New Skyway Connects Downtown Minneapolis

A new skyway was built to connect the Accenture Tower and Ameriprise Financial Center in downtown Minneapolis.

As the temperature decreases, those who live or work in downtown Minneapolis have a new skyway to help protect them from the cold weather.

Los Angeles-based commercial real estate firm CBRE last week announced the grand opening of the new skyway connecting the Accenture Tower at 333 South Seventh Street and the Ameriprise Financial Center at 707 Second Avenue South. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday marked the completion of the $3 million project.

CBRE manages and leases the Accenture Tower. Accenture Tower General Manager Bob Traeger on Tuesday told Twin Cities Business that the new downtown skyway is the first to be built in at least several years, and perhaps a decade. It's the third skyway linked to Accenture Tower, which is owned by the California State Teachers Retirement System, and it's the 84th skyway in the Minneapolis system, he said.

The Ameriprise building is owned by The Opus Group, Traeger said. Opus previously also owned the land to the west of Accenture and sold it to the California State Teachers Retirement System in July.

That transaction “cleared the way for us to build a skyway, which we've been trying to do for years,” Traeger explained, adding that Minnetonka-based Opus was also selected to construct the skyway.

Traeger said that his building has already seen an uptick in requests for parking, now that it is more directly connected to the core of downtown Minneapolis, and he's received a positive response from other neighboring buildings that have benefited from the new skyway connection.