WTR18 Water Distribution Facility

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/1/15

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Public Works - Water

Contact Person: Chris Backes

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/31/24

Department Priority: 6

Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-3774


Project Location:

Address: 1860 28th St E and 2717 Longfellow Ave.

City Sector: East

Affected Neighborhoods: Phillips

Affected Wards: 9

Project Description:

The project will expand and improve the current Hiawatha Maintenance Facility site to provide for the programmed needs for Water Distribution Maintenance and other unmet Municipal Operational needs.

Purpose and Justification:

Strategic real estate planning for the City envisioned Public Works operations being consolidated on strategically located campuses. Since 1991, the City's south campus planned on leveraging the City's existing (commonly referred to as the Hiawatha Maintenance Facility) site at 26th Avenue and Highway 55 and expanding to the south as existing Public Works facilities needed replacement.

The City acquired the former "Roof Depot" properties with the expressed purpose of further developing and expanding the current Hiawatha Maintenance Facility site into a Municipal Operations campus, consolidating other Public Works divisions and services as appropriate for improved efficiency of operations and delivery of services.

The Roof Depot site is large enough to accommodate additional programmed needs for Municipal Operations. See additional information below.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

None at this time.

Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

None at this time. A Mississippi Watershed Management Organization grant to improve storm water quality will be applied for in April 2021.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

A new Training and Recruitment Center will be programmed and developed under a separate CBR with the assistance of local building trade labor unions, the Coordinator’s Division of Sustainability, neighborhood organizations, CPED, Public Works and Property Services. Public art and the landscape buffers on the residential Longfellow Ave. S. and on 28th St. will be programmed and designed with the participation of the residents and neighborhood groups.


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects. Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans, including specific policy references:

Public Services and Facilities: Through sound management and strategic investments, Minneapolis will maintain and develop public services and facilities that promote health, safety and an enhanced quality of life for all members of this growing community.

Policy 5.1: Coordinate facility planning among city departments and public institutions.

5.1.2 Explore opportunities for co-location of public services where appropriate.

5.1.3 Work with all partner agencies, including City departments, to ensure that facility planning is consistent with the land use policies of The Minneapolis Plan.

Policy 5.4: Enhance the safety, appearance, and effectiveness of the city’s infrastructure.

5.4.1 Maintain and improve the quality and condition of public streets, sidewalks, bridges, water systems, and other public infrastructure.

5.4.2 Plan for and provide public facilities which anticipate growth needs, use fiscal resources efficiently, and meet realistic timelines.

5.4.3 Prioritize capital improvements according to an objective set of criteria consistent with adopted goals and policies, including those of The Minneapolis Plan.

Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

The project was approved on May 26, 2016.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?

No net contribution on existing tax base. The loss of the Roof Depot property tax will be offset by a gain in taxes from the redeveloped Water Office/yard and Fire Station 11 properties.

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Relocation of the Water Department from the East Yards site on Hennepin Avenue will allow relocation of Fire Station 11 and private development of excess site area and historic water department storage and stable buildings there. A new Training and Recruitment center on the Roof Depot site will better facilitate and encourage local neighborhood hiring as well as provide space for local business incubators.

Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Yes, on a portion of the current East Yards Water site, and at the Fire Station 11 site that will be vacated.


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

Along the Hiawatha LRT, two blocks from the Lake Street station. The Project design team will use the Complete Streets Policy and and Vision Zero initiatives to inform the design and opportunities for connections.

Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

The Project design team will use the Vision Zero and Complete Streets Policies to improve public safety and inform the design and opportunities for connections.

Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Yes, the City's operations will be adding a number of additional vehicular trips (in and out) of the south access point on 28th Avenue. A Traffic Demand Management Plan is completed and its recommendations will be incorporated in the design.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 75-100 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? TBD

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? TBD

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $15,985,000

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

To be determined. Newly constructed industrial facilities have more complex mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems than the buildings they replace. The advantage is that the systems provide for a healthier and safer environment for the staff. Although the systems are more energy efficient (approximately 30%) the savings are offset by bringing more fresh air, exhausting harmful pollutants, and controlling temperature and humidity with more precision. Similarly, the maintenance savings of having new systems is offset by having more systems to maintain. The end result is there may not be any operational savings with the new building. The true savings will be with the effectiveness of the operation.

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

If there are any additional operating costs (compared to existing), these costs will be included in the 5 year financial plan for the City.

For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

The intended life of a new facility should be at least 75 years with a small incremental capital investment starting at approximately the 10th year of operations and with major building systems replacement starting in the 25th year of operation.

Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Prior year funding will be used in 2021-22 for design, demolition and site preparation.

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Design will be completed over the course of the current year with concurrent environmental remediation and demolition. Phased construction will begin late this year and early 2022.

Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

There is flexibility in the project schedule, but the operational gains will be delayed and interim costs keeping existing facilities functioning will occur.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety

Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

All neighborhoods are safe, healthy, are uniquely inviting and have access to Public Works maintenance and repair services. In addition to keeping neighborhoods safe, it is essential that the City be maintained as a regional center of commerce and culture; a destination for visitors that promote the interaction with local businesses.


The City prioritizes equitable access to safe, stable, accessible, and affordable housing to eliminate racial disparities in housing:

The Hiawatha Maintenance Facility campus expansion will support housing and neighborhoods that are continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Housing is an essential building block of a strong city. The City of Minneapolis has strongly endorsed a policy of growth. A growing population contributes to high quality city services, great neighborhood business districts, and safe streets. New housing is directed to locations that are well served by public transit services and close to commercial and natural amenities.

Economic Development

The City prioritizes economic inclusion so that all workers and families are supported and People of Color, Indigenous and Immigrant (POCII)-owned businesses in all sectors can thrive.

Current City operations are becoming inadequate to provide services to developing or changing areas of the City. Quality of life is a critical aspect in a business's decision to relocate to, remain in, or expand in Minneapolis. City residents consistently rate safety as having extremely high importance to their quality of life. The Hiawatha Maintenance Facility campus expansion will enhance inclusivity with a convenient training and recruitment center.

Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

The City provides adequate and equitable services to all neighborhoods in the City. Finance & Property Services (F&PS) strives for efficiency, transparency, and responsibility as stated in the City's goal. F&PS follows the City's purchasing procedures to ensure fair selection of services and detailed in-house project-by-project accounting ensures each project has a carefully managed budget. The Hiawatha Maintenance Facility campus expansion will enhance the City’s ability to provide critical Public Works infrastructure services including water, storm and sanitary utilities and street and sidewalk maintenance and repairs.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Minneapolis is a national leader in sustainability, pursuing an agenda to minimize its ecological footprint, use of natural resources conservatively, and continue to build a healthy economy. All purchases are made with an eye towards sustainability. F&PS strives to improve environmental performance and reduce waste with every project. The Hiawatha Maintenance Facility campus expansion will enhance the City’s ability to provide sustainable resource practices and environmental protection.

Built Environment & Transportation:

The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

The design and construction of the Hiawatha Maintenance Facility campus expansion will benefit the City residents through improved and equitable access to utility infrastructure, street and sidewalk maintenance and repair services provided. Transportation is vital to the city’s social, economic and environmental health. The City recognizes the key role of transportation in meeting the City’s sustainability goals for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and improving air quality, and strives to help meet them through this plan. The concept of a multi-modal system is one that integrates a wide range of transportation choices into a functioning, flexible network. The City continues to encourage investment in an interconnected multi-modal transportation system that supports sustainable growth.

Public Health:

The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:

The Hiawatha Maintenance Facility campus expansion design would allow for public access to a community space; improved parking options; and multiple in/egress points for rapid repair response. The City strives to increase health and quality of life for neighborhood residents through community design of healthy environments, which include; safe and secure walkways, adequate public transportation, accessible nutritious foods, and the reduction of disease-causing risk factors, such as lead poisoning through remediation programs. The Public Health programs are extensive and outreach programs are on-going, F&PS goals are to support these efforts and enhance the programs.

Arts and Culture:

The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:

The City seeks to incorporate the arts into projects when it can, by partnering with the City of Minneapolis’s public art program. The Hiawatha Maintenance Facility campus expansion has been included in a public arts grant.

Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

The proposed relocation of the Water Distribution and Maintenance Operations will resolve the deficiencies of the existing facilities, thereby improving the City’s ability to provide drinking water to all of its customers in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Water Main maintenance and construction activities can be more closely coordinated and key services delivered more effectively and professionally in a modern facility.

The design team is currently looking at the advantages of improving the existing Central Stores building, and of combining Departmental Stores functions into a new building for efficiencies. A parking structure will be needed to allow consolidation of activities for efficient operations. More vehicles and equipment will be stored inside and covered, extending their lives and reducing start-up delays. Fleet Maintenance and wash bays are being added, as well as improved facilities for Cured-in-Place Pipes (CIPP). Improved conference, muster and locker facilities will be provided. The fuel station is being relocated farther away from the neighborhood residences to reduce congestion. Central Stores will also be relocated to relieve congestion and improve on-site traffic flow.

This Capital Budget Request requests funding for the above scope.

Relocation of Water Distribution & Maintenance will free up the existing East Hennepin site for a needed relocation of Fire Station No. 11 (FIR11).