PSD19 Impound Lot Facility

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 2016

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: Finance and Property Services

Contact Person: Bob Friddle

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: Fall 2021

Department Priority: High

Contact Phone Number: x 3387

Website: NA

Project Locations:

Address: 51 Colfax Ave N

City Sector: Downtown

Affected Neighborhoods: Bryn Mawr

Affected Wards: 7

Impound Lot

Project Description:

This project will design and construct a new Impound Lot Facility, providing for the relocation of vehicles and re-configuring the site, as well as security improvements needed to consolidate operations primarily east of Van White Boulevard.

Purpose and Justification:

The existing building (built in 1986) does not meet current needs for staff support, security and customer waiting and service. The building is not to current code and does not meet ADA requirements.

This project will dramatically improve how customer service is provided, result in a significantly improved environment for customers and staff, and increase the efficiency of the processes needed to legally retain impounded vehicles, improve safety and vehicular flow (public, staff and tow truck), and pedestrian access from the Southwest Light Rail Train station. With an efficient design and optimization of processes, vehicles can be received and released more quickly and safely. The work areas will be made more efficient. A large waiting area will be designed to operate as a conference and training room when not needed for customers. Barrier-free ADA accessibility will be addressed in the new construction.

This project will be designed to meet the current LEED Silver (non-certified) sustainable design guidelines. The result will be a facility that is sustainable, safe, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

Grant and other non-City funding have not been applied for at this time

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


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

Minnesota Department of Transportation and the State Patrol. The Impound Lot stores vehicles for the Minnesota State Patrol and checks vehicles for violations with MnDOT. As part of this partnership, MnDOT is allowing the City to lease land under Interstate 394 for vehicles being held for evidence commonly referred to as "the Police Holds".

This long-term lease, along with the Impound area improvements, allows the Impound Facility to reduce its footprint, which will allow CPED to work with developers to commercially develop areas to the west of Van White Memorial Blvd.


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.

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.

Planning Commission Spring 2019?

Economic Development

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


Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Allows for potential commercial development of Impound Lot land west of Van White Blvd.

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

Yes, allows for potential commercial development of Impound Lot land west of Van White Blvd.


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.

Proximity of the new entrance to the future Southwest Light Rail station will improve public access.

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

Sidewalk access is provided.

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? Fall 2021

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? $10,000 Increase

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $10,100,000

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

New buildings have more complex mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems than those that were original to the building. The advantage is that the systems provide for a healthier and safer environment for the City 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, having the maintenance savings (fewer break-down repairs) of having new systems is offset by having more systems to maintain. The larger savings is the cost avoidance of complete system failure that would require relocation of staff until the problem is resolved. The end result is there will not be significant operational cost savings with the energy systems.

The existing building will be replaced with a new building that is of increased size, therefore there will be a small increase in operating costs estimated to be $10,000 per year.

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

Any increased costs can be absorbed within the current operating budget.

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:

Bidding is completed and construction planned for 2020-21.

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

Current schedule would have all work completed by summer/fall of 2021.

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 (bond principal and interest) has been planned for in the 5-year financial plan for the Parking System.

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:

New facility will allow for safe delivery and retrieval of vehicles in a modern facility that is designed to accommodate service during sometimes stressful events. Functional and practical design with safety is a priority. 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:

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. Although this project does not directly impact housing, the project strategies incorporated will be designed to support safe and accessible access.

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.

City operates an impound Lot that will be more efficient, effective, customer focused and better meet the needs of the operation. This project helps to ensure the safety, security, reliability, and preservation of a key government, neighborhood, and citizen asset.

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 sustainability as a focus. 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 City's infrastructure is managed and improved for current and future needs and also a better neighbor than the existing facility. 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 Impound Lot design will allow for public access to an improved site with improved parking options; and an egress modification that will enhance vehicle retrieval. 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 City Council and Mayor have approved this project through the regular council committee process in 2015.