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Downtown East / North Loop Master Plan

Downtown East / North Loop Master Plan

  • Concentrate skyways within the Downtown Core. A limited number of extensions beyond the core is acceptable as long as skyways are built to connect high intensity uses that generate a great deal of foot traffic such as Class A office space, baseball park, and the multimodal station. (63)
  • Prohibit the construction of skyways beyond the recommended extension zone (see map on page 58). (58)
  • Create points were highly visible vertical circulation is built to forge direct connections between the skyway system and downtown sidewalks. (59)
  • Construct skyway stair towers at the edges of the skyway system to facilitate a series of strong, highly-visible points of interface with City sidewalks and proposed open/green spaces. (59)
  • Construct skyway stair towers at the edges of the skyway system to facilitate a series of strong, highly-visible points of interface with City sidewalks and proposed open/green spaces. (59)
  • Locate new skyways within the building in a manner that enables pedestrians to see the street from the inside. (59)

Access Minneapolis- Downtown Action Plan

Access Minneapolis- Downtown Action Plan

  • Encourage skyway expansion only within the downtown core and other key high-intensity uses, such as the new Ballpark. This strategy promotes street level pedestrian activity in growing downtown neighborhoods and historic areas and ensures that new skyways will have high levels of use. (13)
  • Promote building architecture and skyway bridge design in new developments to physically and visually connect the sidewalk with the skyway, through the use of highly visible vertical circulation and skyway concourses located along the outside perimeter of buildings, such as in the new Target store on Nicollet. (13)
  • Construct skyway stair towers at the edges of the Skyway System to facilitate interface with the sidewalk system and proposed green spaces. (13)
  • Expand the use of skyway wayfinding signage. The standard “Blue Water” signage exists throughout much of the skyway system; it will continue to be used and expanded in buildings that do not use it. In addition, the wayfinding signage program will be expanded to identify points of access between the street and the skyway system through wayfinding strategies located at both levels. This will be coordinated with any other wayfinding programs for transit or walking in downtown. (1)
  • Work with individual property owners to improve vertical access between the existing skyway and sidewalk systems at key transit nodes downtown through signage, operating procedures, street level uses, etc. It is especially important to ensure that there is convenient access from major transit stops into the skyway system. (13)
  • Work with property owners to implement and maintain more consistent hours of operations throughout the skyway system. (13)

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

  • Maintain uniform skyway hours of operations wherever possible. (10.3.2 pp. 10-6)
  • Provide maximum transparency of skyway walls in order to provide views to the outside that help users orient themselves. (10.3.1 pp. 10-6)
  • Provide consistent and uniform directional signage and accessible skyway system maps near skyway entrances, particularly along primary transit and pedestrian routes. (10.3.3 pp. 10-6)
  • Provide convenient and easily accessible vertical connections between the skyway system and the public sidewalks, particularly along primary transit and pedestrian routes. (10.3.4 pp. 10-6)
  • Limit skyway expansion to the downtown core and at other key sites with high-intensity uses in order to minimize low-usage skyways and maximize street-level pedestrian activity in growing downtown neighborhoods and historic areas. (10.3.6 pp. 10-6)

REGULATIONS

Minneapolis Skyway System: Standards and Procedures Manual

Minneapolis Skyway System: Standards and Procedures Manual

  • Run perpendicular to sidewalks and streets that they cross. (2.1.3)
  • Cross streets at midblock, wherever possible. (2.1.4)
  • Transparency: Skyway bridges shall be designed to be transparent in order to provide views in the system. (2.2.4)
  • Skyway corridors shall be designed to facilitate clear and easy access between street and skyway levels. Elevators, stairs, and escalators linking the street and skyway levels shall be located in such a way as to provide convenient, visible links to the skyway level from the adjacent street and sidewalks. (2.3.1)
  • M-F: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ; Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m. (4.2.1)

Last updated Apr 3, 2015

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