In collaboration with United Properties, First Avenue Productions, and Thor Development, Coen+Partners assembled a multi-disciplinary planning and design team to put forth an innovative vision for a mile long stretch of north Minneapolis riverfront. The city-owned parcel’s recent industrial past served as inspiration for a concept that knits together advanced manufacturing, creative office, and mixed income housing. The community is anchored by Minneapolis’ first major outdoor performing arts venue and the iconic backdrop of industrial relics. In addition to provide design services, C+P has been heavily involved in obtaining funding from the State of Minnesota and Minneapolis. The project recently received approval for 15 million dollars of state bond funding and an equal match from the city of Minneapolis for Phase 1 work. C+P led the design team’s efforts in gaining city and park board approval for the plan in early 2019, with Phase 1 construction to start in 2020.

Coen+Partners’ concept preserves the riverfront for public use, proposes broad pedestrian connections into the adjacent neighborhood, and positions streets and public realm to strategically capture and treat stormwater at this critical node along the north Mississippi. An urban framework has been proposed that works with the riverfront topography and integrates district parking into a series of mixed use development blocks.


LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

COLLABORATORS: United Properties, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, First Avenue Productions, SHoP Architects, Pierce Pini + Associates, THOR Development

SIZE: 48 acres