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Ford Building Demolition and Site Improvements

Ford Motor Company

In May 2023, the State of Minnesota Department of Administration received authorizing legislation to demolish the Ford Building on University Avenue just east of Rice Street. In June 2023, project architects filed an application with CAAPB. The proposal includes demolition of existing vacant Ford Building (State of Minnesota) and existing site elements and also includes construction of tunnel access and new secured enclosure building, green space, public access walkways and parking at the site on University Avenue located in G1 (State office) zoning district and CCO (Central Corridor overlay zoning district) in the Capitol Area zoning jurisdiction.

Download the project team’s Project Overview.

Project Information Session

On Wednesday September 13th, at 4:30-6pm, design team representatives will be available in person to address questions and explain the proposed demolition and proposed site improvements.  The informational event precedes a statutorily required board member vote on the project (as a substantial change to public lands and buildings in the Capitol Area), and also consideration by the Board of a Conditional Use Permit that would certify the larger zoning lot to function primarily as a state-owned surface parking lot. CAAPB will host the walk-in event in the ground floor conference room 116B of the Administration Building at 50 Sherburne.  No RSVP or advanced registration required. Contact Peter Musty, CAAPB Principal Planner, for more information: 612-743-5994 or

Formal Application Information Submitted to CAAPB:

Additional documentation necessary for reviews:

For More Information

For more information on any project, please contact Peter Musty at 612-743-5994 |

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(Both images below show University Avenue looking east; above taken from Google Earth, image below furnished by Wold Architects and Engineers.)

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