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City Center 2.0: A Renewed Vision for Plymouth's Central Corridor
In 2019, the Plymouth City Council adopted a goal to explore options for continued development and redevelopment of Plymouth's City Center.
While citywide redevelopment and development are listed among City Council goals, the council added a specific goal to focus on the city's central corridor.
The two 2019 goals pertaining to City Center are:
- Consider Development and Redevelopment Requests. Continue to carefully consider land use related to development and redevelopment to ensure a well-planned community with a varied tax base. Build on Plymouth Proud business initiatives.
- Develop a Renewed Vision for City Center. Explore options for continued development and redevelopment of City Center. This would include place-making efforts, beautification and safety. Pursue public-private partnerships to bring additional community activities and uses to City Center.
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Opportunities to Provide Feedback
In early 2020, the city began one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, including City Center businesses. As the city moves forward on developing the vision of City Center 2.0, residents will have the opportunity to provide input through a variety of platforms.
The city is seeking feedback regarding the types of activities/businesses that attract people to City Center, likes and dislikes about the area, suggestions for improvement, and input about potential barriers to growth.
The public is invited to provide feedback through the following channels:
- Interactive Feedback Map – Visit the interactive feedback map
Give feedback through an interactive map. This platform allows participants to drop "pins" on specific locations, like/dislike others' comments and provide input about walkability, biking, driving/parking issues, transit opportunities, places for gathering and socializing, and more.
- In-Depth Survey – Take the SurveyMonkey survey
This month-long in-depth survey, which began June 16, asks participants to give input about the types of activities that attract them to City Center, what other types of shopping and businesses they frequent, suggestions for improvements and more.
- FlashVote Survey – View the FlashVote survey results (PDF)
A 48-hour quick FlashVote survey, issued June 16, asked participants to give input about what activities and destinations attract them to City Center, best features of the area, what types of attractions they would most like added to City Center and more.
First introduced in 1996, City Center was designed to bring people together in a central location in Plymouth.
City Center is roughly defined as the geographic center of Plymouth, located one mile west of Interstate 494 on Highway 55. The district contains about 140 acres and features wooded areas to the east and west, and wetlands east of and within City Center.
These features create a commercial center surrounded by a natural environment with a mix of office, medical, retail, restaurant and government uses. Land ownership is divided among many individuals, with no single owner controlling a majority of the City Center area. City Center has an estimated market value of $106 million and 2019 estimated city taxes of $338,000.
The vision of Plymouth’s City Center is for the area to be a blend of cultural, recreational, civic and entertainment uses that encourage interaction of the entire community. It was built around an infrastructure that provides goods and services for residents and that allows for casual meetings and organized community-wide events.
In July 2019, City Council approved the scope of work to solicit consultants to complete public engagement, market analysis and create a plan to attract new investment, and explore options for continued development and redevelopment of City Center.
In partnership with Hennepin County Community Works, the city solicited and accepted proposals for a renewed vision for the City Center. The city's stated goal is to create a vibrant, viable, visually appealing and financially successful mixed-used suburban infill development plan that enhances the character of City Center.
The City of Plymouth is working on the project with three consultants – GRAEF, Zan Associates and Business Districts, Inc.
GRAEF will take the lead role in the project and is responsible for the market analysis and plan, and will include dialogue with developers and real estate professionals. GRAEF works with public and private sector clients, bringing a unique perspective of the rapidly changing retail environment and an abundance of direct contact with potential users.
Zan Associates is responsible for conducting the public engagement portion of the project. This will include engagement with the business community, property owners, development groups, residents, and employees and visitors of City Center.
Business Districts, Inc. will help gather market research, including data in and around Plymouth, and meet with a variety of City Center property owners, business owners and brokers.
City Center 2.0 Project
Plymouth City Hall | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447
Phone: 763-509-5400 | firstname.lastname@example.org