City seeking feedback on updated plan for Hiawatha Campus Expansion Project designating 3 acres to EPNI for community use

June 16, 2022

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public comment on an updated proposal for the Hiawatha Campus Expansion Project in south Minneapolis – a collaborative plan that will consolidate City water distribution operations at one central site, create a job training facility, and designate 35% of the site for community use and development.

The proposal comes after months of collaborative work between the City of Minneapolis and the community. Mayor Jacob Frey, City Council Members Jason Chavez and Emily Koski, along with Public Works Director Margaret Anderson Kelliher, have engaged with the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) and the broader community.

If the final proposal is approved by the City Council, the City would take care of environmental remediation of the entire site and EPNI would receive two years of exclusive development rights for 3 acres of the total site. The City is committed to lobbying support from other government agencies to ensure the success of the community site and centering environmental sustainability in the planning of this project.  

The Hiawatha Campus Expansion Project will support the City’s ability to provide essential services to its residents and businesses. The expansion consists of the relocation and consolidation of the Public Works Water Distribution Maintenance and Meter Shop operation from three sites to a centrally located facility next to the existing Hiawatha Maintenance Facility located at 1901 E. 26th St.

The job training facility provides opportunities for collaboration with community and labor organizations to provide pathways to high quality jobs with the City and partner organizations. The opportunities will include prioritization of applications from residents within a 2-mile radius of the location. Other final details are currently being negotiated with EPNI.

Read more about the proposed site plans.

How to comment

Next steps

  • City Council Member Jason Chavez (Ward 9) will host a community meeting on the proposal 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 at the Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave. S.
  • The City Council is scheduled to vote June 30 on the updated proposal.

Learn more about the Hiawatha Campus Expansion Project.

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