Nicollet Avenue has been Minneapolis’ civic “Main Street” for more than 100 years. People come to Nicollet to work, eat and shop year round, and it’s the first impression many visitors get of the entire metro area. Host to the busiest light rail station and several bus routes, Nicollet provides key connections to many other downtown points of interest including the Mississippi River, Loring Park, the Minneapolis Convention Center, Target Field, Target Center, the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and U.S. Bank Stadium.
Nicollet plays a vital role in Minneapolis’ competitive edge both as a place that attracts investment and a place that people want to live. Its renovation was central to the mpls downtown council’s intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan and vision for downtown as a more inviting place for families, workers, and tourists to live, work, play, and visit. Nicollet is home to three Fortune 500 companies, hundreds of small businesses, and more than 140,000 workers. The redesigned Nicollet is expected to inject $105 million in new revenue, add nearly 3,000 jobs in downtown and increase property values in the area by $57 million. As such, Nicollet Mall is more than just a street – it is the outside world’s window onto the state and the region, and the place where business owners and investors get their ﬁrst impression of Minnesota’s potential for growth.