Sibley St. NE between 8th Ave. NE and 10th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Current Phase: Pre-Design
On February 15th, 2017 MPRB planning staff presented the Board of Commissioners with four options for redirecting efforts at the Parcel ‘D’ portion of the former Scherer Bros Site. The redirection effort comes following a lack of responses within the posted timeframe to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to developers for private development of Parcel ‘D’.
The Scherer site Parcel D Community Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Jan. 23, 6-8 pm at MPRB headquarters has been cancelled.
MPRB evaluating potential adjustments to strategy for developing Parcel D of Scherer site - On Nov. 17, 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from private development teams interested in working with MPRB and the community to create a concept plan that would lead to development of the “Parcel D” portion of the former Scherer Brothers site. Development of the site, as contemplated in the RiverFirst Initiative and Above the Falls Master Plans, is intended to aid in activating and financially supporting the future park site.
July and August 2016
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In 2010, the MPRB and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, along with creative partners The University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center, launched an international design competition to address the area of the Mississippi River extending from the Stone Arch Bridge, north 5.5 miles to Minneapolis' city limits, including land along both sides of the river.
The competition culminated in 2011 when MPRB established the Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MRIDI) as an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and integrated planning endeavor to follow through with the promise of the competition: to connect citizens and visitors with the new multi-functional Upper Riverfront parks. The “RiverFIRST” vision emerged from MRIDI as a 20‐year vision for Mississippi-riverfront parks that builds on our community's rich river heritage and passion for parks, nature and wildlife to create places on “America's fourth coast” where neighborhoods and businesses can grow and people from near and far can experience one of the four great rivers of the world through world-class recreational and cultural activities.
Following stakeholder engagement process and a standard 45-day comment period, the Board approved the RiverFIRST vision in March 2012 and authorized staff to pursue next steps including contracting with Tom Leader Studio (TLS) and Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) design team for schematic design work on select RiverFIRST projects, including the former Scherer Bros. lumber yard.
Following adoption of RiverFIRST, MPRB also created the Above the Falls Regional Park Master Plan (2013 ATF Park Plan) to further guide development and identify near term regional park priorities - again identifying the Scherer Bros. site as a priority.
Funding for the Parcel 'D' development is expected to be through private development and a ground lease of the site.