PSD22 Regulatory Services MACC

Project Details:

Project Start Date: TBD

Ongoing Program: No

Submitting Department: Property Services, Regulatory Services

Contact Person: Bob Friddle

Level of Need: Moderate

Estimated Project Completion Date: 2022

Department Priority: High

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-3387

Website: NA

Project Location:

Address: 212 17th Ave. N.,

City Sector: North

Affected Neighborhoods: All

Affected Wards: 5

Description of Location

Project Description:

Master planning funding to address current deficiencies.

Purpose and Justification:

The Minneapolis Animal Care and Control facility (MACC), is an open admissions full service shelter for stray dogs, cats and other more exotic animals. The shelter was built in 2003, and has 21,100 ft.².

Since the facility's opening in 2003, MACC's work has expanded and current needs have outgrown the space. Small revisions have been made to provide better accessibility and accommodate additional staff and services. Many needs of current activities are unmet in the current space including: quarantine areas, sterile surgery space, investigative office space, storage, conference and meeting rooms, air circulation and HVAC, storage for exotic animals, security for staff, office space for animal control officers, adequate outdoor play areas, separate spaces for animals being picked up, surrendered and adopted - separate from counter space for people paying fines and purchasing license and permits.

The space has not kept up with MACC’s expanding work. Staff and customer safety is an issue in the current shelter. The space does not allow for front desk security and staff are unable to restrict movement in the shelter. There are often dangerous animals coming in and going out of the small lobby while animal adoptions or surrenders are occurring. The space lacks office space for investigations.

The MACC shelter built in 2003 does not suit the needs of MACC today, including staff veterinarians performing surgeries and numerous medical procedures. Additionally, the investigations team works with MPD to prosecute animal crimes. Their partnerships with volunteers and the public enable them to broaden their reach, and the demand for kenneling in both the number and species of animals has multiplied. MACC is seen as a regional resource and regularly called on to help in hoarding and investigations. The mandates of the animal shelter have changed since 2003. 2016 mandates demand MACC treat all animals medically, behaviorally and mentally and to find appropriate placement for all treatable animals. The average time in shelter has more than tripled since 2003 and may increase even further as life saving efforts continue. The current capacity does not meet the needs and demands of the community.

Operational improvements and solutions continue to be studied and implemented, but the facility is running out of options. A master planning effort has been requested to identify changes that could be made to the existing facility, since the site footprint is at its maximum.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


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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.

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Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No

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


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. TBD

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

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. TBD

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure?

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? NA

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

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Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations:

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Project Coordination

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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:

A solution to the current problems cannot be delayed longer.

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:

MACC provides an essential public health and safety service. Citizens rely on MACC directly to help with all animal related issues. MACC plays a vital role in identifying and protecting the community from deadly zoonotic diseases, work closely with local, State and Federal agencies and taskforces on major animal crime. More broadly, the investigative work MACC does helps identify and provide evidence needed to prosecute low level crimes. MACC’s work, often invisible, provides a safety net for humans and animals. MACC operates a comprehensive animal sheltering facility that acts as a quarantine facility, secures living evidence for victim animals, and houses animals that have been temporarily displaced due to owners hospitalization, sick and injured animals, stray and unwanted animals of all species domestic, wild, and exotic. MACC employs three veterinarians and handles all minor to moderate animal issues in house.


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

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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.

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Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

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Environmental Justice:

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

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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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Public Health:

The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:

The public relies on MACC for protecting “herd health” and controlling zoonotic disease with research and treatment. These are especially important as new diseases are identified. MACC works closely with Local, State and Federal health agencies to ensure the health and safety of the community and its animals are protected and preserved. MACC staff work on the front lines to defend against all zoonotic diseases. MACC works closely with hospitals and social workers to assist in animal related issues.

Arts and Culture:

The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:

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Additional Information

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