In 2013, staff identified a trend of increased costs for repair and replacement projects needed to keep the buildings housing Police, Fire, City Hall and Public Works viable. This increasing financial need was 2-3 times above what was historically necessary. An independent engineering study evaluated building conditions and revealed serious issues.
Following the November 14 Public Hearing, the Fridley City Council approved the financing portion of a civic campus housing Police, Fire, Public Works and City Hall at the former Columbia Arena location.
A ceremonial groundbreaking took place on May 20, 2017. The site is anticipated to be ready for city services occupancy in November 2018.
Click Video for Nov 14 Public Hearing: presentation and public comments begin at 36 minutes
Civic Complex Research
Fridley City Hall and Public Works buildings are over 60 years old, and as the costs of repairs piled up, the City Council authorized a study last year by an independent engineering and architectural firm to look at the conditions of these buildings. The results show deficiencies in 3 areas:
Handicap accessibility in City Hall
Significant deterioration in both buildings
Lack of space for operations (Approx. 20,000 sq ft of additional space is needed.)
A required Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) has been completed for the former Columbia Arena site to help determine redevelopment impacts. The EAW is available to view here. You can also stop at City Hall to view it. The City invites public feedback by emailing CAAREAW@fridleymn.gov or by writing to the City at:
6431 University Avenue NE
Fridley, MN 55432