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 Policy included in Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

  • MPRB East of River Masterplan

  • District Stormwater Phase 2

  • Saint Paul Green Space

  • Towerside Park Green Space

  • Green 4th Street Enhancements

  • District Energy Phase I

  • Innovation District Policy included in Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan

  • Bridal Veil Regional Trail

  • Greenway across University Ave

  • Street Grid Expanded

  • Tower Hill Park & Luxton Park Improvements

  • Integrated Utility Hub

  • EcoDistricts Certified


  • November 15, 2019

    Community leader and board member Tracy Nordstrom becomes Towerside Board Chair and President

  • April 29, 2019

    Towerside's 2019 Forum brought together members and stakeholders to shape the Innovation District's future

  • April 17, 2019

    MPRB approves $1.4M for first ever use of Park Dedication Fees for the design and acquisition of key park site in Towerside

  • December 13, 2018

    MPRB's East of the River Park Master Plan proposes connecting the Grand Rounds 'Missing Link' through the Bridal Veil Regional Trail

  • October 17, 2018

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


2019-2020 Board of Directors

May 01, 2019 by towersideadmin

Towerside is excited to announce the addition of four new members to our Board of Directors; Tracy Nordstrom, Karen Nelson, Karl Reichert, and Diane Rucker! Read More

Review: Winners Take All, the Elite Charade of Changing the World

April 11, 2019 by towersideadmin

“All around us in America is the clank-clank-clank of the new—in our companies and economy, our neighborhoods and schools, our technologies and social fabric. But these novelties have failed to translate into broadly shared progress for the betterment of our overall civilization.” With these words, Anand Giridharadas introduces his book, Winners Take All, the Elite Charade of Changing the World. He points out that we live in a society constructed to benefit the elite, and though our winners wish to be viewed as benevolent and well-intentioned, they are not inclined to consider fundamental structural change that would solve major social problems or reverse the flow of wealth – if it requires sacrifice from them. Read More

Community Leader Del Hampton Serving as Chief Executive

January 18, 2019 by towersideadmin

Towerside Innovation District is pleased to announce the appointment of board member and long-time neighborhood resident Del Hampton to serve as our Interim Chief Executive, effective January 2019. Read More

Minneapolis 2040 Plan includes Innovation District Policy

December 12, 2018 by towersideadmin

Towerside suggested a change to the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan to add an “Innovation District” policy that would fulfill the City of Minneapolis’s Resolution 2015R-336 (Aug. 13, 2015), which resolves “that the City of Minneapolis will develop a definition of Innovation Districts to include in the City’s Comprehensive Plan update.” This recommended policy addition was included in the approved Minneapolis 2040 Plan. It establishes and supports Innovation Districts to employ district-scale infrastructure and systems and to implement flexible policies and practices to allow for experimentation and innovation consistent with the City’s most ambitious goals. Read More

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

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