

Missing: 13-year-old girl last seen in Willmar on September 11

Police say she ran away from a girls group home.

rochester school board meeting mask

Ban for those who don't wear masks at Rochester School Board meetings

The board will have people trespassed, which comes with a one year ban from all school property.

Target store snow

Target to hire 100,000 seasonal workers for 2021 holiday season

The Minnesota retailer has seen its business surge during the pandemic.