A developer for the "destination place" will be selected by year's end.
More than two years after vowing to build a new mall for East African businesses in Minneapolis, City Council Member Abdi Warsame announced a public market will be coming to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Warsame and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said at a meeting with East African business leaders Thursday night that the mall will be built near the intersection of S. Fourth Street and Cedar Avenue.
The neighborhood is in Warsame's Sixth Ward and is the heart of the city's Somali community.
"My hope is that the market makes Cedar-Riverside a destination place for people visiting Minneapolis. I believe it could be the cornerstone of an Africa Village, similar to a China Town or Little Italy," Warsame said in a statement Friday.
"This project has the ability to create [a] surge of economic vitality that is felt by and visible to many."
The city-owned site at 1500 S. Fourth St. is now a surface parking lot with more than 90 spots.
While scouting possible locations, city planners looked for a space that was large enough for a shopping center and close enough to the East African community, said Chuck Lutz, deputy director for Community Planning and Economic Development.
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