The news of a proposal for a grocery store at the Terrace Mall (36th and Bottineau Blvd) has spurred lots of conversation in social media and in person. There seem to be some misconceptions or assumptions being made about the city’s role in this proposal and development in general. Hopefully this will answer some questions. The Proposal To reiterate, this is a proposal. There are still many elements and details that need to be resolved before decisions are made.
On a sunny Thursday morning in early April – that one day the sun was out, before it snowed again and then again – I drove up to a quiet neighborhood in South Minneapolis. On the corner a well-kept three story apartment building stood among the single family homes on the rest of the block. I met Mayor Murphy on the sidewalk just outside the building and, after being buzzed through the security door, we went up half flight of stairs.