Fourth Street Guild

A woodworking cooperative transformed its austere landscaping into a beacon of sustainability in industrial North Minneapolis.


Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Action Grant, Planning Grant

Status: Completed

Timeline: 2015-2016

MWMO Funding: $59,717

Partners: Metro Blooms; Burns McDonnell Civil Engineers; Earth Wizards; Light Dark Landscape

Staff Contact:

Nancy Stowe
Projects and Outreach Director
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The Fourth Street Guild, a woodworking cooperative, sought to turn its new site in North Minneapolis into a model of green infrastructure. The MWMO awarded the guild a Planning Grant to hire an engineering firm to investigate soils and to design new stormwater management plans for the site. The resulting plans featured a variety of new stormwater control measures that will reduce runoff from the site by an estimated 55 percent.

In 2016, the Guild was awarded an Action Grant for the implementation of their stormwater management plan. A pair of 1,500-gallon cisterns capture roof runoff, and the parking lot runoff is treated by pervious pavers and native plantings in infiltration basins. The guild also intends to use the site to create educational opportunities for craftspeople, the neighborhood and the community at large.