Edina, Minn., Oct. 24, 2018 – Expansion of the North Ramp at 50th & France is complete. The new levels of public parking opened Oct. 23.
The construction project nearly doubled the size of the original parking structure. With the expansion complete, the North Ramp now has 546 parking stalls available to serve customers, clients and employees.
“We are thrilled to deliver additional free parking,” said Pat Tucker, Project Communication Coordinator. “Thank you to all of the customers and businesses who were patient while we worked to construct the additional public parking to serve Edina’s downtown at 50th & France.”
The completed project includes additional parking stalls for people with physical disabilities. Those spots are located on the first level and near the elevators. A second elevator has been added to provide easier access to adjacent businesses. The North Ramp also features approximately 10,000 square feet of new commercial space on the street level. These spaces are under contract to sell to the developer of the adjacent Nolan Mains apartments. Leasing of these spaces is actively underway.
Construction on the North Parking Ramp began Jan. 2. Based on input from the local business community, this expansion was scheduled to overlap with the construction of the adjacent Nolan Mains apartment building. This scheduling allowed the nearly three-year construction effort to be condensed to two years. An expedited construction approach was prepared by the architects at Mohagen-Hansen and implemented by general contractor Adolfson & Peterson Construction so that the parking expansion would be complete prior to the 2018 holiday season.
The permanent sidewalks linking the North Ramp to adjacent businesses are now restored. The “orange” route leads to the west, providing access to businesses located near Halifax Avenue. The “purple” route leads to businesses to the east, near France Avenue.
Construction is still underway on the new Center Ramp located on the lower level of the new Nolan Mains apartments. When complete in fall 2019, this project will include 100 new apartments, an additional 100 stalls of free public parking and new commercial space. This new construction will be arranged around a quaint network of public walkways and public plazas. The Nolan Mains project replaces the 40-year old Center Ramp, which had formerly been located on the property.
For more information, visit EdinaMN.gov/50thandFrance or contact Tucker at 952-826-1605.