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City leaders celebrate grand opening of revitalized Peavey Plaza

July 18, 2019

City and community leaders celebrated the completion of the revitalized Peavey Plaza — a public space on Nicollet Mall in the heart of downtown Minneapolis that is now more vibrant and accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Peavey Plaza has reopened with restored fountains and water features, new trees and landscaping, enhanced lighting and improved accessibility. The water basin’s depth has been reduced from 10 inches to a quarter of an inch, making it an accessible and more inviting feature. The City partnered with the landscape architecture firm Coen+Partners, New History and Global Specialty Contractors for the rehabilitation work.

Built in 1975, the plaza on Nicollet Mall designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg is a notable example of modernist architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The revitalization project has been a public-private partnership with funding from the City of Minneapolis, State of Minnesota and private donations raised by the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Green Minneapolis, a not-for-profit multi-project conservancy.



Peavey Celebration

“Every world-class city needs a world-class downtown, and our new Peavey Plaza is a fitting capstone to Nicollet Mall’s redesign that helps advance that vision for Minneapolis,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “The upgrades will give downtown a more accessible, pedestrian friendly and vibrant space while honoring the historic features that make it an icon of modernist architecture.”

“The City had a vision to reactivate this magnificent space and to make it accessible for all people and more environmentally friendly,” said City Council Member Lisa Goodman. “Our goal has been achieved in a wonderful mix of old and new and I look forward to seeing the joy it brings to the residents and visitors of Minneapolis.”

“Green Minneapolis is proud to be the City’s partner on this historic revitalization of one of Minneapolis’ most important public spaces,” said David Wilson, board chair of Green Minneapolis. “Getting this project designed and built required genuine collaboration between many stakeholders, along with amazing generosity from our donors. Now that Peavey Plaza is open, Green Minneapolis is focusing on the most important part of the project – bringing the plaza to life each and every day – keeping it green, keeping it clean, making sure it is welcoming and vibrant for all to enjoy.”

“People who live, work and visit downtown Minneapolis are in for a treat when they see Peavey Plaza returned to its rightful status as a sparkling civic asset,” said Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the mpls downtown council. “The water features and greenery provide a great spot to gather with friends and colleagues, see an event or simply sit ‘away from it all’ but right in the heart of the city. It’s a great example of another public-private collaboration that moves our city forward in a positive direction.”

Built in 1975, the plaza on Nicollet Mall designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg is a notable example of modernist architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. 

Highlights of the revitalization project include restoring the plaza’s fountains and water features, adding more durable and environmentally friendly paving materials, updating lighting and making design updates to ensure the plaza is compliant with the Americans with Disability Act. The City has a contract with the landscape architecture firm Coen+Partners and Global Specialty Contractors for the rehabilitation work.  

Construction on the plaza began in May 2018 and the grand opening is planned for July 2019 to coincide with the Minnesota Orchestra summer season. The project is funded with $4 million from the City of Minneapolis, $2 million from the State of Minnesota and $4 million in private donations raised by the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Green Minneapolis, a not-for-profit multi-project conservancy.

The Peavey Plaza revitalization project team held more than 50 meetings in the last year to gather feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including residents, safety specialists, historic preservationists and accessibility representatives, among others.

Please note: If you are interested in information about permits, please contact Green Minneapolis at [email protected] or 904.404.2669. For current information about Peavey Plaza, please go to:

Construction Updates

Construction Photos


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On May 14, 2018 City leaders celebrated the start of construction on Peavey Plaza: Construction starts on Peavey Plaza

On May 8, 2018 the City of Minneapolis entered into a contract with Global Specialty Contractors, Inc. to complete the rehabilitation work at Peavey Plaza. Work will start on the Plaza on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Perimeter fencing will be put up for site management and safety and there will be pedestrian and traffic impacts on 12th Street. Work will continue throughout the construction season and updates will be posted on this page.

2017-18 Stakeholder Meetings

Use the information below to review the information shared and discussed at the meetings.


30%  Submittals

May 2017

30% Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office submittals

July 2017

In the 30% Comments from SHPO, there was a recommendation for the City to host a consultation meeting with SHPO and interested consulting parties.
The City hosted two sessions on July 18 and August 3.

August 2017

60% Submittals

September 2017

60% Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office design submittals

October 2017

90% Submittals

November 2017

90% Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office design submittal

January 2018

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Peavey Plaza Interpretive Planning Open House - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Cunningham Room
Peavey Plaza is full of stories. As we try to convey what’s important about Peavey Plaza, join us to share your experiences, to prioritize topics, and to discuss what interpretation can do for users of the revitalized Plaza. After a brief update on progress and some quick context-setting, we’ll have you up and moving around to gather your thoughts.

Room finding: Use this map of Orchestra Hall: to find the Kathy and Charlie Cunningham Green Room - it overlooks Peavey Plaza.

Contact Us

Project contact for construction comments or questions: Jennifer Swanson - [email protected]. For questions about Peavey operations and events, please contact Green Minneapolis: [email protected] or 904.404.2669.

Last updated Aug 13, 2019



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