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City Center Partnership

Advocacy

Advocacy works to increase the awareness of how submitted and vetted projects align with and support the City Center Renaissance Plan. Such projects are deemed to greatly assist in building a vibrant City Center. Key positions taken:

  • Belgrade Avenue Plan and Corridor Study (2016-2017): The City Center Partnership partnered with the City of North Mankato to lead a community engagement process focused on achieving a unified vision for the future of Belgrade Avenue that increases pedestrian access and comfort, improves safety, enhances a lively, welcoming downtown feel and increases the aesthetic appeal of the Central Business District.
  • Old Town Master Plan (2016): This plan, for which the City Center Partnership led the community engagement process, guides the future of the City Center’s Old Town district, with calls for improved pedestrian access and walkability, enhanced alleyways, preservation of historic architecture and increased activity and events.
  • Civic Center Late Night Access (2015): The City Center Partnership advocated for passage through the Verizon Center until 2:30am to improve connectivity and increase walkability of the Entertainment District and downtown core.
  • Front Street Connectivity Plan (2014): Focused on district enhancement through community engagement, the plan lays out key Implementation Tactics that will enhance the economic viability, market position and accessibility of South Front Street while creating a destination through its pedestrian focused redesign. It is to become an addendum of the City Center Renaissance Plan.
  • Tailwind Project (2013): The project is slated to bring major new office towers and mixed use retail/residential to the Entertainment District and is an important infusion of private capital that will greatly enhance customer activity, business attraction and district perceptions.
  • Marigold Development (2012): This development will attract increased residential to Belgrade Ave. Needed to support a critical mass of population that will frequent the area shops and services, this increase in density is necessary to remain competitive and to continue supporting a vibrant business community.
  • Cherry & Warren Two-Way Conversions (2011): As highlighted in the City Center Renaissance Plan, converting these streets to tow-way traffic will support better traffic patterns, attract more customers, and encourage business activity.