Plan for rooftop golf, youth center moves forward

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December 10, 2013 // UPDATED 9:48 am - December 12, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
An illustration of a proposed rooftop golf/youth center above the Hawthorne Transportation Center and an adjacent parking ramp.
Sarah McKenzie

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT — The City Council's Transportation and Public Works Committee has approved a proposal for a new rooftop golf and youth center above the city-owned Hawthorne Transportation Center and an adjacent parking ramp.

The proposal by Downtown Rooftop Golf LLC and its companion nonprofit Downtown Rooftop Youth Center envisions a for-profit golf facility and a nonprofit program operated in partnership with the University of Minnesota geared toward mentoring and coaching youth.

It would be connected via skyway to Target Center and close to Target Field and the Interchange, a multimodal transportation hub under construction next to the ballpark. 

The center would include a green roof with a performance area; a club house with training areas, locker rooms, retail and food service; a driving range, playing fields and walking/running track; and a youth center, according to a report presented to the Council committee today.

The project is expected to cost $70 to $80 million. The group behind the proposal is not seeking city money to help finance it.

The directive approved by the Council committee allows the backers of the project to enter into an agreement for exclusive rights to negotiate airspace leases and other agreements with the city and Mn/DOT, which owns the parking ramp next to the transportation center at 31 N. 9th St. 

The proposal will now go before the full City Council on Friday, Dec. 13.