Ford Centre site in Minneapolis

Ford Centre (Minneapolis)

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provided technical oversight of the remedial investigation and cleanup of the Ford Centre site at 420 North Fifth Street in Minneapolis. Ford Centre is located across from the new Target Field ballpark.


In the 1800s, the 1.3-acre property was occupied by a door and blind manufacturing business, a lumberyard, and several residences. In 1914, the current building, the first vertical assembly plant for Ford automobiles, was built by the Ford Motor Company. Ford moved to its St. Paul assembly plant location in the 1940s, and the Minneapolis assembly plant building became the home of the Honeywell Regulator Company, which made thermostats. Honeywell occupied the building until the early 1980s, at which time the building was rented to various tenants for office space.

Environmental issues

  • Mercury was identified in the basement floor traps and in the seventh-floor utility room.
  • Site soils were impacted with metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • VOCs at low levels were identified beneath the basement slab in a portion of the building.

Environmental cleanup and redevelopment of the site

  • Over 8,098 tons of soil impacted with metals, PAHs and VOCs were excavated from the site and disposed at an industrial landfill.
  • Mercury spills in the basement floor drains and in the seventh-floor utility room were remediated.
  • A passive vapor-venting system was installed in the floor beneath a portion of the building.
  • The 11 floors of the Ford Centre building were renovated and provide 265,000 square feet of office space.

Environmental and economic benefits

  • The Ford Centre paid over $450,000 in property taxes to Hennepin County in 2012.
  • Approximately 90 percent of the rental office space is currently rented.
  • Six hundred eighty jobs have been created/retained, with more to come as the final leases are signed.
  • The Ford Centre is located next to the Target Field light rail transit (LRT) station, facilitating use of the mass transit system for building occupants and visitors.

Assurances received

September 20, 2012: No Further Action Determination.

Institutional controls

June 20, 2012: An affidavit documenting remaining impacted soil left in place on the property was recorded with the Hennepin County Registrar of Titles.

Project partners

  • Ford Centre LLC
  • United Properties Investments
  • MPCA VIC Program staff John Betcher and Shanna Schmitt
  • Environmental Consultant: Eric Stommes of Liesch Associates, Inc.