Upper Harbor Terminal Project

Proposed Event Center

Upper Harbor Terminal Development Community Deliberative Democracy Learning Table Events. The events are open to the public.

Community Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday, July 31

Dates: Every third Wednesday of each month. Scheduled dates so far include:

August 21st

September 18th

October 16th 

Time: 4:00pm till 8:00pm

Location: North Point Inc. 1256 Penn Ave, North Suite 5203 & 5205 Fifth Floor. Free parking on levels 1, 2 and 3. After parking

Take the elevator to the 5th floor. After exiting the elevator, walk straight down the hallway and just before arriving at North Point offices at end of hallway, the room is on the right. Come prepared to make your vice heard about the Upper Harbor Terminal Project

For questions please contact: DeVon Nolan  PUC UHT Project Coordinator DevonN@pillsburyUnited.org

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting

Community Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday, July 31

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Optional dinner for people to meet each other
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CAC meeting (dinner still available)
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Headquarters
2117 West River Road North, 55411

Download information below:

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Upper Harbor input opportunity, Park Board Community Advisory Committee meeting

Join us for our first Community Engagement Learning Table

Community Engagement Learning Table
Topic: General Development Options and Affordable Housing
Wednesday, July 17
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pillsbury Oak Park Center 1700 Oak Park Center (on street parking)

Download information below:

Community Engagement Learning Table

Upper Harbor Coordinated Plan Creation June 2019 through April 2020

The City Council and Mayor approved the Upper Harbor Concept Plan on March 1, 2019 directing staff to create a Coordinated Plan for approval by March 2020.  Actions associated with the Concept Plan approval directed staff to create the Collaborative Planning Committee as a member of the project team and a conduit with community.

Download the document below

19.06.26 Upper Harbor Engagement Plan

More information on the Development


Upper Harbor Terminal

McKnight has provided a grant to Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) working with Environmental Justice coordinating Council (EJCC) in order to support a working partnership between community organizations, the development team, the City and MPRB to help promote a common vision for UHT that benefits the community.  PUC was selected because of the organization’s longstanding commitment to North Minneapolis communities, its working relationships with the City and community organizations, and the institutional infrastructure and project management staff expertise. PUC and partners are working with the Environmental Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC), the City, MPRB the development team, McKnight and others to identify important stakeholders to include in the process. McKnight’s intent is not to support a specific position or development proposal, but rather to support the long-term planning, visioning, and relationship building that is necessary to foster more community benefits emerging from development at UHT, and potentially future development throughout North Minneapolis communities.


The Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) development provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a large-scale, community-building asset in North Minneapolis. The Mississippi River in Minneapolis and much of the North side riverfront has not been designed to provide community benefit and instead has been managed for transporting bulk commodities. Yet even the vision of a port for commodity transportation never came to fruition, and for the first time in decades, the closing of the Upper St. Anthony Lock allows for creative and community-focused development to take place.


Additionally, beyond the immediate opportunity presented by UHT, community leaders recognize a need to disrupt traditional development patterns. North Minneapolis has historically been overburdened with extractive development, often not owned or intended to benefit local residents. Community stakeholders often feel that their priorities get lost in the process of attracting developers and capital to a project. UHT provides a test case to explore new ways of incorporating community participation and community ownership. An integral precursor to having successful community-based development is honest, constructive dialogue between key stakeholders, including City officials, the development team, and community leaders. Trusting relationships between these entities is key to developing momentum for community-benefitting UHT development.


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