The wait is over, and much earlier than expected: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced last night (6 April) the formation of the Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MR|DI), the successor to the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition that will fulfill the vision of a renewed Upper Riverfront.
As announced in February, winning team TLS/KVA joins the Park Board for this first, design strategy phase, now through September 2011. As with the design competition, public engagement will be an integral part of the process, with several public meetings at intervals during the next six months, as well as multiple, meaningful ways to re-engage the broader community with the river. The first public meetings are April 28-30 at Park Board headquarters (see sidebar).
With the implementation of the MR|DI, the MR|DC steps out of the spotlight. This site will stay live and serve as an archive of sorts. If you signed up for the MR|DC e-newsletter, you will continue to receive news about the Upper Riverfront from the MR|DI; if you subscribed to this blog, be sure to subscribe to the new one, as well. Finally, if you\’re active on Twitter and Facebook, our accounts there will evolve with the project.
While the MR|DI now takes precedence, the design competition remains relevant. In particular, the finalist design teams – Stoss, Ken Smith, Turenscape – all submitted inspiring work and contributed mightily to our greater knowledge about, and expectations for, the Upper Riverfront. We\’re confident the work begun here and built on past achievements, like the Above the Falls plan and the Central Riverfront revitalization, will continue to inspire vision, leadership, design and partnership-building along our most magnificent and significant natural asset, the Mississippi River.