Project Start Date: TBD
Ongoing Program: Yes and No
Submitting Department: MPD/Property Services
Contact Person: Bob Friddle, AC Kjos
Level of Need: High
Estimated Project Completion Date: 2026
Department Priority: High
Contact Phone Number: 673-3387
City Sector: TBD
Affected Neighborhoods: All
Affected Wards: All
Description of Location - Location not yet identified
New Training & Wellness Center for City MPD, Fire, Emergency Responders and regional partner needs.
Purpose and Justification:
The City Of Minneapolis currently leases the former Hamilton Elementary school space from Minneapolis Public schools at 4119 DuPont Ave., North, for a wide variety of police training, storage, and youth programs. The total area of the Hamilton SOC is 50,580 square feet. The 10 year lease is in its sixth year, and is not currently renewable; the space is inadequate for today’s training and wellness promotion needs, and there is no ability for expansion.
A new facility is needed that can be designed to provide for not only pre-employment, continuing education and in-service classroom and computer training needs, but wellness preparation and counseling, de-escalation and investigation and arrest scenarios of many different types, including indoor, outdoor and vehicular. New policing models, such as the co-responder program and body camera program, require new policing training opportunities. New wellness programs can help first responders deal with the psychological impact of their jobs, such as with domestic abuse trauma and post traumatic stress syndrome.
Outdoor and vehicular training is especially important, because it requires a large open space that is sheltered from public view. The new Hero Center in Cottage Grove is a good example of this new type of training and wellness facility. Combining reality-based training, tactical training with movable partitions, virtual-reality simulators, defensive tactics training, secure outdoor yard and canine training, and 50 yard firing ranges with classroom and support, this facility is designed to be flexible and highly accessible for all.
The project will meet the current and anticipated future needs of the city. Location is yet to be determined, but would ideally be more central to the area served.
Such a facility could be made available to regional partners and could become an income generator for the city, to help with it’s debt service. There may also be funds available from the State for development of such a facility.
Project Cost Breakdown
Department Funding Request
Have Grants for this Project been secured?
Grants or other sources of 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:
Property services will work with community planning and economic development (CPED) and MPD to identify and analyze potential sites.
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 will be initiated when a site is selected.
Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No
Describe the economic development impact of the project:
Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible? No,although the Hamilton School site could be redeveloped by MPS.
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 project will be adjacent to the Royalston station but does not involve any exterior improvements, only interior and life safety improvements.
Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.
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
Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:
Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New
What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 50-75 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:
If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:
Newly constructed police 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 officers, staff, and the citizens served. 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. Property Services will continue to 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 facilities
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:
A site will be identified, vetted and acquired by the city within 2 to 3 years. A new training and wellness center will be designed and built within the following two years.
Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:
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If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:
Projects of this type are typically completed over a two - three year period with planning and design completed in the first year and construction in the second year.
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:
Cost estimates are not based on an actual design. The City will hire an outside consultant who has constructed similar facilities as well as several police stations in recent years and will utilize their market data to update project estimates.
The project does not include any cost for acquiring property, as a location has not yet been identified and it is unknown at this time.
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.
Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:
Better training reduces risk for first responders as well as the public they serve, and can lead to reduced cost to the City in financial settlements.
The City prioritizes equitable access to safe, stable, accessible, and affordable housing to eliminate racial disparities in housing:
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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.
SUBP goals will be developed and enforced by Civil Rights for our design and construction partners.
The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.
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The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air. The new facility will be designed, constructed and commissioned utilizing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
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.
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The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:
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Arts and Culture:
The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:
A budget for public art will be included.
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:
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