One of Minnesota's most popular attractions is looking to expand and improve their facility to meet demand. Project organizers say when Como Park zoo and Conservatory opened over 100 years ago, the infrastructure was not built to handle its 4.4 million visitors each year. They are asking the state for a little over $13 million to improve several exhibits, make improvements to parking lots as well as restructuring several roads to alleviate congestion.
Ramsey County is requesting approximately $35 million in state bond funding to provide for pre-design, design, and construction of improvements to the following MnDOT and Ramsey County-owned rights of way.
The city of Minneapolis is looking for $1.5 million to assist in the design and construction of a system of groundwater wells and pipelines. Currently the Mississippi river is the only source of water for the Minneapolis service area. The wells would provide a backup in case of a water supply issue with the Mississippi river.
A historic Minneapolis landmark is in need of a fence, and project leaders are asking the state to help them construct it. The Pioneer and Soldier Cemetery which was established in 1853 is the oldest surviving cemetery in Minneapolis. They are asking for 2,300,000 to restore historic steel and limestone pillar fence, install a new fence, and install a waterproofing system.
Hennepin County is requesting $18 million in state funding for environmental analysis and project development (including predesign) activities.
Ramsey County Department of Public Works is requesting $5,000,000 to complete a design study, update the Environmental Assessment, and complete the final design of the I-694/Rice Street interchange.
This request is for $2 million in state bond funding for predesign, design, and construction of a new trail bridge located in Hastings and Washington County.
A new HVAC system, security upgrades, masonry repair and loading dock renovations are all on the list at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. They are asking for more than $3.5 million dollars to make significant improvements to their infrastructure that will increase student and staff comfort and security. More than 14,000 students attend MCTC.
The Minnesota Historical Society is looking for nearly $10 million dollars for the construction of a new visitor's center at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm. Project proponents say the building will offer educations about Minnesota's farming, agriculture, and food ways that impact the economy.
The City of Maplewood is seeking state bonds of $750,000 to complete renovation of the Harriet Tubman Center East Building. The building is a former monastery of architectural significance, and it currently houses the Tubman program. Extensive work has been done on the facility in the last several years, with only the completion and furnishing of the shelter floors remaining. Project advocates say the final phase of improvements will enhance the delivery of a full complement of services focused on addressing domestic violence. Actual amount: $720,000
The Minnesota Zoo has identified a significant backlog of repair and replacement projects to State-owned buildings and grounds that will require approximately $54 million to adequately address. Actual amount: $12,000,000
The Minnesota Children's Museum is looking for $14 million to help renovate and upgrade their downtown Saint Paul Facility. Nearly a half a million kids and adults visit the museum. State money would go towards remodeling with a goal of reducing crowding, the expansion of several exhibits and the relocation of office space.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is requesting $8.5 million for the renovations of the the 11 acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Cowles Conservancy.
The City of Anoka, along with a coalition of nearby County Conservation Districts, is requesting $5 million in bonding to improve the Rum River Dam as a redundant barrier to invasive big head and silver carp.
The Minnesota Historical Society is requesting $500,000 for pre-design for facilities to support visitor services and history programs at Historic Fort Snelling. The goal of the project is to improve public service, interpretation and operations at this National Historic Landmark in order to increase access, services and use of current assets.
The City is requesting $4,000,000 in state bonding to acquire land and easements, design, construct and equip a new booster station and watermain lines along Inwood Avenue. Actual Amount: $1,110,000
A more than $14 million health and science center addition at Saint Paul College will help them meet demand for STEM and Health Courses according to campus leadership. The project would include the renovation of nearly 2000 square feet, the construction of more than 40,000 square feet that would create 14 new classrooms and labs. Previously the legislature approved monies to design the building. Actual Amount: $1,500,000
The City of Champlin is requesting $3.27 million in bonding funds to reconstruct the Elm Creek Dam at the Mill Pond; make flood mitigation improvements; and improve accessibility in the area near the dam outfall.
The University of Minnesota is asking the state for nearly $100 million to renovate and construct several facilities on the Twin Cities Campus. First on the list is the Tate Science Building whose labs are in need of a modern renovation. A New Microbial Science Building is also a priority. This new building would house 30 to 35 research teams studying a wide variety of non-medical life sciences.
The Board of the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota is requesting $51.5 million to complete the design of and to construct, furnish, and equip a new James Ford Bell Natural History Museum and Planetarium on the St. Paul campus. The appropriation is intended to cover the entire project cost.
A bio-science incubator located in St. Paul, UEL houses start-ups in the field of science and technology. These start-ups cannot afford the costly equipment and wet-lab space that is required for them to operate. UEL offers them the space to work at a fraction of what they would have to pay if they were on their own.
This request is for $1 million in state bond funding for engineering, environmental analysis and preparation of an application to seek federal transit administration funds for the Red Rock Corridor transitway.
Nicollet Mall is the state’s largest main street, home to three Fortune 500 companies, hundreds of small businesses, and more than 140,000 workers. It’s the first impression many visitors get of the city, region and state when they fly into the metro area and catch the light-rail downtown. Actual amount: $21,500,000
This request is for $5,000,000 in state bond funding for engineering, environmental analysis and preparation of an application to seek federal transit administration funds for the Gateway Corridor transitway.
Metropolitan State University leaders say they are in a dire need for a science facility but the need state dollars to help. Currently Metro State is the only state university without a science building. Project advocates say the new building will help them expand their four year degree offerings as well as meet space demands due to increasing enrollment. The building would feature multiple labs, classrooms and academic support space. They are asking for $35.9 million.
A downtown Saint Paul Theater is looking to breathe new life into the area but they need the state's help. The Palace Theater hosted events from vaudeville acts to more recently musicals but has fallen into disuse over the last 30 years. Now the city of Saint Paul wants to renovate the theater and turn it in to a world class concert venue. Total request is $6 million. Actual amount: $5,000,000
The City of Richfield is seeking $12.5 million in state bonding funds to construct a new 77th Street underpass. This underpass is needed to complete the final piece of the 77th Street Corridor to connect the Mall of America and MSP Airport.
The City of St. Paul is requesting $18,000,000 in State bond funding to acquire land, predesign, design, construct, furnish and equip a new shelter and daytime service center facility located in Saint Paul, Ramsey County but serving people from throughout the state. Actual amount: $6,000,000
The Amateur Sports Commission is asking $3.95 million to develop 20 tournament soccer fields at the national sports center in Blaine. The project includes design, soil correction, grading, seeding, irrigation system, access roads, and parking lots. The commission is also looking for $475,000 for asset preservation. Actual Amount: $3,200,000
The City of Plymouth is seeking $2.1 million for renovation of the Plymouth Ice Center to make mandated updates, as well as energy efficiency improvements.
St. David’s Center currently serves 2,200 children and families each year and project representatives say that improved and expanded facilities will allow them to double their capacity to meet community need within four years following completion.