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Upper Harbor is a massive redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) that is planned for 48 acres of land within the McKinley neighborhood in North Minneapolis.

In total, the development will include a 19-acre Northside riverfront park, a Community Performing Arts Center, a Community Health & Wellness Hub, retail and office space, along with numerous housing opportunities (both for rent and ownership). The project is anticipated to bring at least 300 living-wage jobs to the Northside area.

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The history of the site is somewhat complex. The project’s website gives you a pretty good look into the past, but if you’re in a rush, we have a quick recap below.

In the mid-1800’s, the site was taken from the Dakota people by the U.S. Government and was redeveloped. Previous uses include lumber yards, mills, and commercial gardens. In the late-1960’s, the site became home to a large, intermodal barge shipping terminal which closed in 2014. At that point, the land transitioned to become a storage site for commodities that are trucked in and out.

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The UHT project provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a large-scale, community-building asset in North Minneapolis that connects North Minneapolis to the Mississippi River. The project will be grounded in a restorative approach towards racial justice that meets the needs, aspirations and priorities of the nearby residents.

Planning efforts for the future of UHT began a number of years ago with a community engagement period that lasted from 2015-2017. In 2017, United Properties was selected to become the Master Developer for the UHT project and since then has worked with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to come up with a redevelopment plan.

In 2019, the City of Minneapolis, United Properties, First Avenue and the Upper Harbor Terminal Collaborative Planning Committee (UHT CPC) along with a Community Advisory Committee of Northside residents and organizations came together to work on modifying the UHT Concept Plan. The goal was to ensure that the concept plan achieved more equitable and inclusive outcomes for North Minneapolis. All teams committed to ensuring that the UHT project benefits the Northside community and addresses the matters below:

  • Achieves the Equitable Development Principles
  • Includes a first-class regional park
  • Connects into the fabric of the community
  • Offers a significant riverfront-oriented destination
  • Provides high quality, community-benefitting private development
  • Reflects the history of the site
  • Incorporates high quality design
  • Showcases “green,” sustainable approaches and features
  • Feels unique to [the] specific place
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Spring 2021 – Minneapolis City Council to vote on Coordinated Development Plan

2022 – Anticipated construction start

For more information on the Upper Harbor Terminal project, visit the project’s website, there you can also subscribe to receive future updates.