Minneapolis looks to move Kmart, restore Nicollet Avenue

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2012 - 7:36 PM

Minneapolis officials see signs of progress in efforts to repair a "real and symbolic hole in the street grid."

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BUDApr. 14, 12 7:29 PM

Opening Nicollet has always made sense. They will however have to have plans for a Kmart or similar low cost store to be up and running when Kmart is taken down. Some people in that neighborhood don't have cars to go everywhere to get their basic needs met at a low cost. Opening it up will be an asset for "eat street".

chuckdancerApr. 14, 12 7:44 PM

Seems to me the store location decision had a "business friendly" component to it. As the white people were flooding out of Minneapolis to the suburbs and much farther out, businesses closed and the blame was being placed at the feet of government for not being "business friendly" and having regulations . In the end the decision was made to be "business friendly" and cave into Kmart and developers. Ever since it has been obvious that it was a futile and stupid move.

maddyinmplsApr. 14, 12 7:50 PM

Plenty of room on Block E. Minneapolis: The biggest city in America to suffer from ill-conceived urban planning designed and signed off on by leftie politicians. How about a story totaling the cost of all the failed projects?

nicholas468Apr. 14, 12 8:01 PM

As I saw in cities in German, a street-level trolley is both efficient and beautiful. It would add a charm long-since missing from our city. I live blocks from the site and it just feels "old." I think it would change more than just a connecting street and could make it a more friendly, multi-cultural area.

reader2580Apr. 14, 12 8:02 PM

The city of Minneapolis probably spent taxpayer money getting Kmart built in the first place and now they want to spend more taxpayer money to move Kmart to a new location. The city of Minneapolis just keeps spending money like there is a never ending supply.

teddygApr. 14, 12 8:05 PM

Now if they would also connect France between Lake St & Excelsior Blvd with a bridge over the sw rail tracks, that would really ease the driving burden on the west side of town!

donotbugmeApr. 14, 12 8:07 PM

This is more important than a stadium. Find a way to make it happen.

elmore1Apr. 14, 12 8:13 PM

Rybak is in favor of this idea? Isn't he the guy who wants to tear the skyways down so that we will have more foot traffic to help merchants? This is a better idea than the Vikings stadium but I still think the Skyways are brilliant. It would be nice to get some objective urban planning done in this town. Seems like every month they throw another idea against the wall to see what stick.

wildfoxApr. 14, 12 8:27 PM

It's about time! KMART is a blight on the city. Open up Nicollet again put in retail, restraunts and rent controlled housing.

masqueanadieApr. 14, 12 8:27 PM

It would be great to restore Nicollet Ave. Connecting the neighborhood with downtown would be a huge plus. And as long as the City is restoring things, how about creating a plan to restore Bassett Creek all the way to the Mississippi River by 2120.


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