A survey is now online for people to share their thoughts on a new location for Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building. Information gathered from the survey and the upcoming public community discussions will help City leaders decide which of the two places under consideration to select.
The survey is available online now through April 30 to get feedback from people who live in, work in, or visit the 3rd Precinct area. To take the survey, visit: minneapolismn.gov/3rd-precinct-building.
The 3rd Precinct is a police enforcement area in south Minneapolis that’s east of Interstate 35W and south of Interstate 94. During the community uprising following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, the 3rd Precinct building at 3000 Minnehaha Ave. was significantly damaged. Since then, officers patrolling the precinct have operated out of a downtown building, which is outside of the precinct’s geographic boundaries.
Right now, people within the 3rd Precinct area do not have the same access to public safety services as people in other areas of Minneapolis. Police precincts offer 24-hour walk-in assistance to anyone who needs help, and they can also provide space for a variety of community needs. To restore that level of service to people who live in, work in and visit the 3rd Precinct area, the City is beginning the process to bring a functioning precinct building back to south Minneapolis.
The two sites under consideration are the former precinct facility at 3000 Minnehaha Ave. and a vacant City-owned lot at 2600 Minnehaha Ave. These were chosen after a survey of several potential sites, which was conducted from July 2020 through December 2022. This survey considered each site’s advantages as well as potential obstacles to access and construction.
3rd Precinct community conversations
- Business owner session: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave.
- General public session: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.
- General public session: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 15, at Roosevelt High School, 4029 28th Ave. S.
- General public session: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Keewaydin Recreation Center, 3030 53rd St. E.
- General public session: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 38th St. E.
Snacks and beverages will be available at the sessions, with meal vouchers for the first 100 people at the Midtown Global Market session.
The City is working with DeYoung Consulting and Longfellow Community Council to reach communities within the 3rd Precinct and near the building at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue. The goal is to collect feedback from community members to help inform decisions on where to have the 3rd Precinct building.