MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minneapolis City Council gave its final approval for the Target Center’s planned $129 million renovation Friday morning.
The approval includes a guaranteed maximum price of $102.8 million in hard construction costs.READ MORE: New Poll Shows Minneapolis Residents Support Charter Amendment Replacing Police
“We own this city as a people and we are investing in this arena as a city,” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said.
The City Council approved the renovation with a 10-3 vote on Friday. The project can now move forward.READ MORE: Minnesota Apple Orchards Endure Labor Shortage During Peak Season
“Minneapolis greatly benefits from the Target Center. I am delighted that we’re investing in this facility that brings people downtown for so many activities and events,” Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson said.
The plan includes both exterior and interior improvements, including new gathering spaces, clubs and restrooms, as well as renovated food and beverage areas. A new scoreboard will also be installed.MORE NEWS: 'I Laid On The Floor And Just Bawled': Minnesota TikTok Sensation, 79, Overwhelmed By Support After Scooter Breaks
Construction is expected to begin May 6 and be completed in fall 2017, according to the Minnesota Timberwolves.