What is the Upper Harbor Terminal?
The Upper Harbor Terminal development is more than 48 acres of public city-owned land in North Minneapolis’ 4th Ward on the Mississippi River. The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board say, "The redevelopment goal is to transform this 48+ acre site from its historic use as a barge shipping terminal to a combination of riverfront park amenities and private development." Concept plan here.
Why people are saying NO to the current Plan.
Many community members and organizations say the current plan:
Fails to create an inclusive and equitable development process by not thoroughly involving the community in each step of the development.
Holding traditional public meetings isn’t the same as meaningful engagement. Meaningful community engagement by the City and the developers has been missing, especially in communities that are marginalized by institutionalized racism.
Fails to meet criteria set by North/Northeast Green Zone & Promise Zone goals and has no alignment with city Climate Action Plan goals.
Fails to address the critical need for truly affordable housing.
Ways YOU can get involved:
Eco Harbor Co-Creation Team
The EcoHarbor Co-Creation team is a coalition of community residents and organizations that represents diverse perspectives, but is united in the belief that the UHT site should set a new standard for community development that truly addresses the needs and aspirations of the community and reflects the values of equity, sustainability, and civic engagement.
They are asking for:
City Council to vote no on the current plan
Slow the process: Extend the current timeline for City Council approval and have Economic Development and Regulatory Services (EDRS) Committee hold hearings where the public can comment.
Create a Community Advisory Council made up of Northside community leaders, particularly those from the McKinley neighborhood, because they will be impacted the most by this development that is privatizing public land.