City Center Partnership
Front Street Connectivity Plan
The Front Street Connectivity Plan was the result of a multi-year planning and community engagement process of the City Center Partnership and in collaboration with the City of Mankato. The mission was to improve the economic viability, market position, and accessibility of Front Street in City Center Mankato along a six block corridor from Main Street to Liberty Street. The result expands a key City Center Renaissance Plan Implementation Tactic of “Downtown Core and Front Street Connections”
The project included a multi-year process of gathering a taskforce, designers/developers, community input, crafting a vision and concept renderings and finally advocating for the project to both the private and public sectors.
Phase One, a partial implementation of the plan necessary to align multiple construction projects into one summer of disruptions, was a 3 block $1,400,000 pedestrian designed street enhancement approved by Mankato City Council in March 2014 and constructed in the summer of 2014.
The full Front Street Connectivity Plan, including Planning Principles, various Implementation Tactics and a Clean & Safe Special Service District Expansion was approved and adopted into the City of Mankato Land Use Ordinance in Fall 2014.
In the News
City Center Partnership Exploring Idea of Campus Bike Path to Downtown
11.25.14–KEYC–City officials are considering a bike lane from the campus of MSU to downtown as part of the Front Street reconfiguration. See Full Story
New look proposed for South Front Street
February 2014–City Council approves proposed changes to Mankato’s South Front Street which includes $1.3 million in upgrades. The proposal would widen sidewalks to allow for sidewalk cafes, trees, benches and other amenities to make the street more pedestrian friendly. See Full Story