MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A section of north Minneapolis could be completely changed in the next few years.

Both the Park Board and city leaders want to redevelop the waterfront along the Mississippi River on the west side, from Lowry Avenue to just north of Dowling Avenue.

On that side sits an unused barge terminal.

"It is an eyesore when you look out your front window or back window, for some people, and you don't see just the beautiful river with all of the lights and the bridge," said Heather Kuikka, board chair of the mostly industrial McKinley neighborhood.

"We don't have a lot of walkability in our area right now. We don't really have any green space," said Kuikka.

The city wants a developer to turn the 48-acre site into a waterfront destination within the next several years, possibly including restaurants, and a park.

Both the Minneapolis Park Board and city leaders want to redevelop the waterfront along the Mississippi River on the west side, from Lowry Avenue to just north of Dowling Avenue.
Both the Minneapolis Park Board and city leaders want to redevelop the waterfront along the Mississippi River on the west side, from Lowry Avenue to just north of Dowling Avenue.

Who will pay for it depends on the developer and if they ask the city to chip in, according to Barbara Johnson, Minneapolis City Council President.

"I wouldn't be ruling out any tax increment or some funding that helps us get this developed," said Johnson. She said she wants the development done sooner than later.

"I want to take advantage of the economic times that we're having right now," she added.

"If things grow and all of this positivity happens then maybe restaurants and retail will start coming in the north side as well instead of closing up doors and leaving," said Kuikka.

The city is accepting proposals from developers into October and will likely choose one early next year.

"We want to make sure we support the existing businesses that are employing people there right now. There are good businesses there and we want to make sure that continues," said Johnson.

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