Upper Harbor Terminal Project

Proposed Event Center

 Upper Harbor input opportunity, Park Board Community Advisory Committee meeting

Join us for our first Community Engagement Learning Table

Community Engagement Learning Table #4
Topic: General Development Options and Affordable Housing
Wednesday, December 18th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NorthPoint Confrence Center 1256 Penn Ave N Minneapolis MN 55411

Download meeting flyer information below:

Upper Harbor Terminal LT December 18.19 pdf

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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