It’s been 45 years since the Minnetonka Central Fire Station was built, and 30 years since the Minnetonka Police Station was constructed. In the decades since, both departments have evolved to address the city’s safety and security needs.
That evolution continues with a plan to construct a new fire station on the city campus and to repurpose the existing police and fire facility into a remodeled police station.
The city council approved the design for the new facility in January 2019.
Construction is expected to begin in March 2020 and last up to two years.
Visit the Police and Fire Facilities planning project page for details about the planning and approval process.
Why improvements are needed
- The fire department has more than doubled, from 40 members in 1975 to 87 members today.
- The police force has grown by 20 percent since 1989 and female employment is up 25 percent.
- Annual police service calls have risen from 25,000 in 1989 to 42,000 in 2016.
- Annual fire service calls have risen from 200 in 1975 to more than 3,000 in 2016.
- A decontamination area is needed to reduce firefighter exposure to cancer-causing agents.
- Improved garage layouts and better-designed facilities will result in more efficiency.
- Both police and fire lack adequate garage and storage space for emergency vehicles, evidence and equipment.
- 2016-17: Concept development
- 2018-19: Project approval and construction contract bidding
- 2020-21: Project construction
The concept plan was submitted for review in July 2018. Residents were invited to attend the following meetings and provide comment.
- Monday, July 16, 2018: Concept renderings were presented at a community meeting.
- Planning Commission - Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018: The planning commission reviewed the concept plan and provided feedback. View the discussion.
- City Council - Monday, Aug. 27, 2018: The city council reviewed the concept plan and provided feedback. View the discussion.
The feedback gathered at these meetings was used to revise the concept before it was submitted as a formal application.
The formal application was submitted Oct. 1, 2018. View project renderings. Public hearings were held in January 2019.
- Monday, Oct. 1: Staff and project architects submitted a formal plan and land-use application.
- Planning Commission - Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019: The planning commission reviewed the application and recommended approval. View the discussion.
- City Council - Monday, Jan. 28, 2019: The city council reviewed and approved the application. View the discussion.
Visit the Police and Fire Facilities planning project page for more details.
- April 2019 – City solicited initial bids
- May 2019 – Council rejected initial bids due to cost
- Summer 2019 – City hired construction management consultant to advise bid process and assist with cost-saving revisions
- September 2019 – Council approved budget increase to $30 million
- October 2019 – City re-opened bid process with revised budget and plans
- December 2019 – Council reviewed bids, awarded contract to Krause Anderson.
The project was initially approved and bid with a $25 million budget. The city council approved an increase to $30 million in September 2019 after initial bids came in higher than expected due to significant increases in construction costs.
To fund the upgrades, the city plans to sell general obligation capital improvement bonds to cover $25 million, which would result in a less-than-one-percent levy increase, starting in 2020 and sustained for 30 years. The additional $5 million will be funded by a state sales tax exemption and general, utility and cable TV funds, which will not require a levy increase.
- June 2017: City explores updating police and fire facilities
- August 2017: Police and Fire 2020 Facility Project Update
- July 2018: Stay tuned for a chance to review police and fire facility concept
- August 2018: Council, planning commission to review police and fire facility concept plan
- November 2018: Formal review of police and fire facility set for November
- March 2019: Council approves design for police and fire facilities