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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Revitalizing Nicollet Mall to turn it into the heart of the city is one of the major points in the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s long-term plan.

On Wednesday morning, the council unveiled their ideas, 10-point plan, for transforming downtown by the year 2025.

The total cost for the entire plan would be about $2 billion, using both public and private funding.

“You have to think about that as a very high-level estimate. Many things could change over 15 years and we’ll just have to process that information as we evaluate the opportunities,” said Elliot Jaffee with the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

The plan calls for, among other things, an entire sports district. They seek a football stadium to be stationed within one of two sites near Target Field and Target Center.

The plan calls for the Metrodome to be turned into a lake with homes possibly surrounding it.

Also, the plan would include building a new highway interchange as part of that process.

They also hope to extend Nicollet Mall from the Walker Art Center all the way to the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. They cited the San Antonio Riverwalk as an inspiration.

They also hope to see more people living in downtown Minneapolis, ideally doubling the residential population to 70,000.

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