FIR11 New Fire Station No. 11

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 2017

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Finance and Property Services

Contact Person: Bob Friddle/Barbara O'Brien

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 2023

Department Priority: 2 of 3

Contact Phone Number: 612-3387

Website: NA

Project Location:

Address: 935 5th Avenue SE

City Sector: East

Affected Neighborhoods: Marcy-Holmes

Affected Wards: Ward 3

Current East Yards Water Maintenance Facility location

Project Description:

This Project will plan, design, and construct a new Fire Station No. 11 at the City owned property at 935 5th Avenue South East.

Purpose and Justification:

The current Fire Station No. 11 is located on a residential street at 229 6th St. S.E. The original station, built in 1925, is a two-story brick building including a finished basement, with two apparatus bays. The area of the station is approximately 16,500 square feet. The Fire Station serves the East Bank, Marcy Holmes, St. Anthony (East and West), Beltrami, Mid-City Industrial, and Como neighborhoods of Minneapolis. The original station provides living space (open dorm) to accommodate three rotating shifts of 24 firefighters, and 6 captains for a total of 30 occupants. The location and configuration of the current Fire Station No. 11 are no longer adequate to serve today’s fire department operations. The building is functionally deficient and no longer meets the current building code, energy code and ADA accessibility.

Long term strategic planning planned for the station to be relocated to a commercial corridor (to improve response times) vs. renovating and expanding at the current location. Increases (and changes) in staff size, the lack of privacy and gender issues as it relates to open sleeping areas, have created a demand for private sleeping rooms.

Because of higher demand, due to shifts in property development and street access, the response times for Fire Station No. 11 have decreased in some of the neighborhoods that it serves. The Minneapolis Fire Department measures response times based on a percentage of first unit arrival within five (5) minutes. Response times below 70% indicate unacceptable levels of service. Due to the increased service demands on Fire Station No. 11, a new facility and a better location will improve service and response times to these surrounding neighborhoods, including growing industrial areas to the east.

The new station will be planned to accommodate three rotating shifts of 21 firefighters, 6 captains and 6 Fire Motor-Operators, for a total of 33 occupants (eleven staff per shift). This will result in a functional and efficient living space that will provide for all 33 firefighters. The building will be designed, constructed and commissioned utilizing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

The new Fire Station No. 11 is planned to be located on the City-owned property located at 935 5th Avenue SE. This property is currently the site of the Public Works Water Distribution and Maintenance Facility which is to be relocated as part of the current Capital Improvement plan (WTR 18 Water Distribution Facility).

The new Fire Station No. 11 project will coordinate with City Public Works and Hennepin County Public Works groups for access onto East Hennepin Ave.

The project will meet the current and anticipated future needs of the Minneapolis Fire Department in this geographic portion of the City.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

None at this time this time.

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

Grants or other sources of funding have not been applied for at this time.

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

The project currently does not have any partners.


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. 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.

Policy 6.1: Integrate environmental, social and economic goals into decision-making processes at all levels.

6.1.2 Promote efficient use of natural and limited resources when renovating, constructing or operating city facilities and in general city operations.

6.1.3 Apply the city-adopted US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building B3 Guidelines as tools for design and decision-making when developing, renovating or operating city facilities.

6.1.4 Invest in energy efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, controls and sensors that minimize emission and noise, use of renewable fuel sources, and utilization of best available control technology to minimize particulate emissions.

Policy 6.3: Encourage sustainable design practices in the planning, construction and operations of new developments, large additions and building renovations.

Policy 5.6: Improve the safety and security of residents, workers, and


5.6.4 Maintain and enhance a public safety infrastructure that improves response time to police and fire calls, implements new technologies, provides operation and training opportunities and facilities, and improves communication among public safety agencies.

5.6.6 Maintain an Emergency Operations Plan by planning, acquiring equipment, and training for response to emergencies and disasters.

Policy 5.8: Make city government more responsive to the needs of people

who use its services.

5.8.1 Ensure equal access to city services and contracts across the protected classes.

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:

Location and Design Review was approved on May 26, 2016.

Economic Development

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

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Staff from the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department have been assigned to this project and will assist in the identification of appropriate re-use opportunities for the historic buildings on the proposed site as well as the redevelopment of the current Fire Station No. 11 for private use.

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



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.

Yes, details yet to be determined.

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

No, Public Works is looking into potential bike trail adjacent to the project site.

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


Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance: TBD

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New

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

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2023

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? $20,000 Increase

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $2,795,000

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

Newly constructed fire stations 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 firefighters. 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 stations will be designed to be more efficient and easily cleaned on a daily basis. The Firefighters self-perform the cleaning of the station therefore there will not be any financial offset.

The end result is there will not be any operational savings with the new building. It is anticipated that the costs may actually be $20,000 a year higher based on comparative stations.

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

Increased costs have been planned for in the City's 5-year financial plan.

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:

Planning and design will commence in 2022.

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

Detailed timeline TBD

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:

This new fire station is needed and has been waiting for the Water Department to relocate to the Hiawatha campus to free up the site.

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, have access to adequate Fire Response services. Keeping neighborhoods safe is essential; the City must be maintained as a regional center of commerce and culture; a destination for visitors that promote the interaction with local businesses.

The new location will provide faster response times, especially to the growing industrial area to the east.


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

New Fire Station will support housing and neighborhoods that are continuing to expand and grow in housing stock complexity. 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.

Quality of life is a critical aspect in a business's decision to relocate to, remain in, or expand in Minneapolis. F&PS supports and recognizes that a healthy, sustainable economy depends on supporting its businesses, the people employed by those businesses, and the places in which businesses are located.

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.

Environmental Justice:

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

Projects are designed with an eye towards sustainability. F&PS strives to improve environmental performance and reduce waste with every project. 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.

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 a new Fire Station will benefit the City residents through improved and equitable access to safety 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 new Fire Station design would allow for improved parking and rapid safety 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 arts community in Minneapolis has a long tradition of grassroots arts activity, and is nationally recognized for the dynamism and creativity of arts-related events in the city.

The City seeks to incorporate the arts into projects when it can, by partnering with the City of Minneapolis’s public art program.

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 current fire station at (229 Southeast 6th Street) has redevelopment potential and will be marketed for redevelopment by the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department.