Nicollet Mall Project design team holding open house Thursday

An illustration of a winter scene on a future Nicollet Mall. Credit:

James Corner Field Operations — the New York-based design team tapped to lead a redesign of Nicollet Mall — is holding an event Thursday inside a heated tent at 11th & Nicollet to present ideas for the downtown street and take feedback from the community.

City leaders and the Downtown Council are also involved in the “night of ideas” event for the Nicollet Mall Project. It will run 4–7 p.m. and feature a presentation from James Corner Field Operations at 5:45 p.m.

There will be an interactive display showcasing proposed ideas for Nicollet Mall. The public can also participate in an online survey to weigh in on design concepts and offer suggestions.

The City Council selected James Corner Field Operations as the official design team for the Nicollet Mall makeover in early October. The design team was one of three finalists for the project.

James Corner Field Operations has worked on several high profile projects including the High Line in New York City and the transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The redesign of Nicollet Mall is expected to cost about $40 million. A funding source for the project hasn’t been secured, but city officials are expected to lobby for state bonding during the 2014 legislative session. 

If financing is secured, construction on the project is expected to start in 2015 and be complete in 2016.