Police and Fire Facility Project

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.


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More information

Approximate timeline
Project approval process
Construction bid process
Financial impacts

Stay informed

Contact Will Manchester at 952-988-8403 to learn more or ask questions.