Minneapolis City Council Approves Target Center Renovation Plans

The renovation at Target Center in Minneapolis is officially getting some new life.

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved the design, cost and schedule for the project. The city council voted 10-3 to approve the $129 million project.

The city will pay for $74 million of the project, and the remaining cost will be split between the Timberwolves, Lynx and the center’s management company.

Phase I of construction can now begin this spring. The Target Center will get a new main entrance with a five-story glass atrium and improvements to the exterior.

The third and final phase of the renovation will send the Lynx to a temporary home for the summer of 2017; Target Center will be shut down so improvements can be made to the locker rooms, restrooms, concourses and more.

The entire project is expected to be finished by fall 2017.

Council Member Andrew Johnson voted against the project, saying the money should have funded parks and road issues.

But Council Member Lisa Goodman disagreed.

“This design is better,” Goodman said. “The money can’t be used for anything else, like the kinds of things that have been suggested, and, ultimately, it’s our building; we’re responsible. I can’t imagine what the alternative would be. Buy out the contract with the Wolves and the Lynx and have them move over to St. Paul?”

Reporter Tyler Berg contributed to this report.

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