Timeline

Since it’s inception in 2013 Towerside has achieved several milestones. By approaching the planning and development of the district’s 370 acres as a whole, and with area stakeholder and topic experts at the table, multiple projects have emerged. This collaborative, district-level approach to development enables Towerside’s partners to leverage their unique assets, which when combined, can recalibrate the public, private, and civic wealth of the community and re-channel it, creating an opportunity to problem-solve at scale.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  • Community Planning Work

  • Public-Private Partnership Formed

  • Green Line LRT Opens

  • Surly's Destination Brewery Facility Opens

  • Healthy Community Guide Created

  • Restorative Development Guide Created

  • District Stormwater Phase 1

  • District Energy Feasibility

  • Dual City Innovation District Resolutions

  • District Guidelines for Development

  • District Parking Feasibility

  • District Entity Formation

  • Green 4th St Reconstruction

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022+
  • District Framework for Implementation

  • Innovation District Policies included in Comprehensive Plans

  • District Stormwater Phase 2

  • Saint Paul Green Space

  • Minneapolis Green Space

  • Bridal Veil Regional Trail

  • Green 4th Street Enhancements

  • District Energy Phase I

  • Greenway across University Ave

  • Street Grid Expanded

  • Existing Park Improvements

  • Integrated Utility Hub

  • EcoDistricts Certified

Updates

  • October 17, 2018

    EcoDistricts Summit hosted in Minneapolis - Saint Paul www.summit.ecodistricts.org

  • October 13, 2018

    Annual Prospect Park Harvest Festival

  • September 26, 2018

    Groundbreaking for The Louis, Aeon's latest affordable housing project.

  • July 22, 2018

    Towerside Framework for Implementation submitted to Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan www.oppidan.com

  • July 16, 2018

    Oppidan groundbreaking on the Pillars of Prospect Park. www.oppidan.com

  • May 11, 2018

    Towerside Board Members, staff, and consultants attend EcoDistricts Incubator in Portland.

  • April 25, 2018

    2018 Innovation Matters Forum & Towerside Member Meeting at UEL.

Blog

Today's Industrial Market: What's New?

August 20, 2018 by towersideadmin

The industrial segment looks dramatically different than it did even five short years ago. No longer the “ugly duckling” of commercial real estate, industrial leads the way as changes in technology, supply chain and consumer habits drive demand for industrial property. Industrial is no longer just warehouses and smokestacks. Today, industrial means high-wage, life science research and development jobs. Read More

Planning for 2040: We must come together; our future depends on it

August 14, 2018 by towersideadmin

Clustering more closely and increasing the density of our cities will leave space for the rest of life to have a fighting chance. It's a bold vision, but the stakes are great. Editorial by Catherine Reid Day, Towerside Board Member and Board President of the Creative Enterprise Zone, Star Tribune, August 14th, 2018. Read More

From the Neighborhood Up: EcoDistricts Incubator

May 15, 2018 by towersideadmin

Towerside attended the EcoDistricts Incubator program in Portland this May with support from the Surdna Foundation and Minnesota Design Center. The dynamic three-day workshop brought together key project stakeholders from six district and neighborhood-scale projects around the country. In this charrette-style learning environment EcoDistricts helped each team create a customized Roadmap for their project. Read More

2018 Towerside Forum

April 30, 2018 by towersideadmin

Innovation Matters. Innovation is essential to the future of our communities and economy, and the matters of Innovation are as diverse as the leaders making progress across the Twin Cities. On April 25th, Towerside Innovation District's member organizations and supporters gathered at University Enterprise Laboratories to learn about the latest projects and to hear the perspectives of five area stakeholders. Read More

21st Century Barn Raising: Authentic Community Building for Today​

February 15, 2018 by towersideadmin

A case study on the ways Towerside's community has used cooperative communication action to build relationships and end-up with better processes and outcomes for their neighborhoods. Like the traditional barn raising, these projects have forged unlikely partnerships to accomplish enormous goals that will benefit whole communities. These collaborations cut across property lines, and unearth new, previously unrealized resources. Read More

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