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Upper Harbor Terminal community input meeting

Join FMR staff at one of the upcoming Upper Harbor Terminal community input meetings. Learn about the draft redevelopment plan, ask questions and provide input.

Meetings are:
• Wednesday, August 15, 11 am-1 pm
• Thursday, August 16, 6-8 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.

Attend whichever one works for you. 

Protect river corridor parks and scenic Mpls views

Minneapolis is wrapping up its 2040 comprehensive plan, including new plans for the city's river corridor. 

While the plan contains some good information, some very important river resources were not included in the city's draft list of what needs to be preserved or protected. Important views in the river gorge are missing as are views from future parks in North Minneapolis. Land downstream of the Stone Arch Bridge that is needed to complete the regional park and trails is slated for development up to 20 stories tall!

July 17

State approves $15 million for big N Mpls. river project

The 2018 Minnesota legislative session resulted in very good news for a 48-acre riverfront site in North Minneapolis known as the Upper Harbor Terminal. An influx of $15 million state dollars will help kickstart its redevelopment into housing, offices, stores, restaurants, an amphitheater, parks and trails. >>

June 5

Minnehaha Academy building heights update

After neighbors, FMR and Sierra Club raised concerns, the Minneapolis city council zoning and planning committee voted to lower the height of Minnehaha Academy's proposed campus expansion on West River Parkway.

The committee's recommendation to reduce the height of the new school buildings from 54 to 46 feet and use bird-safe glass goes before the full council for a vote May 25. >>

May 18

Neighbors save River Heights Park

River Heights Park, Inver Grove Heights

Part of our local national park — River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights — is no longer slated to be turned into lots for private homes.

The city of Inver Grove Heights was considering selling River Heights Park, part of our local Mississippi River national park, for housing. But neighbors stepped up to defend it, and with a little support from FMR, the park has been preserved!

Inver Grove Heights is a valued FMR habitat restoration partner and we look forward to continuing our work together.

May 15

What's your city planning for its riverfront? The river city plans tracker.

Right now all 25 cities and towns within the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area are finalizing new plans for their local riverfront stretch. Most cities have submitted their plans to the Metropolitan Council and Department of Natural Resources for review and approval, but a few communities are still putting the finishing touches on their plans. We are providing links to the plans on this page as they become available. 

If your community's plan is not available or if you have questions, contact Irene Jones, ijones@fmr.org.

What's your city planning for its riverfront? Find out and weigh in.

View from River Oaks in Cottage Grove

Identifying scenic vistas, like this view of Hastings from Cottage Grove, is an important component of the local river corridor planning now underway.

Cities up and down the metro Mississippi are busy finalizing their local river corridor plans, but there's still time to weigh in. Some deadlines to submit comments are fast approaching, including July 17 for Cottage Grove and July 22 for Minneapolis. Learn where your city's at in its process and how you can have your say in the shape of your future local riverfront. >>

April 9

Save River Heights Park... again.

A picture of River Heights Park

Part of our local national park — River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights — is being considered for disposal by the city.

Just eight months ago, FMR teamed up with neighbors to help save River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights.

Now the park is on the chopping block once again. And the neighbors and FMR are back in action. >>

April 9

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