The Downtown East Development project in Minneapolis, Minnesota is revitalizing an aging portion of the city. Situated between the city’s Central Business District and the Mississippi Riverfront in the Mills District, this mixed-use development sits in a prime location. Here, many old milling buildings are ready to be converted into residential spaces. This surge of housing has created a dynamic shift for the Downtown East area, as more and more residents come to live in this part of the city. With a handful of existing public transportation options available on the site, which include bus lines and a light rail stop, it is also easily accessible to everyone. So, what exactly is being developed in the Downtown East project?
At the center of the development is the billion-dollar Minnesota Vikings Stadium. Scheduled to open in time for the team’s 2016 season, the stadium will replace the now demolished Metrodome, a sports complex that opened in 1982. Hundreds of events each year were hosted here, including home games for Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, NCAA’s Minnesota Golden Gophers Football, and the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. Both the Twins and the Gophers would be moving to new stadiums, so it was inevitable that the Vikings would do so as well. The enormous new building will be the capstone of the project, hosting millions of visitors each year. The Vikings’ new home stadium has also been scheduled to host the 2018 Super Bowl and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, two events that would not have come to Minneapolis without the development of a state-of-the-art indoor stadium facility.
A central hub of activity for the project will be a 4.2-acre green space, not unlike what a miniature Central Park might look like. It will act as a front yard for the stadium, holding events year around, including specific ones for Vikings game days. Wells Fargo has commissioned a pair of office towers to go up alongside the east side of the green space to add to the development of the area.
Overall, the Downtown East redevelopment project is creating a dynamic new area of Minneapolis. With the inclusion of an immense, state-of-the-art NFL stadium, a 4.2 acre green space, several new office towers, and a large amount of residential buildings popping up throughout the area, one can expect great things from this project.
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