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Deal Clears Way for Construction of Minneapolis' "Grand Central"

After a year of closed-door negotiations, the Twins and Hennepin County have reached agreement on a plan to transform the rail hub being built adjacent to the team's new ballpark into an engine for revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood.

Efforts to expand the revitalization of downtown Minneapolis’ historic North Loop area got a shot in the arm this week with an agreement to build Target Field Station as "Minnesota’s version of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal".

"A sweeping plan to add a park, jumbo display screen, retail stores and a public plaza to the $79.3 million rail hub being built near Target Field will get the go-ahead Thursday from the Hennepin County Board," reports Rochelle Olson. "Rather than a bare-bones, transit-only hub, the county pumped up the project to include retail, parking, a public gathering spot and green space, the Metropolitan Transit police headquarters and potentially privately developed offices above the police headquarters."

"County Board Chairman Mike Opat said the station will be a 'special place that people will remember whether they live here or are just traveling through. It’s part transit station, part art venue and part entertainment center.'”

Full Story: Hennepin County, Twins reach deal on Target Field Station transit hub

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