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One hiccup in the vision for the park has been Park and Portland Avenues, which intersect the two blocks but won’t be closed after objections from key officials at Hennepin County, which owns the streets. A city staff report says they may be instead redesigned to be narrowed and have a more parklike feel.
Collins, of Ryan, would not say what they’re paying for the Star Tribune land. Previous estimates from city staff showed it would be worth about $38 million.
The plan will go through several committees next week before expected approval on Dec. 13, the final City Council meeting. In addition to approving the project itself, the council will need to override a decision by the Heritage Preservation Commission to stop demolition of the Star Tribune building.
Eric Roper • 612-673-1732