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Nicollet AveuneNicollet Avenue and Burnsville Parkway near the Ames Center.
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2017 International FestivalThe International Festival of Burnsville was established in 2006 to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. The Festival takes place at Nicollet Commons Park each summer and features a range of music and dance groups representing cultures around the globe. In addition to music, guests and their families can purchase food, admire culture displays, and engage in kid-friendly activities. Photo compliments of Experience Burnsville.
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2017 International FestivalThe International Festival of Burnsville was established in 2006 to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. The Festival takes place at Nicollet Commons Park each summer and features a range of music and dance groups representing cultures around the globe. In addition to music, guests and their families can purchase food, admire culture displays, and engage in kid-friendly activities. Photo compliments of Experience Burnsville.
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2017 International FestivalThe International Festival of Burnsville was established in 2006 to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. The Festival takes place at Nicollet Commons Park each summer and features a range of music and dance groups representing cultures around the globe. In addition to music, guests and their families can purchase food, admire culture displays, and engage in kid-friendly activities. Photo compliments of Experience Burnsville.
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Ames Center is premier arts venue 2017Information published in the Burnsville Sun/This Week News Burnsville Community Guide 2017.

The Burnsville area is home to several attractions that make it a destination to people in the south metro, the region and beyond.
One of the busiest venues around is the Ames Center, which opened
near the Heart of the City in January 2009.
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Ames CenterOne in a series of random photos shot July 2017 of the "Heart of the City" area of Burnsville.

The 54-acre Heart of the City is a smart-growth based, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly downtown area for Burnsville. Featuring a host of retail shops, business and office space, a community arts center, community park and diverse housing opportunities, the Heart of the City is the place to Live, Work, Shop and Play.

Past
The Heart of the City project grew from the Partnerships for Tomorrow community visioning project and community feedback that identified the creation of a central meeting area as a community goal. The Heart of the City grew from a simple streetscape project in 1995 to a full-fledged redevelopment effort. In 1999, the Burnsville City Council adopted a framework design manual and zoning ordinance which outlines design standards and other requirements to assure that future development is consistent with the community’s vision.

Future
The Heart of the City is focused on bringing arts and cultural opportunities to the area and building tax base to benefit the entire community. Along with cultural development, the Heart of the City is aiming at economic development. At full development, the Heart of the City area will generate approximately $2-$3 million in property taxes annually compared to the $200,000 it did before redevelopment.
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Ames Center sign
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Ames Center dedication plaqueOne in a series of photos of the Heart of the City, shot in July 2017.
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Ames CenterWinter photo of the exterior and surrounding park at the Ames Center, 2016.
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