The redesign of Nicollet Mall is a go! After a series of public meetings and surveys, concept designs have been developed for the future of the mall. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 and wrap up in 2016. Once the work is done, the new Nicollet Mall will be an even better destination for people from across the city and the region, and an even stronger economic engine for our state.

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council are working together to design and build the new mall. Support from both public and private sector entities is making this possible.

Originally constructed in 1968, Nicollet Mall was created to strengthen the appeal both for retail and downtown investment. Today, downtown Minneapolis is home to more than 130,000 jobs, and Nicollet Mall contains the densest concentration of jobs and market values in the state. This transit and pedestrian mall will be updated and re-envisioned to keep Minnesota attractive and vibrant in an increasingly competitive marketplace both nationally and globally.

Plans call for a $50 million redesign of the mall from building face to building face, from Washington Avenue to Grant Street. The concept design includes features such as areas for new and hardier trees, enhanced sidewalk spaces, improved lighting, fire pits and a pedestrian “island” that connects foot traffic on the mall to the skyways.

Nicollet Mall by the numbers:

  • 130,000 employees use Nicollet Mall each day
  • Over 34 million square feet of office space
  • 3 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered on the Mall (U.S. Bank, Xcel Energy and Target)
  • 22,000 construction jobs anticipated over the next decade+
  • 35,000 current downtown Minneapolis residents
  • By 2025, the goal is to have 70,000 Downtown Minneapolis residents

Take a look at our  Gallery  to see the latest renderings and make sure to check back for updates on the project.