MBC13 4th St Reconstruction - Sidewalk Enhancements

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 2021

Ongoing Program: Y/N

Submitting Department: MBC

Contact Person: Royce Wiens

Level of Need: Important

Estimated Project Completion Date: 2021

Department Priority: 5

Contact Phone Number: (612) 596-9522


Project Location:

Address: 350 South Fifth Street

City Sector: Downtown

Affected Neighborhoods: Downtown West

Affected Wards: 7

Minneapolis City Hall/Hennepin County Courthouse

Project Description:

This project will update the look, increase pedestrian safety, and better accommodate the bikeway along the 4th street side of the City Hall / Courthouse. The MBC project will be done at the same time as a much larger project by the City of Minneapolis to replace the entire 4th Street Corridor starting at 2nd Avenue North to 4th Avenue South.

The City Hall/Courthouse Municipal Building is on the National Register of Historic places and it is an iconic historic landmark for Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Minnesota.

This project requests the following enhancements:

- New bollards in front of the 4th Street Entry doors

- New granite benches behind the city planned planting beds (4 total)

- Security cameras to be mounted on the new City street lights (2 cameras total)

Purpose and Justification:

Very little work or upgrades have been done to the streetscape. This is a cost efficient opportunity to do the work while the street and sidewalk are already under construction.

By adding the bollards, benches and cameras, building and pedestrian security will be improved and safer along 4th Street. This project will be done in correlation with a much larger project by the City of Minneapolis to replace the entire 4th Street Corridor starting at 2nd Avenue North down to

4th Ave South. The timing presents a great opportunity to do the work while the street and sidewalk are already under construction.

4th Street Reconstruction - Proposed City Hall/Courthouse Enhancements

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


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:

The project is coordinated with the Hennepin County Capital Funding program. By agreement, both City and County Capital Programs must fund the project on a dollar for dollar basis for the project to proceed.

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

The project is coordinated with Hennepin County Capital Program. This project receives a dollar for dollar match with Hennepin County Capital Funding.


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.

The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth - references

Public Services and Facilities: Through sound management and strategic investments, Minneapolis will maintain and develop public services and facilities that promote health, safety and an enhanced quality of life for all members of this growing community.

Policy 5.1: Coordinate facility planning among city departments and public institutions.

5.1.1 Encourage communication and coordination among city departments, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Minneapolis Public Schools to share use of facilities.

5.1.2 Explore opportunities for co-location of public services where appropriate.

5.1.4 Develop cooperative programming that takes advantage of the resources and missions of various public institutions. 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.

5.4.4 Encourage the creation of special service districts downtown and in other business districts in order to enhance streetscapes, provide security services, and maintain the public realm.

Environment: Minneapolis will promote sustainable design practices in the preservation, development, and maintenance of its natural and built environments, provide equal access to all of the city’s resources and natural amenities, and support the local and regional economy without compromising the needs of future generations.

Policy 6.1: Integrate environmental, social and economic goals into decision-making processes at all levels.

6.1.1 Increase usage of renewable energy systems consistent with adopted city policy.

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.

6.3.1 Encourage developments to implement sustainable design practices during programming and design, deconstruction and construction, and operations and maintenance.

6.3.5 Support the development of sustainable site and building standards on a citywide basis.

6.3.9 Develop regulations to further reduce the heat island effect in the city by increasing green urban spaces for parks and open spaces, including shading of parking lots, sidewalks and other impervious surfaces, promoting installation and maintenance of green roofs and utilization of highly reflective roofing and paving materials.

6.3.10 Promote climate sensitive site and building design practices.

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: N/A

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No impact on existing tax base.

Describe the economic development impact of the project: Not Applicable

Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible? Not Applicable


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 contributes to the safety of the 4th Street Bikeway.

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

Not Applicable

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 4th Street corridor will be torn up during the City project and MBC work will occur at the same time.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New

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

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? 2020

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

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: None

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

There will be a small additional cost related to irrigating the new 4th Street planting beds which will be covered under the MBC operating budget.

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

Not Applicable

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:

Not Applicable

Project Coordination

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

Not Applicable

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

This project will start and be completed in 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:

The project is planned to occur in one construction season, 2021.

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:


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

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.

Public Services

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

Environmental Justice:

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

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.

Public Health:

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

Arts and Culture:

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

This project would provide a cultural and historic enhancement to the City Hall/Courthouse which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional Information

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