Minneapolis’ grid-like structure is broken between West Lake and West 29th St. (east/west) and 1st Av. S. and Blaisdell Av. (north/south). Blocking Nicollet from running through the square is KMart, the area’s largest retailer and its immense parking lot. A remnant from 1970s decision-making to help spur economic growth in the Lake street area, KMart’s lease was supposed to expire in 2053. Instead, it was broken by the City Council, giving planners full control of about 10 acres in the heart of south Minneapolis. The goal is to reopen Nicollet Avenue, reconnect city neighborhoods, and expand development in ways that align with the Minneapolis 2040 plan, which aims to eliminate disparities and increase affordable housing.