HKGi

HOISINGTON KOEGLER GROUP INC.

Downtown East / North Loop Master Plan

Minneapolis, MN

2004 AWARD FOR AN OUTSTANDING PLAN
American Planning Association, Minnesota

HKGi co-led a consultant team that developed the Master Plan for Downtown East and North Loop, two areas flanking Minneapolis' Central Business District. HKGi assisted with the land use planning portion of the study and the firm's urban designers also developed a plan that will help foster the pedestrian-oriented environment necessary to carve vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods out of the redeveloped study area.

The master planning process was initiated in an effort to capitalize on the establishment of new mass transit facilities in and around the downtown area. The land use plan contains a strong residential component, which is essential to the creation of the type of mixed-use neighborhoods the City wishes to foster in the area. The land use plan also establishes a set of transit-oriented uses designed to capitalize on the new transit stations.

The urban design plan and its consideration of a wide variety of elements such as parking facilities, skyway placement, building facades, curb cuts, and streetscaping will help ensure that new and redeveloped areas maintain the look and feel of an inviting urban neighborhood that provides for people, transit and automobiles.