Minneapolis Pubic Schools delays vote to downsize ancient HQs

Artist rendering of the proposed Mortenson/Legacy MPS headquarters
Artist rendering of the proposed Mortenson/Legacy MPS headquarters

Last year, Minneapolis Public Schools pulled the plug on another six schools, and shifted hundreds of students around the district in the face of shrinking student enrollment. Now, the district's own headquarters facilities are up for some major league weight loss, albeit by way of a brand new building. But there's been a delay: The Board of Education's scheduled vote on a final proposal Tuesday has been pushed off until April 27.

Why? For another round of public input, according to Superintendent Bill Greene.

"We thank the community for its patience as we continue educating the public about the three proposals that the board is considering," he said in a statement. "Two additional public informational meetings will be scheduled over the next two weeks for members of the public who were unable to attend earlier meetings."

The district had been leaning towards a proposal from Edina-based Legacy Management & Development Corp. and Golden Valley-based Mortenson Development that would create a centralized 275,000 square-foot admin campus at 1250 W. Broadway Ave. in north Minneapolis. Pricetag: $25-27 million.

Right now, MPS maintains four different administrative offices: 807 NE Broadway, Webster, 1250 W Broadway and the Lehmann Center, for a total of 633,000 square feet. And it says the cost of keeping things the way they are wuld actually cost more in the long run than the new HQ, owing to upkeep and renovations.

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