A new Fire Station 1 in downtown Minneapolis is on the horizon

Updated: August 23, 2019 10:27 PM

Downtown Minneapolis is growing. And with that growth city officials say a new Fire Station 1 is needed. Developer Sherman and Associates have constructed a deal to build a new fire station.

Bob Friddle is with the City of Minneapolis.


"The second floor doesn't take up the entire footprint and so we have room on the roof for a small patio for the fireman to be able to cook food out adjacent to their dayroom and kitchen," Friddle said.

The current building opened in 1909. The new space would have three taller bays for trucks with extended ladders because of taller buildings in the area. There will be private sleeping rooms and it'll be ADA accessible and gender-neutral facilities.

"Once that's built, they can knock down the old Fire Station 1 and replace that with affordable housing," Ward 3 Councilman Steve Fletcher said.

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Plus the building will have market-rate apartments as well. Fletcher says the deal is a win for the city.

"We're using tax increment financing, which basically means that we're taking the new property tax revenue that will come from the market-rate tower to finance the affordable housing," he said.

In total there will be 90 affordable housing units.

Fletcher said the developer is supposed to break ground next year and they're supposed to be done by May 2021.

"The fire department had budgeted some money for a new station but not for anything nearly as nice as what they're getting. So we're getting some real bonus out of this," he said.

The land cost the developer nearly $700,000. The total cost to building the new fire station will run up to about $12 million.

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