Downtown residents like the Cannon’s, anyone who uses W. River Road in downtown Minneapolis, and folks who support public parks and spaces may find this interesting. The land downstream from the 3rd Ave bridge along W. River Road has a development proposal for . . . get ready for it . . . condos.
Here’s a map of the location (pictured below). The area of the river is just above the lock. The tower near the bottom of the photo is the Riverwest Condos. The parking lot on the right of the photo is near the base of the Stone Arch Bridge.
There’s a lively debate on E-democracy about this.
The land is owned by the Minneapolis Parks, but is not particularly park-like today if your definition of a park is something suitable for some form of recreation. However, parks can also, of course, be undeveloped land.
If the land was to be developed, I’d like to see some form of pedestrian-friendly development, such as first-floor retail that’s accommodating to people enjoying the river, such as a coffee shop or bike shop with free air. The worst thing that could be done is building something that turns it’s back to the river like the post office does. I doubt that will happen since the river has been rediscovered as a jewel of the city.