PSD16 Farmers Market Improvements

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 2013

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Finance and Property Services

Contact Person: Bob Friddle

Level of Need: Desirable

Estimated Project Completion Date: 2023

Department Priority: NA

Contact Phone Number: x 3387

Website: NA

Project Location:

Address: 300 Lakeside Avenue

City Sector: Downtown

Affected Neighborhoods: North Loop

Affected Wards: Ward 5

Minneapolis Farmers Market

Project Description:

The project is to make capital improvements to the market site to improve flow, function and safe operation of the site, address ADA deficiencies, and increase the number of vendor stalls available to promote Homegrown Minneapolis participation. The project also envisions expanding the market to provide for a year round indoor market and to connect the market to future redevelopment of the neighborhood and to the new light rail station on Royalston Avenue.

Purpose and Justification:

The Minneapolis Farmer's Market is an important local and regional asset. The Market is nationally recognized and is often rated amongst the top ten markets in the country. The market, with the exception of replacing the shed roofs and painting, has remained in its basic form for its 75 years of existence. The current structure was constructed for a wholesale activity versus the retail format that exists today.

With the likely redevelopment of the neighborhood, updating and expanding the market will need to be part of that overall redevelopment plan in order to be designed and implemented in a proactive vs reactive manner.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

None secured yet.

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

Grant or other non-City funding has not been secured for this project. Several grants and private sources of revenue have supported the operation of the market but not capital improvements. The Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association and other key partners will need to develop a financing and sustainable business plan in order for this project to proceed. Some amount of public investment may still be required.

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

Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association (Business Process Improvement) (design review and input)

Homegrown Minneapolis (locally grown and processed foods)

Hennepin County (Electronic Benefits Transfer program)


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 5.1: Coordinate facility planning among city departments and public


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


5.1.4 Develop cooperative programming that takes advantage of the resources and

missions of various public institutions.

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.

Policy 5.7: Protect and improve individual, community, and environmental


5.7.1 Support the health of individuals through direct services, initiatives, research,

and advocacy.

5.7.3 Promote nutrition using strategies to ensure access to healthy foods for all


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.

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:

This project has not yet been submitted for a Location and Design Review process.

Economic Development

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


Describe the economic development impact of the project:

This project is viewed to be completed in partnership with redevelopment in this portion of the City. Timing of the redevelopment will likely be in parallel with the Southwest Light Rail construction and the Royalston Station.

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

No, but this project supports and enhances redevelopment.


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, the indoor market is envisioned to be directly across from the Royalston Station.

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

Yes, enhanced sidewalks and ADA access improvements along Border Avenue (as part of the Southwest Light Rail Project).

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? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 25 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? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations:

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

It is anticipated that any increase in operating costs will be funded through rental fees paid by the growers.

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

The intent of this project is to develop partnerships that will provide up-front financing that will reduce the burden of debt and operating costs. Vendors will lease spaces and pay rents to offset the new operating costs.

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 25 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:

Current efforts are focused on bringing in upgraded electric, water, sewer and data infrastructure to the existing open air market to provide for immediate regulatory requirements and to provide for the utility needs for the future restroom and multipurpose facility on that block. Funding for future scope of work (including the indoor market) has not been requested at this time in order to be able to form partnerships and plans for the future.

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

Completion of this project was originally envisioned for 2019 with the opening of the Royalston station and the Southwest Light Rail line. With project delays, staff will concentrate on current needs while redevelopment plans for the area come forward for consideration.

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:

Funding and project delivery is somewhat flexible at this time but is preferred for 2021 while right-of way improvements are being constructed. Long term funding commitment from the City is critical to get private partnerships to fund the balance of the project.

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 fresh and

nutritious foods. 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 Farmers Market supports equitable access to safe, fresh and nutritious foods, which in turn support equitable housing options. 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 operations are inadequate to provide services to a successful and growing market for fresh foods. 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.

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. The Farmers Market is a perfect example of the City's goal towards environmental justice. Bringing nutritious foods directly to the neighborhoods that may not have access to such produce is a practice of sustainability.

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 restrooms, upgraded electrical service, and ADA compliant curb cuts will benefit the City residents through improved and equitable access to 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:

Improving facilities and adding desired amenities can increase health and quality of life for neighborhood residents of every age, ability level, economic status, race, ethnicity, and national origin. 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:

With resident population growing in the Downtown and North Loop neighborhoods, the customer base is strong. Also, with the Southwest light rail transit line and transit station),to be located in the area, access to a larger population within the City and region is envisioned. The redevelopment envisioned for the properties adjacent to the market will make the economic potential for an extended (or year round) market more viable.