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 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

Updates

  • December 13, 2018

    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board'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

  • 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

Blog

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

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

2018-2019 Board of Directors

May 01, 2018 by towersideadmin

Towerside is thrilled to welcome six new members to our Board of Directors. With their expertise and passion for community planning, job creation, and attainable housing, Towerisde is poised to make an even more substantial impact towards equitable community and economic development in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Read More

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