Exactly one year ago, we were getting ready to deflate the Metrodome. Now each week, the new Vikings stadium takes more shape evolving against a Minneapolis skyline. That skyline is looking to see more alterations in 2015 than ever before.
Doug Kress, development director for the city's Community Planning and Economic Development says it's a great time to be in Minneapolis as it grows and changes. A record $2 billion in construction was approved in 2014 – a big number for the department to brag about.
"This is an unprecedented amount of growth that we're seeing in the city of Minneapolis," Kress said. "This year and the past couple of years we've seen it building, and now we've hit a nice boom."
The boom, anchored by the stadium, which spawned the construction of the Wells Fargo office towers next door, and added more fuel to the continued residential development along Washington Avenue. But across downtown, there's a spate of high rises, many of them apartments and condos either underway or planned.
Even projects that don't change the skyline will change the look – that includes Block E, the first step of a major overhaul of Target Center.
"We're going to continue to see that for the next couple of years which is great to see, and we don't know what's going to happen beyond that," Kress said of all this year's construction projects.