Indoor driving range proposed for top of huge downtown Mpls parking ramp [IMAGE]

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Here, via KSTP, is an aerial rendering of the project.
Plans are coming together to put the top floor of the gargantuan Ramp A/Hawthorne Transportation Center building near Target Center to very productive use.

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According to KSTP, a group named Downtown Rooftop Golf, LLC wants to put a tarp over the top floor of the ramp, then use the space for a huge development involving an indoor driving range, locker rooms, retail and food services, playing fields, a walking and running track, a youth center, and education facilities.

Best of all, the roughly $80 million skyway-connected project would involve zero taxpayer dollars.

KSTP details where the proposal is currently at with the Minneapolis officials:
Before the proposal can move forward, the city of Minneapolis needs to lease the airspace above those parking ramps from MnDOT, which owns it. The City would then lease the airspace to private developers. Two city council committees will vote [today] on whether to allow lease negotiations to move forward.
KSTP previously reported that MnDOT's new leadership is indeed interested in leasing the rooftop space.

Even if the project sails through the City Council process -- and really, since it'd be entirely privately funded, why wouldn't it? -- construction probably wouldn't begin until 2015. So you still have at least a couple outdoor seasons to work on your golf swing before you'll have an opportunity to head inside during the cold Minnesota winter and drive some balls downtown.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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27 comments
Jamie Sens
Jamie Sens

Except that they are planning an "after school program" and perhaps even a "charter school"... do the math.

Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

Really? Aren't there better things we could be building instead? Ridiculous

Bobby Larson
Bobby Larson

This is only fo rthe suburban elite rich assholes, parking is terrible enough downtown. So much more important things we can build for the progress of mankind, not forthe enjoyment of a racist sport.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

It can't get any worse than it already looks. It is a fricken parking ramp after all.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Maybe that's why they're interested in doing this. A golf range downtown could remain open and have at least a few patrons even in the middle of the night. There are enough hotel rooms downtown, with enough travelers, that could make it a very viable operation. I know a ton of people (well - not a LITERAL ton...) that travel with at least a few clubs, wherever they go. There has been interest in doing this for many years. Obviously, the rooftop of these ramps are rarely used or at least there are usually enough open spots on lower levels that the entire roof level could be made availablefor this. Oh - and by keeping an operation ggoing which draws traffic through the ramp at all hours this would necessarily move homeless to shelters.

Jason Koffman
Jason Koffman

I hope you didn't get mugged while reporting this.

Hunter Warne
Hunter Warne

This would be great!! Those who say it's an eyesore, do us all a favor and stay inside this winter. Your negativity is old and boring...

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

looks kind of the like the dome.......make Target Center look better and then plop an eyesore nearby..nu-uh, no thanks

Joe McShan
Joe McShan

Now this sounds just like a douche rich guy move from disney movie.

Joe McShan
Joe McShan

In that case, maybe not such a great idea.

Bob Fox
Bob Fox

Paul you're all beef and beard, nice!

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

Do these planners know that ramp is like a homeless shelter ?

mrblaq
mrblaq

I welcome the idea. It'd be nice to have another large indoor area to beat back the winter blues.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It's private money, toots.

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