Developers Hope Towerside District in Twin Cities Becomes National Model

August 01, 2016 06:28 PM

Developers of a new district in the Twin Cities hope to change the way people think about development. 

Towerside, the MSP Innovation District, extends from the University of Minnesota campus east to Highway 280 along University Avenue in St. Paul. 


More than 30 community partners, several developers, and city leaders all have the same goal: to build a commercial, residential, and retail area on a 370-acre site which can become a national model for developing an urban neighborhood. 

"It was a community cast vision that said we want to make a great place for people here and not a lot of shattered, shot development, but if we work together and we create a forum for them to meet and talk they see the advantage instantly, I think, of doing it that way," Pierre Willette, with University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors, said.  

At this point, the plan is to keep the old ADM grain elevators, along with a few historic buildings in the neighborhood.


Joe Mazan

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