The Star Tribune took to predicting the future in this weekend’s paper, with the Help of some UST business faculty. “We asked experts across the Twin Cities to forecast the months ahead — or make their best, bold guesses about how life may change this year.”
Minneapolis has nothing if not ambitious plans. In December, the city’s Downtown Council released its Downtown 2025 plan for the city calling for a Vikings stadium near Target Field to create a downtown sports district, a chain of parks and a resurgence of activity on Nicollet Mall.
It might not all happen, and it certainly won’t happen overnight. But some long-stalled projects downtown should finally emerge, including the Lunds supermarket at 12th Street and Hennepin Avenue S. and the redevelopment of a former Jaguar dealership also on Hennepin Avenue S. into a $70 million apartment and grocery complex.
More condominiums and apartments downtown also are possible, said Prof. Dave Brennan, co-director of the University of St. Thomas’ Institute for Retailing Excellence. (more…)