City of Minneapolis Has Plans to Upgrade Impound Lot

March 06, 2018 06:36 PM

The city of Minneapolis says its impound facility is inadequate, has extended beyond its useful life and needs to be replaced.

So officials have designed a facility to better meet the needs of staff and reluctant customers.


According to the design for the new $7 to $9 million project, the entrances and exits for both tow trucks and people picking up their cars would face Van White Memorial Boulevard. Currently, the entrance to the lot is off Colfax Avenue.

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Jon Wertjes is director of traffic and parking services. He says a new building is also in the cards. Drainage has been designed to retain and properly filter all storm water before channeling it to nearby Bassett Creek.

"We'll also be upgrading the security systems and the fencing system around the yard," he said.

Wertjes says eight acres west of Van White Memorial Blvd will go up for sale. He acknowledges the plan will take away parking spaces.

"We can bring cars under (Interstate) 394 like we did this last snow emergency, and we've got adjacent property to that," he said.

Steve Wiley has lived in the same house in the Harrison Neighborhood for 25 years. He has concerns about the new development.

"The development would be fine so long as it's in keeping with the tone and appearance of the neighborhood," he said.

Wertjes says officials are hoping to get approval this spring and put out a request for bids by the mid-summer. He says work could start either this fall or in early 2019. 


Todd Wilson

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