Civic Campus / Columbia Arena Area Redevelopment

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. The results of those studies are available below.

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.

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Civic Campus

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site overview

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City Hall Fact Sheet
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:
  1. Handicap accessibility in City Hall
  2. Significant deterioration in both buildings
  3. Lack of space for operations (Approx. 20,000 sq ft of additional space is needed.)
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Community Development Director, Scott Hickok: 763-572-3590

City Manager, Wally Wysopal: 763-572-3506
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 or by writing to the City at:
6431 University Avenue NE
Fridley, MN 55432
Following the November 14, 2016, Public Hearing on the Capital Improvements Plan and Intent to Issue Capital Improvement Bonds, the Fridley City Council decided that this project is the most prudent way to address these serious needs. The project will move forward unless a successful petition is received calling for a reverse referendum.
Learn more about this process under Minnesota State Statues
And on the Minnesota Secretary of State website