Metro Transit Heywood II Bus Garage - North Loop

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Metro Transit Heywood II Bus Garage - North Loop

Postby Cinzano71 » May 19th, 2020, 11:03 am

Does anyone know what is going with this parcel of land? The land has been cleared and it appears that pile driving has started. Thank you

501–599 Napco Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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Re: Unknown Development North Loop

Postby MNdible » May 19th, 2020, 11:27 am

I'm guessing this is the Metro Transit bus barn expansion?

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Re: Unknown Development North Loop

Postby Cat349F » May 19th, 2020, 5:55 pm

I hope you are distanced/shielded from that, we have to drive 3,051 piling there.

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Re: Unknown Development North Loop

Postby Anondson » May 19th, 2020, 6:40 pm

Cat349F wrote:I hope you are distanced/shielded from that, we have to drive 3,051 piling there.

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Re: Unknown Development North Loop

Postby Cat349F » May 19th, 2020, 6:47 pm

MNdible wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 11:27 am
I'm guessing this is the Metro Transit bus barn expansion?

It is. Internally, we call it the Minneapolis Bus Garage.

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Re: Unknown Development North Loop

Postby COLSLAW5 » May 20th, 2020, 9:30 am

externally it is also the Minneapolis Bus Garage even though the joint venture created to build it is called Heywood Bus Garage constructors.

here is a link to a presentation about it
https://metrocouncil.org/Council-Meetin ... arage.aspx

It will is being built with more electric bus infrastructure and with plans for a future 2 Mwh solar system with storage

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Re: Unknown Development North Loop

Postby SurlyLHT » May 20th, 2020, 10:10 am

It will be great to see this space filled, hopefully transit lines and use increases as our population ages making this all the more needed. I also hope Metro Transit keeps building connections to the Northside to provide jobs. These middle class jobs are valuable to help prevent gentrification of the Northside.

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Re: Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop

Postby twincitizen » May 20th, 2020, 4:00 pm

This project is known at Metro Transit as "Heywood II". This has been in the works for a long time, and Metro Transit has been assembling the land back there for 15 years, according to that presentation linked above.

The only downside to this project, if there is one, is that it isn't being built to the capacity where it could actually replace the current Heywood bus garage and allow that land to be redeveloped someday (the office building and new police HQ would remain, of course). For this to have replaced the current Heywood garage, it would have needed multiple levels of bus parking, which obviously would have cost a whole lot more, and that just wasn't going to happen. We're extremely lucky this got funded as-is. Major kudos for Governor Dayton and the DFL minorities in the legislature (at the time) for somehow getting $50MM for this in the 2018 bonding bill. Not sure how the GOP let that one slip through in the final bill. Metro Transit sorely needs the capacity, especially with more aBRT routes being planned. And it has to be located near where a lot of routes are operated (downtown), to minimize the amount of service time (operator hours) spent on "dead-heading" (driving an empty bus) to the end of a route.

I assume Metro Transit will be keeping the public updated on the progress here: https://www.metrotransit.org/campus-construction

Other major bus garages in the region are in Brooklyn Center just north of 694, St. Paul near 35E/94, and at MSP airport (NE corner of 494/77). There's also a smaller/older garage at Nicollet & 31st, which isn't able to handle articulated buses. Nicollet Garage is one I'd like to see get relocated/redeveloped someday, or perhaps the garage aspect of it built underground with other stuff above. There's definitely an opportunity for better land use in that immediate area with Metro Transit, MPD, and USPS all operating large tax-exempt government facilities with blocks of each other. At minimum, it would be nice to see some better coordination between those agencies (e.g. shared parking facility, etc.)

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Re: Metro Transit Heywood II Bus Garage - North Loop

Postby MNdible » May 21st, 2020, 11:34 am

Minor point, maybe, but I believe this lot was being used for snow storage by the city (all of the snow that was removed from downtown and surrounding areas). So they'll need to find a replacement location for this function.

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Re: Minneapolis Bus Garage - North Loop

Postby HKM » May 21st, 2020, 1:14 pm

twincitizen wrote:
May 20th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Nicollet Garage is one I'd like to see get relocated/redeveloped someday, or perhaps the garage aspect of it built underground with other stuff above. There's definitely an opportunity for better land use in that immediate area with Metro Transit, MPD, and USPS all operating large tax-exempt government facilities with blocks of each other. At minimum, it would be nice to see some better coordination between those agencies (e.g. shared parking facility, etc.)
I know this isn't the thread for it but glad to know I'm not the only one who is annoyed with the unrealized potential with the Nicollet Garage and surrounding area. In addition to the tax-exempt facilities you mentioned, I would also throw in the strip mall on the SE corner of Lake & Nicollet, the retail on the southside of Lake between 1st and Stevens, and the Wells Fargo branch (who just redeveloped a branch to be part of a new building at 8th & Portland) on the NW corner of 31st & Nicollet, and obviously the Kmart site forming an incredibly large scale redevelopment opportunity with the B Line & Orange Line intersecting (and nearby Greenway) and especially with the Orange Line giving the area a very quick connection with downtown.


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