• December 16, 2021

    The Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Students Land use planning class is holding a Community Exhibit 12/16/21 - Interrogating the Innovation District at the University Enterprise Labs.

    This semester students have been working arduously to develop 10 land use planning projects focused on reconsidering the notion of an innovation district.

    Thursday, December 16th from 6 to 8:30 pm

  • September 23, 2021

    Aquifer energy storage project wins financial backing of Mpls city council

  • August 16, 2021

    The Market at Malcolm Yards & O'Shaughnessy Distillery open

  • September 30, 2020

    Green 4th Street Enhancements Completed

  • June 30, 2020

    Metropolitan Council awards $100,000 grant for District Stormwater Phase II

  • September 01, 2019

    Towerside Innovation District Park complete


Plans for East Gateway - UMN

March 01, 2021 by towersideadmin

A gateway to campus: The vision for Stadium Village comes to fruition. The East Gateway Project, a plan led by a University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) partnership, aims to forge an entry from the Prospect Park neighborhood and Interstate-94 into the University of Minnesota campus.

Following years of planning, the vote transferred control of key land to UMF. The decades-long vision encompasses 3-million square feet (south of US Bank Stadium) of mixed-use development, including small-business incubators and office, residential and green space.

The project focuses on creating an integrated community that could bring learning, culture, employment, economic activity and residential spaces together to create a new area for business immediately adjacent to the Twin Cities campus. In addition, East Gateway would also more cohesively connect the campus’ Biomedical Discovery District to its broader medical and health sciences areas.

Redevelopment will encompass multiple UMF-controlled properties along Washington Avenue—including the site of Stub and Herb’s—and the Dinnaken student housing properties. Years of development from separate private entities has created an unconnected, fragmented district, said Kathy Schmidlkofer, president and CEO of UMF, at the meeting. The University’s eastern boundary is “in need of a new identity,” she said. Then last December, Schmidlkofer and UMF’s trustee board chair Lynn Casey presented a concept plan for review with the regents.

In exchange for the University parcels, UMF offered land west of Huron Boulevard, bounded by Delaware and Essex streets. This helps further the University’s plan to expand its clinical facilities.

As a private, not-for-profit, UMF has a legal obligation to fulfill its mission of furthering the University’s interests. Content credits to, and full-articles: Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota