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Peavey Plaza

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Grand opening event · Thursday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m.

The City of Minneapolis is pleased to unveil the revitalized Peavey Plaza!

Please join elected officials and project partners for the ribbon cutting celebration of this downtown treasure.

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.

Construction Updates

peavey look ahead 6-24-19 

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 comments or questions: Jennifer Swanson 612.673.2529 or [email protected]

Last updated Jul 10, 2019



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