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Downtown East Light Rail Station

Bounded by Park Avenue, Fifth Street South, Kirby Puckett Place and Fourth Street South

The Downtown East Light Rail Station will serve as a gateway to Downtown Minneapolis with a public plaza and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban village atmosphere. The Downtown East LRT Station is located on an important block, the Metrodome Plaza block, at the eastern edge of Downtown Minneapolis. The Metrodome Plaza block is in close proximity to the Hennepin County Medical Center and other County facilities, the Star Tribune, Valspar, Lutheran Brotherhood and several other major employers. The station will tie directly into new development: specifically, MCDA is building a 455-space, two-level underground parking ramp intended to support a six-story, 240,000 sq. ft. office building. The large number of surface parking lots in the station area provides land that is potentially available for commercial and housing development.

Learn more about the Hiawatha light rail transit project at the Metropolitan Council's website.


Hammel Green Abrahamson, Inc.


City of Minneapolis and future office developer


City Bonds - $15 million


Hennepin County Tax Abatement - $2,4 million


City of Minneapolis Tax Abatement - $2.4 million


Hiawatha LRT Project - $5.5 million


Hiawatha LRT Project Public Art Funds - $350,000


Metropolitan Council TOD Land Assembly Fund - $1.5 million


Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Grant - $247,500


City Station Enhancement Funds - $150,000


City Development Account - $1.15 million


City Investment: $1.3 million

Total Development Cost: 

$60 million (estimated)

Site Size: 

2.5 acres (approx.)


455 spaces

Construction Began: 

July 2001

Completion Date:

Ramp 8/2002, Plaza 11/2002, LRT Station 6/2003


CPED Project Coordinator Dick Victor (612) 673-5026.

Information subject to change.

May 2002

Last updated Oct 28, 2011