Updated: 09/13/2013 7:34 AM KSTP.com By: Jessica Miles
Grand Central Station is a landmark in New York City. Minneapolis has plans for its own version of it, right near Target Field where there will be a dramatic facelift.
Construction workers and heavy machinery fill the space now, but Hennepin County says the area will soon be a transportation hub with countless amenities. There will be retail stores, a public plaza, parking and a giant jumbo display screen.
The second light rail platform will be added to alleviate log-jams on the northwest side of Target Field after games.
The $85 million project will be done by spring of next year, and those involved say it will be a destination. "Clearly on game days it will be Twins-themed but on non-game days we will work with the county on programs; it could be a free concert series, it could be a movie night for the North Loop neighborhood, perhaps a hockey rink where people can come and skate over the course of the winter months," says Twins President Dave St. Peter.
One commissioner, Jeff Johnson, did vote against the project saying it is massively over-priced. He was the only "no" vote.
Click here to see an animation of the plans.