The projects below reflect those for which we were able to gather supporting materials and multimedia. There are hundreds of local government and state agency project requests. If you’d like to see a project highlighted below, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. 

Brookview Community Center

The Brookview Community Center is located in a nearly 100-year-old building owned and operated by the city of Golden Valley. This aging facility serves as a golf club, community and senior center, wedding venue, and so much more. City leaders say the center has deteriorated to the point that it needs to be completely replaced.

The city is requesting $5 million in bonding to help fund an $18 million project to build a new community center.

Century College

Century College is looking to create an Engineering and Applied Technology Center, but they need the state’s help to do so. College leaders are asking for $5.5 million to renovate more than 10 thousand square feet, which will offer flexible classroom and lab space for STEM and other related programs. Project leaders say the expansion aligns with state priorities by developing STEM space as well as helping them retain and attract students.

Chisago County Jail

The Chisago County Jail, built in 1978, is the seventh oldest jail in the state. It’s also experiencing significant overcrowding problems – so much so, that in the past 20 years the sheriff told us he had never had any open beds to rent to the state.

In addition to the overcrowding problem, comes the outdated and functionally obsolete jail cells. The jail was recently sanctioned by the Department of Corrections for inadequate programming, activity and living space. In order to combat these problems, the county has proposed building a new jail and county public safety services building in a different part of Center City. The county is requesting $12 million in bonding to help fund the project.

Champlin Mill Pond

The Champlin Mill Pond is undergoing significant renovations to replace the 1930s-era ‘significant hazard dam.’ Project leaders are requesting $3.3 million in bonding to move into phase two of the project. This next phase is the Mill Pond aquatic habitat restoration, which involves making enhancements to the area wetlands and restoring shallow and deep water habitats.

The project is part of the City of Champlin’s larger vision to restore the northern Gateway and allow area residents to reconnect with the river.

Wargo Nature Center

Established in 1933, the Wargo Nature Center welcomes 40,000 visitors a year, but facility leaders say it’s time for some upgrades. They are asking for more than $3 million to improve the site’s entrance, upgrade existing trails, and a renovation of the visitor’s center. Project leaders say these enhancements will allow them to improve the visitor experience and expand programming.

Normandale Community College

Normandale Community College is asking for $1.1 million for a renovation that would serve nearly 10,000 students. Project leaders pan on renovating six classrooms that would correct ADA compliance issues and reorganize student support services. The 51,000 square foot renovation aims to improve the experience for first-generation college students and increase retention. The renovation also has the added benefit of improving classrooms used by 35 departments and 10,000 students, as well as eliminating a more than $10 million deferred maintenance backlog.

Hanson Boulevard Rail Crossing

Anoka County is requesting $23 million in bonding to help build an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard train tracks intersection in Coon Rapids. This crossing sees between 57 and 81 trains pass through it each day. The Hanson Boulevard intersection can be backed up for up to half an hour at a time – causing significant delays and posing as a major safety concern for emergency vehicles.

The proposed overpass would make the crossing safer for all traffic and help emergency vehicles get to their destinations more quickly.

Fort Snelling

The Minnesota Historical Society is requesting $34 million in bonding to renovate one of its historic cavalry barracks into a new visitor’s center. The existing visitor’s center was built several decades ago and suffers from water damage. The current space also does not meet Fort Snelling’s needs to serve visiting school groups.

The goal of the new visitor’s center is to improve public service, interpretation, and operations at this nationally significant site in order to increase access, services, use of current assets, and visitors. Fort Snelling hopes to complete this project in time for its bicentennial celebration in the year 2020.

National Sports Center

Minnesota’s premier amateur sports facility is due for an upgrade according to facility leaders. The National Sports Center, located in Blaine, boasts over 4 million visitors a year and hosts a variety of global sports tournaments. However, to continue to expand, project leaders say they need $4.4 million to renovate, enhance, and construct a maintenance facility at the center. Plans call for field construction on 80 acres, which project proponents say will allow them to bid on national and international tournaments which they currently do not meet the requirements for.

Minnesota Zoo

One of Minnesota’s premiere tourist destinations is asking for the state’s help in expanding and upgrading its facility. The Minnesota Zoo is asking for $17.78 million to complete the Heart of the Zoo project. It includes the renovation of the snow monkey exhibit and construction of a new meerkat habitat. Project leaders say the completed project will transform the main entrance of the zoo and enrich the guest experience.

Mall of America Transit Station

Metro Transit is requesting $8.75 million in bonding to help renovate and redesign its Mall of American transit stop. According to Metro Transit, this crucial hub is the busiest single station in its system with millions of workers and shoppers using it every year.

The proposed renovations will address the efficiency of this station. Currently, Metro Transit buses enter into the station through a security entrance that is also used by contractors, Mall employees, and delivery trucks. The overhaul will provide a new entrance for bus use only, cutting down on these delays while also eliminating the need for buses to cross nearby light rail tracks. The total project cost is $25 million.

Brookview Community Center

The Brookview Community Center is located in a nearly 100-year-old building owned and operated by the city of Golden Valley. This aging facility serves as a golf club, community and senior center, wedding venue, and so much more. City leaders say the center has deteriorated to the point that it needs to be completely replaced.

The city is requesting $5 million in bonding to help fund an $18 million project to build a new community center.

Minnesota Zoo

One of Minnesota’s premiere tourist destinations is asking for the state’s help in expanding and upgrading its facility. The Minnesota Zoo is asking for $17.78 million to complete the Heart of the Zoo project. It includes the renovation of the snow monkey exhibit and construction of a new meerkat habitat. Project leaders say the completed project will transform the main entrance of the zoo and enrich the guest experience.

Fort Snelling

The Minnesota Historical Society is requesting $34 million in bonding to renovate one of its historic cavalry barracks into a new visitor’s center. The existing visitor’s center was built several decades ago and suffers from water damage. The current space also does not meet Fort Snelling’s needs to serve visiting school groups.

The goal of the new visitor’s center is to improve public service, interpretation, and operations at this nationally significant site in order to increase access, services, use of current assets, and visitors. Fort Snelling hopes to complete this project in time for its bicentennial celebration in the year 2020.

Hanson Boulevard Rail Crossing

Anoka County is requesting $23 million in bonding to help build an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard train tracks intersection in Coon Rapids. This crossing sees between 57 and 81 trains pass through it each day. The Hanson Boulevard intersection can be backed up for up to half an hour at a time – causing significant delays and posing as a major safety concern for emergency vehicles.

The proposed overpass would make the crossing safer for all traffic and help emergency vehicles get to their destinations more quickly.

Champlin Mill Pond

The Champlin Mill Pond is undergoing significant renovations to replace the 1930s-era ‘significant hazard dam.’ Project leaders are requesting $3.3 million in bonding to move into phase two of the project. This next phase is the Mill Pond aquatic habitat restoration, which involves making enhancements to the area wetlands and restoring shallow and deep water habitats.

The project is part of the City of Champlin’s larger vision to restore the northern Gateway and allow area residents to reconnect with the river.

Mall of America Transit Station

Metro Transit is requesting $8.75 million in bonding to help renovate and redesign its Mall of American transit stop. According to Metro Transit, this crucial hub is the busiest single station in its system with millions of workers and shoppers using it every year.

The proposed renovations will address the efficiency of this station. Currently, Metro Transit buses enter into the station through a security entrance that is also used by contractors, Mall employees, and delivery trucks. The overhaul will provide a new entrance for bus use only, cutting down on these delays while also eliminating the need for buses to cross nearby light rail tracks. The total project cost is $25 million.

Chisago County Jail

The Chisago County Jail, built in 1978, is the seventh oldest jail in the state. It’s also experiencing significant overcrowding problems – so much so, that in the past 20 years the sheriff told us he had never had any open beds to rent to the state.

In addition to the overcrowding problem, comes the outdated and functionally obsolete jail cells. The jail was recently sanctioned by the Department of Corrections for inadequate programming, activity and living space. In order to combat these problems, the county has proposed building a new jail and county public safety services building in a different part of Center City. The county is requesting $12 million in bonding to help fund the project.

Wargo Nature Center

Established in 1933, the Wargo Nature Center welcomes 40,000 visitors a year, but facility leaders say it’s time for some upgrades. They are asking for more than $3 million to improve the site’s entrance, upgrade existing trails, and a renovation of the visitor’s center. Project leaders say these enhancements will allow them to improve the visitor experience and expand programming.

Century College

Century College is looking to create an Engineering and Applied Technology Center, but they need the state’s help to do so. College leaders are asking for $5.5 million to renovate more than 10 thousand square feet, which will offer flexible classroom and lab space for STEM and other related programs. Project leaders say the expansion aligns with state priorities by developing STEM space as well as helping them retain and attract students.

Normandale Community College

Normandale Community College is asking for $1.1 million for a renovation that would serve nearly 10,000 students. Project leaders pan on renovating six classrooms that would correct ADA compliance issues and reorganize student support services. The 51,000 square foot renovation aims to improve the experience for first-generation college students and increase retention. The renovation also has the added benefit of improving classrooms used by 35 departments and 10,000 students, as well as eliminating a more than $10 million deferred maintenance backlog.

National Sports Center

Minnesota’s premier amateur sports facility is due for an upgrade according to facility leaders. The National Sports Center, located in Blaine, boasts over 4 million visitors a year and hosts a variety of global sports tournaments. However, to continue to expand, project leaders say they need $4.4 million to renovate, enhance, and construct a maintenance facility at the center. Plans call for field construction on 80 acres, which project proponents say will allow them to bid on national and international tournaments which they currently do not meet the requirements for.

 

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