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Historic properties

Scoring criteria for historic roadside property projects. Out of 100 possible points, 30 points are based on statewide ranking or age based on the design and historical significance or years since last renovation, 10 points are based on whether urgent repairs are needed due to a crash, weather or rapid deterioration, 10 points are based on efficiency that might be gained from two or three projects in a similar geography, 10 points are based on local community support or funding contribution, 10 points are based on a tribal connection for properties within reservation boundaries, and 10 points are based on whether a project is located in MnDOT districts 2,7 or 8 which have fewer than average number of historic properties.

The Historic Roadside Properties Program funds the repair, rehabilitation and preservation of roadside properties that are either listed on, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.

Projects were identified by a series of cultural resources studies of historic roadside development properties conducted in 1996-1998 by Gemini Research for MnDOT. A supplement released in updated on 2005 with amendments in 2006 and 2009.  A study of properties constructed prior to 1975 was completed in 2016 by Stark/Deco. A new cumulative study which combines all previous reports and updates selected sites was released in 2020.

The 2020 study identified 243 MnDOT properties, of which 21 are either listed on, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places and still owned by MnDOT.

In addition to the scoring criteria, other factors are also considered in selecting historic property rehabilitation and repair projects. For example:

  • It is not unusual for historic structures located close to the roadway to be struck by vehicles. In these cases, the historic property will be repaired as soon as possible under program guidelines and within available funding.
  • Occasionally a property will be found to be deteriorating at a faster rate than anticipated and repairs must be accelerated in order to avoid losing the structure.
  • Local Government agencies, community groups or individuals may request that a structure located close to their municipality be restored and may contribute funding.

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How the projects scored

The construction costs shown on this list represent a very high level estimate based on information available at the time selection decisions were made. Actual construction and delivery costs will change over time as projects go from a concept through the project development process and are eventually constructed. View more detailed scores (Excel).

Last updated February 2023

Score Site Name Project Construction Year  Planning Level Project Estimate  Comments
90 Oak Lake 2023 $850,000 Newly eligible, coord w. district, ADA work
70 Birch Coulee Historical Marker 2026 $350,000  
70 Graeser Park, Phase 3 2023 $250,000 Prior to conveyance
70 Otter Tail Lake 2024 $350,000 Coord projects 6, 12, 18, 33
62 MN 301 at St Cloud Reformatory 2022 $2,600,000 Coordination with district roadwork
62 Lilac/Mtka Blvd/Rock Island 2021, 2022>Burns $50,000  
58 St. Cloud Historical Marker 2022 $50,000 Interpretive signage
55 New Ulm Spring 2021>2022 $900,000 Let in FY22
55 Pelican Rapids Village Historical Marker 2024 $350,000 Coord projects 6, 12, 18, 33
52 St. Paul Overlook [Burns Ave] 2022>Lilac $50,000 Gate closer
50 Cascade River Wayside-Mortar Testing 2022 $75,000  
50 Cascade River Wayside-Rehabilitation 2025 $750,000  
50 Otter Tail City Historical Marker 2024 $350,000 Coord projects 6, 12, 18, 33
50 Garrison Concourse 2026 $600,000  
49 Willow Lake 2023 $250,000 Curb and changing house
49 Orr Roadside Parking Area 2025 $300,000  
48 Inspiration Point (Lanesboro) 2027 $400,000  
41 Split Rock Lighthouse Overlook 2025 $250,000  
33 Craigie Flour Mill 2024 $250,000 Coord projects 6, 12, 18, 33
N/A Whipholt- small project 2023 $30,000 Interpretation incomplete
N/A HEWITT RPA 2027 $600,000 Class II
N/A Maiden Rock HM-Lake Pepin Rest Area (Class 1) 2026 $250,000 Community concern

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