Mayor Frey’s Safety Center vision advanced by City Council

November 2, 2023

Minneapolis will move forward with plans to build out Third Precinct and Safety Center at 2633 Minnehaha Avenue

Today, the City Council approved moving forward with plans to build out a Third Precinct and Safety Center at 2633 Minnehaha Avenue, the site Mayor Jacob Frey and City leaders identified as an additional option late last week. The site at 2633 Minnehaha Avenue is the cheapest to purchase and quickest to occupy compared to any other site that has been on the table.

Mayor Frey will also sign a resolution passed by City Council today formalizing their support for the Safety Center proposal. The full text of the resolution is below.

“Today has been a long time in the making,” said Mayor Frey. “It’s time to move forward with our vision for comprehensive safety services – a vision we all agree on. Now that we have a site approved, we will begin work immediately on the safety center. I’m grateful to the hardworking staff who have stayed disciplined and pushed this concept forward, specifically interim Chief Operations Officer Heather Johnston, interim deputy Chief Operations Officer Lee Sheehy, Director of Finance and Property Services Barbara O’Brien, and Community Safety Commissioner Todd Barnette.”

Cheaper, faster site

This site at 2633 Minnehaha Avenue is not new to the City of Minneapolis. This parcel was under consideration three years ago in 2020. The deal fell through due to opposition from the previous Council and threats made against the owner and his family.

The building at 2633 Minnehaha is estimated to cost $10 million to purchase, plus an additional $4 million to build out – totaling $14 million. Aligned with the City’s previous estimates for all site options, there would be an additional future cost to fit the needs of a safety center at any site.

A site at 2633 Minnehaha is also estimated to take only 9 months for a build-out, allowing the City to move in within a year of site control. This is the quickest timeline of any location option presented to date.

More information on 2633 Minnehaha is included in the memo on the City website.

Full text of the City Council resolution

Whereas, the Mayor, the City Council, and City Staff have shared interest in advancing the work of developing and providing a broad range of community safety strategies; and

Whereas, the Mayor, the City Council, and City Staff are fully committed to building out a spectrum of community safety services that meet the unique needs of residents across the city; and

Whereas, the Mayor, the City Council, and City Staff agree that the development of a Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct is paramount in advancing community safety work; and

Whereas, the Mayor, the City Council, and City Staff have shared interest in proceeding with the most consensus-oriented, cost effective, time effective option for the development of a Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct; and

Whereas, the Mayor, the City Council, and City Staff have shared interest in proceeding in a manner that is consensus-oriented, transparent, accountable, efficient, effective, equitable, and inclusive; and

Whereas, the Mayor, the City Council, and City Staff have shared interest in expressing their commitments regarding a Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct in a manner which is formal, clear, concise, and available to the public;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by The City Council of The City of Minneapolis:

That the City expresses our commitment:

  1. To the development of a Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct at 2633 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, which will include both Community Safety functions, and 3rd Precinct functions, and;
  2. That this Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct will serve as a reflection of the City’s Community Safety mission, vision, and values, and as a reflection of the City’s robust, comprehensive Community Safety ecosystem, and;
  3. To inform and involve the community in further development of the Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct’s mission, vision, values, and design, and;
  4. To ensure that the development of both the Community Safety Center facility components, and the 3rd Precinct facility components are completed in a cost effective, time effective manner, and;
  5. To host the ceremonial Grand Opening of the Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct when the Community Safety Center/3rd Precinct is complete in its entirety, which includes the development of both the Community Safety Center facility components, and 3rd Precinct facility components.

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