Updated: 09/17/2013 6:46 PM
Created: 09/17/2013 4:57 PM KSTP.com
By: Maricella Miranda
Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian and transit corridor in downtown Minneapolis, is entering the first phase of a redesign.
A public event Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Guthrie Theater kicked off the project with the release of three design teams. The groups, which have been selected from more than 20 submissions worldwide, will present their visions for the Mall at the event.
A panel of 13 expert judges will review the submissions and announce their decisions Thursday.
The project is being led by the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 with estimated completion in 2016. The following is information about Nicollet Mall, according to the project's leaders:
About Nicollet Mall
Since the 1880s, Nicollet Mall has been a retail and business hub for Minneapolis. Over the years, "Minnesota's Main Street" has been through two major renovations - 1965 and later in the 1980s. Today the space is home to events such as the Nicollet Mall Farmers' Market and the annual Holidazzle Parade and a thoroughfare for more than 140,000 Minnesotans daily.
The 12-block stretch is home to hundreds of businesses, retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. But decades of heavy wear and weather extremes have accelerated the deterioration of Nicollet Mall, and the street isn't keeping pace with the thriving development and expansion that marks modern Minneapolis, according to city officials.
Nicollet Mall by the Numbers:
About The Project
What problems need to be solved?
Funding for the Project
The Nicollet Mall project is funded by a combination of state bonding and private investments.