BP008 Public Space Program


Project Details:

Project Start Date: 4/15/2022

Ongoing Program:

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Trey Joiner

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 11/15/2027

Department Priority: 43 of 62

Contact Phone Number: (612) 271-8684

Website:


Project Location:

City Sector: citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Description of location: Various


Project Description:

This program will implement mobility hubs, parklets and plazas as recommended in the Transportation Action Plan’s Technology, Design and Freight sections, and as listed in action 1.3, 3.1, and 2.2, 5.2 and 1.3 respectively. Referred to hear on out as public spaces, this program will support safety and equity goals intended to prioritize improvements to transit nodes and underutilized spaces with a with a history of being natural gathering spaces for the community. Improvements will activate space and be reflective of the communities they are located within by utilizing features such as curbs, medians, bollards/flexible traffic posts, planters, parklets, seating, tables, lockers, micromobility and bike racks, sidewalk amenities, information signs, shelters, and works of art, trees, green infrastructure, lighting, signage, shared lockers or other vertical features.

Purpose and Justification:

In the summer of 2019, the City of Minneapolis launched a mobility hub pilot program to increase access to convenient, low or no carbon transportation options, including transit, shared scooters and bicycles. In 2020, the second year of the Mobility Hub pilot expanded the number of locations and included an ambassador program. The pilot ambassador program established a foundation for community relationships to be nurtured through continued partnership. The mobility hub pilot also demonstrated a strategy for how we can substantively increase access to convenient, low or no carbon transportation options, with special attention to access and convenience in communities of color. The Public Space program provides an opportunity to address historical inequities in the development of public space and transportation access points. New types of infrastructure and placemaking investment will enable access to the increasing number of modes needed to make Minneapolis easier and more attractive to traverse.



Public Spaces Program

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Partnerships


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

No




Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources: No grants or non-city funding has been secured at this time.




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

Depending on location, project implementation may include partnership with Nice Ride or Metro Transit.


Planning


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

Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans. Provide specific policy references.




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 for this project has not occurred.

Economic Development


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

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Supports moderate tax base growth.


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

N/A


Transportation

Is the proposed project on a route that is included in the AAA Bikeway network. If yes, how is the route designated.

Some of these locations may fall along the All Ages All Abilities network and are intended to complement the context of the adjoining transportation networks.


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. Many of these locations are in high-volume pedestrian corridors and most are along or provide connections to transit corridors. Mobility bubs, plazas and parklets are part of an overall strategy to improve multimodal transportation choices in Minneapolis.


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

These projects will enhance access and comfort along multi-modal 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

Yes, right-of-way is constrained in most of these spaces, and there are generally tradeoffs in most of these spaces with traffic lanes and parking lanes; however, these spaces will be implemented in underutilized spaces that align safety recommendations outline in the Vision Zero Action Plan.


Operating Impacts


Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 10 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2022

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? N?A

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: N?A


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

Public Works is still assessing the costs of maintenance for public spaces. A pilot feasibility study was conducted in 2019. Public Works is having ongoing discussions regarding the appropriate level of maintenance for public spaces, particularly for winter operations including plowing.


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

Maintenance costs for public spaces will vary depending on the type of facility installed. Public Works has calculated estimates for annual maintenance of public spaces, although it is based on a very small sample of locations and does not include an extended history of seasonal weather events. As more public spaces projects are implemented Public Works will better understand maintenance costs and expects to build efficiencies into its operations.


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:

This is a program with multiple projects. Public Works anticipates beginning preliminary design and public involvement one to two years before each public space project is scheduled for implementation.

Project Coordination


Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Unspent balances will be rolled forward to fund the Public Spaces Program in future years. The size and the scope of work can be adjusted to use available funds.


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

This is a program with multiple projects. Public Works anticipates beginning preliminary design and public involvement one to two years before each public space project is scheduled for implementation.


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:

Projects are anticipated to be one year construction projects. Spreading the construction over two or more years decreases the cost effectiveness of the projects.

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:

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.



Public Health

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 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.


Environmental Justice:


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.



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:


Capital improvement projects such as this one complete a corridor and enhance the character of the area which helps preserve property values and the city’s tax base.




The Public Spaces program address four major strategies in the Transportation Action Plan ; ACTION 1.3: Convert street space for shared mobility services (either high occupancy motor vehicles or micromobility options) and other emerging technologies. These conversions should improve the quality of pedestrians or transit travel; ACITON 2.2: Create a Minneapolis Plaza Program to convert underused street space for pedestrians, greening and green infrastructure using guidance from the plaza standards in the Minneapolis Zoning Code; ACTION 3.1: Design intersections and transit stops to foster safe and predictable interactions between all users consistent with the updated Street Design Guide and Metro Transit’s bus stop design guidelines. Explore integrating creative ideas like parklets and plazas with bus stop designs. See Technology Action 3.1, and ACTION 5.2: Design intersections and transit stops to foster safe and predictable interactions between all users consistent with the updated Street Design Guide and Metro Transit’s bus stop design guidelines. Explore integrating creative ideas like parklets and plazas with bus stop designs. Finally, see the Freight section’s ACTION 1.3: Pilot a shared locker system that can accommodate multiple e-commerce deliveries and is available to the public; focus on incorporating as component of mobility hub project.