Subscribe to receive Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board news and events by email      Follow Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Facebook   Contact Us
Register for Minneapolis Parks programs and activities
    
Spacer B1
Scherer Bros Site
  
Current Projects
Archived Projects
Meeting Dates
Funding
Community Engagement
Planning Process
Design & Planning Links
Construction Permit
Projects Open for Bidding
Spacer B2
Scherer Bros Site
Home  < Design & Planning  < Current Projects  
  

Scherer Bros Site – New Park and Restored Hall’s Island

Location: On the east side of the river just north of Boom Island Park

 

Contact
Jon Duesman, Construction Project Manager
612-230-6471
jduesman@minneapolisparks.org

Project Description
Plans are in place to develop riverfront property purchased by the MPRB in 2010, formerly owned by Scherer Brother’s Lumber Company, into parkland. In order to prepare the site for future development some site remediation work is expected.  The new park and recreated Hall’s Island would provide access to the river for paddlers and other users within a context of habitat and restored ecological function for this site. The vision includes a habitat-rich island of nearly 4.4 acres, a pebble beach, boat rental and storage for paddlers, a park-supportive cafe pavilion, and terraced gathering spaces to be programmed throughout the seasons. This project is part of the RiverFirst Initiative which envisions creating visionary parks on the Mississippi Riverfront.

What's New

The MPRB will be required to obtain several agency permits in order to construct Hall’s Island. Prior to this permit review several important studies must be conducted in order to assist in these submittals.

A soil analysis investigation of the entire site is currently underway. Soil samples are being taken and will be analyzed to identify any potential soil contaminants.

Back to Top

Timeline

Project Milestones

  • Early 2015
    • Permit applications will be filed with the U. S. Army Corps (USACE), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). It is expected that the permit review process will take several months before authorization can be granted to proceed towards development of the site and construction of the island.

Project History

September 2011

  • Demolition of existing buildings began September 26, 2011
  • Asbestos and other hazardous material were removed in the two weeks previous to demolition. Timbers and other salvageable materials have also been removed. All utilities have been disconnected.
  • Demolition is expected to be complete by the end of October 2011. The site is secured and off-limits to the public (though the view from the Plymouth Avenue Bridge is pretty much unimpeded).
  • The second phase of the project – soil remediation – is expected to be underway in early November and complete by the end of the year.

August 3, 2011

  • Board Action – Scherer Bros Site Cleanup Project Overview and Public Comment

July 22, 2011

July 2011

  • Information on the proposed environmental cleanup plan will be presented to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) during its regular board meeting on August 3
  • MPRB plans to demolish buildings and conduct a cleanup of soils contaminated by hazardous substances on the site
  • The Minneapolis Riverfront Design Initiative, currently working with community groups to develop plans for the riverfront, envisions the Scherer Brothers property as an “important recreational entry point to the trail and park system for kayaks, bikes, skiers, and runners” and a “significant urban hub”
  • The property is enrolled in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA’s) Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup Program. The MPCA is providing technical review and oversight of the cleanup and has reviewed and approved the proposed response action plan for the cleanup. Cleanup activities are proposed to begin this fall
  • In connection with this project, Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services anticipates providing a sub-grant of up to $1.0 million from its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF). The BCRLF Program is funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as authorized by Section 104(d)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. 

May 21, 2010

May 19, 2010

  • Board Action – Approval of Scherer Brothers property acquisition finance plan

December 30, 2009

December 16, 2009

  • Board Action – Authorization to enter into purchase agreement for acquisition of Scherer Brothers property
  • The MPRB will be required to obtain several agency permits in order to construct Hall’s Island. Prior to this permit review several important studies must be conducted in order to assist in these submittals
  • A soil analysis investigation of the entire site is currently underway. Soil samples are being taken and will be analyzed to identify any potential soil contaminants

September 2011

  • Demolition of existing buildings began September 26, 2011
  • Asbestos and other hazardous material were removed in the two weeks previous to demolition. Timbers and other salvageable materials have also been removed. All utilities have been disconnected.
  • Demolition is expected to be complete by the end of October 2011. The site is secured and off-limits to the public (though the view from the Plymouth Avenue Bridge is pretty much unimpeded).
  • The second phase of the project – soil remediation – is expected to be underway in early November and complete by the end of the year.

August 3, 2011

  • Board Action – Scherer Bros Site Cleanup Project Overview and Public Comment

July 22, 2011

July 2011

  • Information on the proposed environmental cleanup plan will be presented to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) during its regular board meeting on August 3
  • MPRB plans to demolish buildings and conduct a cleanup of soils contaminated by hazardous substances on the site
  • The Minneapolis Riverfront Design Initiative, currently working with community groups to develop plans for the riverfront, envisions the Scherer Brothers property as an “important recreational entry point to the trail and park system for kayaks, bikes, skiers, and runners” and a “significant urban hub”
  • The property is enrolled in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA’s) Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup Program. The MPCA is providing technical review and oversight of the cleanup and has reviewed and approved the proposed response action plan for the cleanup. Cleanup activities are proposed to begin this fall
  • In connection with this project, Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services anticipates providing a sub-grant of up to $1.0 million from its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (BCRLF). The BCRLF Program is funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as authorized by Section 104(d)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. 

May 21, 2010

May 19, 2010

  • Board Action – Approval of Scherer Brothers property acquisition finance plan

December 30, 2009

December 16, 2009

  • Board Action – Authorization to enter into purchase agreement for acquisition of Scherer Brothers property
Back to Top

Get Involved

The environmental assessment of the property, as well as the proposed action plan and other documents are available for review online or at the MPRB offices, 2117 W River Rd., Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To review the documents at the MPRB offices, contact Jon Duesman at 612-230-6471 or jduesman@minneapolisparks.org.

Reports and Information

Board Agendas and Minutes

  • August 3, 2011
    • Scherer Bros Site Cleanup Project Overview and Public Comment
      • Regular Meeting Agenda (Page 4, Item 1)
      • Regular Meeting Minutes (not currently available)
  • May 19, 2010
  • December 16, 2009
    • Authorization to enter into purchase agreement for acquisition of Scherer Brothers property

Back to Top

Background

By the early 1900s visionary Park Board leaders had acquired most of the east and west riverfront of the river stretching from St. Paul to St. Anthony Falls for public parkland. Since the 1993 the MPRB has led the charge to expand parkland to provide a connection from the downtown area north of the Falls area.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) purchased the Scherer Brothers Lumber Co. land in 2010 for $7.7 million.

The property is 10 acres on the east side of the Mississippi River south of Plymouth Ave. and bounded by 10th and 8th avenues and Sibley St.

The financing plan was unanimously approved by the MPRB Board of Commissioners at its May 19 meeting.

The land is being financed through $5.3 million from the Legacy Act’s Parks and Trails Fund, $1.7 million from the Regional Park Acquisition Opportunity Fund, and $700,000 from 35W bridge condemnation funds from parkland purchased for the new 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis.

The land fits into the MPRB’s Above the Falls Master Plan, a long-range plan to develop the land along the Mississippi River in the Central Minneapolis Riverfront area as a regional park. It also compliments the Park Board’s Comprehensive Plan visions to create parkland that “endures and captivates, shape city character and meet diverse community needs.”

Back to Top

Spacer B4
Spacer B5

 


Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-230-6400 (Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30) | Contact Us

Subscribe  Subscribe to receive Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board news and events by email    Follow  Follow Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Twitter    Like  Follow Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Facebook    Contact  Contact Us