The City of Minneapolis is actively pursuing purchase of land at 340 27th Ave NE (zoned I-1 & I-2) to build a large, combined City/County household hazardous waste, municipal solid waste, construction debris, & garbage transfer station facility. This new facility would replace the City's South Transfer Station located in the East Phillips neighborhood at 2850 20th Ave South (zoned I-2) and be the first and only Hennepin County household hazardous waste facility located in Minneapolis. We've been told that the facility would replace the mobile collection sites that the county has held around the city over the last few decades. It would also serve as temporary storage for the estimated hundreds of tons of daily garbage collected throughout Minneapolis anytime that the HERC incinerator** in Downtown Minneapolis is not functioning (which reportedly has only happened once, for seven days, in the last 10-20 years).
This is the 3rd potential location for this facility after considering a site at 620 Malcolm Ave SE (zoned I-2) in Prospect Park and a site just north of Como at Broadway & Industrial Blvd (zoned I-2). Since the City Council authorized purchase of this property in Northeast before really notifying or discussing the scope of the project and location with the surrounding community, it is especially important for those interested or concerned to get up to speed fast.
Como neighbors that live in Ward 1 (north of Como Ave SE and east of 18th Ave SE) may want to contact Ward 1 Councilmember Kevin Reich to comment or for more information. All other Como neighbors are part of Ward 2 and would contact Councilmember Cam Gordon for comments or information.
** There are efforts in 2009/2010 to increase the amount of garbage burned at the HERC incinerator from 1000 tons per day to 1100 - 1200 tons per day
(see "County wants to burn more garbage at Minneapolis incinerator" by Stephanie Hemphill, Minnesota Public Radio, July 17, 2009)
Here's a link to a previous related blog post on "East Side Industrial Land Use and Environmental Impacts." A GIS study of the East Side of Minneapolis was completed in the Fall of 2009 by Peter Truax of Macalaster College for Windom Park Citizens in Action with the assistance of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. The full PDF report with color GIS maps is available for download here (10+MBs / 71 pages).
For more information, see these links: