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Hiawatha Campus Expansion Project

The Hiawatha Campus expansion will allow the City to relocate and consolidate the Public Works Water Distribution Maintenance and Meter Shop operation from three sites to a centrally located facility. The project will replace the existing Water Distribution facility, which is more than 100 years old as well as eliminate non-ADA compliant workspaces for staff.

Project Updates

Hiawatha Campus Open House

At a community meeting on September 24, 2018, City Staff presented a project overview and four options for the site.

September 24, 2018 Presentation

Phase 2 Options

Project History

1991: A Public Works Comprehensive Facility Master Plan was completed. This plan recommended that the City expand the Hiawatha Campus in the East Phillip's neighborhood to allow for better management of Public Works' Water Distribution Services operations.

Public Works Comprehensive Facility Master Plan

2001: The City Council authorized discussions with the Roof Depot for acquisition.

June 2010: Phase 1 of the Hiawatha Master Plan is completed with the remodel of the north end of the site. The project focused on good environmental practices and achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Hiawatha Campus - Before and After

June 19, 2015: The Council authorized City staff to negotiate with the owner of the Roof Depot site for the acquisition of property to allow for the campus expansion.

February 22, 2016: The City Council voted to approve acquisition of the properties. The Council also directed staff to redevelop the site following the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level of quality.

June 2016: The City of Minneapolis acquired the property formerly known as Roof Depot, which was paid for with $6.8 million from the water enterprise fund.

2017-2018: Project design, community meetings and engagement, and staff recommendations are developed.

Why an Expansion is Needed

The main objective of the Hiawatha Campus Expansion project is to relocate water distribution employees and operations to one central site. The current Water Distribution facility is more than 100 years old and must be replaced. Additionally, the facilities are not ADA compliant and do not meet the current needs of the staff.

The three facilities that would be consolidated at this site (East Side Water Yard, the Meter Shop, and Surface Water & Sewers) will be better able to respond to every day essential city services.

Benefits of an Expansion

Opportunities that come with an expanded campus include:

  • Improving the City’s responsiveness and delivery of every day essential services including sharing of resources and a central location, which will result in lower operating costs and faster response times.
  • Job creation for the neighborhood
  • Integration of green site development and construction practices that can serve as a catalyst for Green Zone development including solar energy, storm water retention, and a LEED building.
  • Replacement of an outdated facility with a new green buffer between operations and the neighborhood. The neighborhood has been asked to help design the buffer so it can best integrate with surroundings.
  • Mitigation and management of the effects of site development in a responsible manner. The Public Works Department is and will continue to be a responsible neighbor in the community.

City Community Meetings

Presentation from Nov. 30, 2017 Community Meeting

(PDF of slideshow)

Presentation from April 13, 2017 Community Meeting

(PDF of slideshow)

Recap of Feb. 11, 2017 Community Meeting

Notes from the community meeting at East Phillips Recreation Center

Public Works divisions planned for expanded Hiawatha Campus

(Overview of operations)

Site Development Guidelines Advisory Committee (GAC)

The Site Development Guidelines Advisory Committee (GAC) is an advisory body to the City of Minneapolis that provides input and recommendations throughout the study process for the City’s Hiawatha Campus Expansion project.

GAC Community Feedback and City Response

July 19, 2017 GAC meeting presentation

June 28, 2017 Property Services/CPED presentation

June 28, 2017 GAC meeting minutes

June 7, 2017 GAC meeting minutes

(Overview of GAC's community engagement and framework role)

Roof Depot property site studies

Project contacts

Project Manager Bob Friddle: 612-673-3387; [email protected]

Senior Community Specialist Christina Kendrick: 612-673-3952; [email protected]

Last updated Sep 25, 2018

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