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MINNEAPOLIS - A designer has been selected to put a new face on the venerable Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council announcedThursday that James Corner Field Operations has been chosen as the team that will redesign Nicollet Mall.

James Corner Field Operations was one of three final teams to present their visions for Nicollet Mall at a public event at the Guthrie Theater on Tuesday. The three were chosen as finalists from among 20 submissions from firms around the world.

"Almost 50 years ago, Architect Lawrence Halprin helped Minneapolis transform Nicollet Mall into Minnesota's Main Street and the greatest street in America," Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak said. "Today, I'm confident that we've chosen the right team in James Corner Field Operations to transform what is now a very good street into the greatest street in America once again."

James Corner Field Operations describes itself asa leading-edge urban design and landscape architecture practice based in New York City. Previous projects by the team include the High Line in New York City and the transformation of London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The City Council will consider final approval for the winning design team at its Oct. 4 meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 with an expected completion date in 2016.