Burnsville Center Village Redevelopment Vision

Rendering of Proposed Burnsville Center Village Redevelopment

Retail in America is changing at a significant pace. The rise of online shopping and people's desire for enhanced experiences are pushing retailers and retail centers to adjust their approach to engaging the communities they serve.

About the Project

The Burnsville Center Village Redevelopment Vision presents short, mid- and long-range goals for redevelopment of the retail area north and south of County Road 42. 

The framework of this plan is market-driven, and is designed to be flexible by accommodating existing large-footprint stores while, over time, responding to changing needs in retail and new technology related to shopping habits. 

The plan envisions new neighborhoods and housing mixed with retail uses; as well as other uses such as parks, hotels, clinics, co-sharing work places, start-up offices, brew pubs and maker spaces.

Related Documents

Burnsville Center Village Redevelopment Vision Plan

City Council Work Session Discussion
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

City Council Work Session Discussion
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Burnsville Center/County Road 42 Redevelopment Strategies

1. Transform Transportation

Transform the Center Village from auto-centric into a multi-modal, pedestrian friendly public realm

  • Develop a hierarchy of streets to create a more fine-grained environment within the north and south subdistricts of County Road 42
  • Create a distinctive pedestrian-friendly, walkable and bikeable environment of well-designed, connected and amenity rich networks
  • Develop public realm and architectural guidelines to enable new development to work harmoniously with the overall district vision plan
  • Integrate electric vehicle charging stations throughout project
One person puts on a bike helmet near several parked bikes while other people walk down a sidewalk
People walk past a large kiosk that displays an area map and neighborhood names

2. Reinforce Placemaking

Reinforce Center Village identity and wayfinding through coordinated, branded placemaking strategies

  • Implement a distinctive identification system and a consistent vocabulary of design elements to orient and attract diverse visitors for multiple reasons
  • Implement an iconic “bridge as a gateway element” that announces the new mixed-use community along County Road 42. This true bridge crossing provides a primary pedestrian and bicycle connection beneath from the North and South Neighborhoods to the Center Village
  • Develop a vibrant and robust online presence to complement and enhance the existing and new bricks and mortar environment
  • Navigation of the ring road system, particularly from the medical campus to McAndrew’s and to the retail area

3. Broaden Land Use

Broaden the mix of land uses within the North and South Neighborhoods

  • Encourage development that brings more varied land uses, including different types of housing
  • Support a range of commercial uses to serve the emerging local community as well as attracting regional patronage
  • Support a mix of retail options, including smaller, more fine-grained uses as well as larger footprint structures. Provide options in the framework to accept both
  • Develop a varied system of open spaces, including parks, plazas, “green streets,” winter gardens, etc., to promote year-round experiences for everyone
  • Provide housing options to meet the needs of a range of users, socio-incomes and cultural back-grounds
  • Introduce civic uses and work environments, including government, library, or other state-of-the-art resource and communication centers, and co-working/meeting spaces, to attract a wider range of visitors to the district
  • Encourage vertical mixed-use development within the district core to enhance live, work and play opportunities
Overhead shot at dusk of multi-use housing/offices and a neighborhood park
A red car drives over a city bridge

4. Enhance County Road 42

Develop strategies to enable better movement on County Road 42 while mitigating its impact on the surrounding district

  • Explore options for County Road 42 crossings from south to north, including state-of-the-art underpasses, an “iconic” bridge on County Road 42 with non-motorized traffic below that creates a connected pedestrian friendly and safe passage
  • Integrate at-grade enhancements and cues for automotive users that enable safe pedestrian movement
  • Explore options to maintain County Road 42 efficiency while buffering the impact of motor vehicles on the north and south subdistricts with landscaping or “art walls”

5. Improve Connections

Improve connections to adjacent destinations and regional systems: focus on broadening mobility options and establishing links

  • The health of the Center Village is dependent — in part — on how well it is connected to other places. Focus on improving connectivity for all modes of movement, including transit, ride-hailing, autonomous vehicles and non-motorized movement
  • Integrate multi-modal transit systems into the Vision Plan, to make it convenient and attractive for the adjacent neighborhoods, employment centers like Collins Aerospace, Buck Hill and the Medical District to connect to Center Village
  • Locate a transit hub to serve the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Extension (OLX) and MVTA needs that creates a synergy with adjacent uses and builds vitality within the district
People bike through a park while cars drive past on an upper street
Smart cars parked along a street next to electric chargers

6. Prepare for Change

From climate change to how we shop, recreate and move, build communities that reflect the 21st Century world

  • Build upon Burnsville’s reputation as a “green” leader by integrating district systems for water, energy, stormwater and integrating technological advances seamlessly into the design of new buildings, landscapes and infrastructure, such as “smart streets” that are “tech ready” e.g. designed to accommodate wireless, interactive information kiosks, charging stations for electric vehicles, etc. to elevate Center Village as a state-of-the-art environment that will attract increasingly tech-savvy populations
  • As one moves away from CR 42, “set the stage” for new, environmentally friendly land use patterns and a system of streets and blocks that encourage walking and biking and limit auto impacts
  • Anticipate emerging new models and patterns for shopping, including the tremendous impact of online shopping and ride sharing. Store sizes may decrease, allowing for a finer grained pattern of shops that integrate more naturally into a neighborhood context
  • Remain flexible in the design of buildings, parking structures, streets and open space/parks and plazas to accommodate changing patterns of mobility and the evolving tastes and needs of a broader spectrum of cultures and a more active aging population
  • Enhance the Orange Line station as a “mobility hub” that integrates alternative transportation choices, virtual trip-planning, etc.

7. Welcome Community

Create welcoming environments that are equitable for an increasingly diverse population

  • Create indoor/outdoor spaces that offer unique opportunities and experiences for Burnsville and don’t compete with amenities and offerings at other venues such as the Heart of the City. Programming should be coordinated for year  round and exceptional experiences
  • Develop places and activities that create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all people, including, ages, genders, ethnic and religious backgrounds
  • Explore the viability of an indoor/outdoor international food hall venue that includes a wide range of small vendors
  • Develop a free, outdoor venue to bring people together to enjoy music, literary and theatrical performance. This could be similar to “Shakespeare in the Streets” or “Music in the Parks,” “Reading in the Parks”
  • Provide new “cool” opportunities and venues for all ages to come to the district for a variety of reasons, ranging from sports to education to shopping, eating and worship
  • Promote local and regional artists to infuse the district with cultural meaning that reflects the unique history and environment of Burnsville and diversity of its population
People of various ethnicity shop at a vendor booth staffed by a Somali woman
Interior atrium of a shopping center

8. Strengthen Burnsville Center

Target investments that elevate experience

  • Mix it up by adding a variety of experiences for all users, year round
  • Create a welcoming approach through investments in the public realm, wayfinding, architectural enhancements and daylighting
  • Up the food game through offering variety and choice for all ages - e.g. pop up specialty, food trucks, healthy choices such as farmers markets and international offerings and markets
  • Make it Burnsville – identify and create an authentic brand identity that reflects what is uniquely Burnsville
  • Create Places to play for all ages. Provide a range of play and entertainment venues in outdoor and indoor settings and activated for seasonal experiences
  • Elevate service and technology to capture tech- savvy workers, visitors and residents
  • Promote flexible parking to unlock mixed use potential of the entire site.

9. Promote Health and Wellness

Improve access and connections to resources that promote health and wellness

  • In addition to developing a more walkable and bike connected district, add active uses to Center Village and the emerging North Neighborhood to encourage physical activity
  • Collaborate with Fairview, Park Nicollet and other major employers to promote active living and provide resources about food and nutrition, and health and wellness
  • Encourage a minute clinic to get established in Burnsville Center.
A man looks at his cell phone while standing behind a Nice Ride bike provided by Blue Cross Blue Shi
An aerial acrobat performs above people seated at tables

10. Introduce Innovation and Creativity

Be creative!

  • Introduce new programming, ideas, technologies, land uses and architectural character that will attract people to this “new” place year round
  • Identify the experiences making waves in the neighborhoods of the Twin Cities (and other cities) and bring them to Burnsville to breathe freshness and excitement into Center Village. This could include maker space for artisans, shared work environments, brew pubs, galleries, and so forth
  • Be flexible: new opportunities may emerge which are not specifically identified but may align with the overall vision of the Plan
  • Develop a process for evaluation of opportunities to determine alignment with vision plan

What Do People Want?

The following "Wordle Summaries" reflect the input provided by the public to questions about this project.

What is most exciting about this project?

Wordle - Most Excited About Project (Refresh, Walkable, Improve 42)

What specific things would you like to see?

Woordle - What do you want to see in project? (Parks, Restaurants, Entertainment)

What Might the Future Hold?

Rendering Showing Future Development Possibilities in Burnsville Center Area


To learn more about this project email Assistant Community Development Director Regina Dean or call 952-895-4453. Stay connected by following the City of Burnsville on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribing for City email alerts.