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Get in the Loop!

Bloomington's South Loop District

Bloomington's South Loop District is a distinctive urban center where people build their lives around work and community. It's a trendy neighborhood at the crossroads of the metro area's transportation networks, yet it's only moments away from the quiet, unspoiled beauty of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

South Loop overview

South Loop area extends from I-494 on the north, TH 77 on the west, to the Minnesota River on the south and east. The South Loop District Plan will guide future land use, transportation, urban design and redevelopment of this important commercial and employment center. One objective of the district plan is to establish a distinct mixed-use district that takes advantage of South Loop 's unique location adjacent to the 12th-busiest airport in the United States and a National Wildlife Refuge.

Four overarching goals provide a framework for achieving the District's vision. These include:

  1. Build on the District's unique mix of assets.
    • LRT and bus transit
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
    • Regional highways
    • National Wildlife Refuge
    • Mall of America
    • Bloomington Central Station
  2. Transform the District's densities and character from suburban to urban.
  3. Accelerate the District's development.
  4. Establish and promote the District as a branded place emphasizing sustainability, quality, safety, and comfort.

Find out about...


Sustainable South Loop (five-minute promotional video)

Location, location, location...

South Loop's got it. The district is adjacent to MSP airport. The Hiawatha Light Rail line runs through its heart. It is home to the Mall of America, one of the most visited destinations in the nation. It sits next to two of the region's arterial highways. Its south and east borders provide access to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge's wooded bluffs, welcoming meadows and peaceful marshlands.

South Loop extends from I-494 on the north and TH 77 on the west, to the Minnesota River on the south and east.

Map of district

High-resolution versions of this map are available on our Media kit page.


For more information, contact:

Janine Hill
Communications Administrator
PH: 952-563-8819

Julie Farnham
Senior Planner
PH: 952-563-4739


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