Project Start Date: 4/15/2022
Ongoing Program: Y/N
Submitting Department: Public Works/CPED
Contact Person: Andrea Brennan
Level of Need: Significant
Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027
Department Priority: 22 of 62
Contact Phone Number: (612) 673-5128
City Sector: CityWide
Affected Neighborhoods: CityWide
Affected Wards: All
Description of Location
The Development Infrastructure Program is an innovative partnership between Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and Public Works, with the intent to promote and leverage public infrastructure improvements directly related to development projects. This partnership has the advantages of combining Public Works' expertise in the built environment and CPED's expertise in development finance and coordination. The program will be focused along transit corridors in priority areas, but it will be flexible to allow for other targeted opportunities.
CPED will coordinate project development and financing packages for projects proposed within this program, and Public Works will manage project delivery for these projects.
Purpose and Justification:
In order to respond quickly to the demands of the real estate marketplace, and in order to bring public resources to locations where investment will follow, CPED and Public Works believe this program is a necessary component of the City’s prioritization of infrastructure spending. The program distinction is important. By having a multi-year schedule of infrastructure funding, resources can be allocated where the market will respond. Creating a program allows staff to prioritize investments in a way that is not possible for project-specific requests.
Project Cost Breakdown
Department Funding Request
Have Grants for this Project been secured?
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:
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.
Transportation: Minneapolis will build, maintain and enhance access to multi-modal transportation options for residents and businesses through a balanced system of transportation modes that supports the City’s land use vision, reduces adverse transportation impacts, decreases the overall dependency on automobiles, and reflects the city’s pivotal role as the center of the regional transportation network. This project is consistent with planning and policy guidelines set forth in the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040.
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 took place on April 26, 2012. The project was found consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.
Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?
Yes, supports substantial tax base growth.
Describe the economic development impact of the project:
This program provides the ability to respond quickly to the demands of the real estate marketplace and bring public resources to locations where investment will follow. The program is focused along transit corridors in priority areas, but is flexible enough to allow for other targeted opportunities.
Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?
The multi-year schedule of infrastructure funding provides a program by which resources can be allocated where the market will respond. Creating a program allows staff to prioritize investments in a way that is not possible in the current system of project-specific requests.
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.
This program consists of various street segments some of which may be identified as current or future transitways and/or high volume pedestrian corridors. Public Works is currently developing its ADA Transition Plan which will provide direction on how the City will address its deficient pedestrian curb ramps, This program may be targeted to facilitate some of that work.
Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.
This program looks at all aspects of the right of way, including upgraded pedestrian facilities and possible bicycle and transit facilities.
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
The available right-of-way varies by location. All modes of travel will be evaluated while designing the best possible facility.
Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance
Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? N/A
What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? N/A
Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? N/A
What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? N/A
Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? Yes
Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $884,568
Describe how operating cost impacts were determined. If new infrastructure, also discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:
There is no net change in the annual operating budget; Public Works will reallocate those dollars to aging infrastructure elsewhere in the system. In general, the cost to maintain a street/alley in poor condition is estimated at $10,000 per mile per year for a commercial/MSA type of street.
If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:
Regular crack sealing and other preventative maintenance treatments will be needed to keep the road surface in good shape.
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:
Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:
Ongoing projects that are being funded from this program and remaining fund allocations include the following: Upper Harbor Terminal public infrastructure, Waterworks (1st Street South bridge and sidewalk), Jefferson Street Northeast shared use trail, 27th Street Northeast reconstruction, and Bassett Creek Valley.
If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:
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:
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.
Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:
Increase accessibility of public infrastructure and public amenities.
Use design principles that ensure a safe and welcoming environment when designing all projects that impact the public realm.
Prioritize safety investments in line with the Complete Streets Policy.
Improve safety for pedestrians, and prioritize pedestrians over other road users, especially at street intersections; focus on signals, crosswalks, lighting, signage, visibility and lowering vehicular speeds through street design and other measures.
The City has declared racism a public health emergency, noting that “racism in all its forms causes persistent discrimination and disparate outcomes in many areas of life”. Public Works recognizes the impact of racism in transportation systems and this program/project seeks to promote transportation equity and justice in accordance with the goals of the Strategic & Racial Equity Action Plan 2019-2022 by providing equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.
The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.
Reduce the energy, carbon, and health impacts of transportation through reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips and phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles.
Plan, design, build, maintain, and operate the city’s transportation system in a way that prioritizes pedestrians first, followed by bicycling and transit use, and lastly motor vehicle use. (Complete Streets Policy. Adopted May 2016.)
Improve the pedestrian environment in order to encourage walking and the use of mobility aids as a mode of transportation.
Improve and expand bicycle facilities in order to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation.
Improve access to goods and services via walking, biking and transit.
Support development and public realm improvements near existing and planned METRO stations that result in walkable districts for living, working, shopping, and recreating.
Proactively improve the public realm to support a pedestrian friendly, high-quality and distinctive built environment.
Improve the tree canopy and urban forest.
Improve air quality by reducing emissions of pollutants that harm human health and the environment.
Minneapolis has also declared a climate emergency that demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse and address the consequences and causes of climate change. Through the Transportation Action Plan, Public Works has stated its intention to drastically reduce the transportation sector’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and this program/project aims to develop networks that will bring a climate-forward transportation system for the people of Minneapolis.
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 of Minneapolis will promote design for the built environment that is dynamic and durable, reflects the diversity of Minneapolis residents, and contributes to a sense of place and community identity.
The City will also proactively improve the public realm, including streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces between buildings, to ensure that public spaces and private development are thoughtfully connected.
Achieving this goal also requires changes to the transportation system that make it easier to walk, bike or use transit to access daily needs. The City will proactively improve the pedestrian environment and continue to build and maintain a network of bikeways, while working with Metro Transit to increase the frequency, speed and reliability of the public transit system.
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:
While this budget request shows that this program implements many of the goals and policies contained in the comprehensive plan, it should also be noted that in many cases these projects are also referenced in related small area plans or community development framework plans. These projects often require long lead times for planning, collaborative project coordination and financial planning and when complete, these projects often need to proceed into the implementation phases at a much faster pace than would be afforded through the normal capital improvement programming process.