Robbinsdale Gathers Feedback for Proposed New Water Tower
Robbinsdale is getting a new $16 million water treatment plant. It’s also making plans for a new, much larger water tower.
The city plans to demolish the existing downtown water tower, though it’s not a done deal. City officials have heard concerns from those who do not want to see their iconic tower removed. It’s why they’re collecting feedback on what would be a visible change in the city.
“The tower, tower one, we call it, in the downtown area is certainly very iconic,” said Richard McCoy, the city’s public works director. “The trouble from a functional perspective is it’s too small. So we need some more storage up in the sky to help with consistent pressures and delivering the water that we need throughout the city.”
The existing tower holds 125,000 gallons of water. The new tower would hold 750,000 gallons, or six times larger than the existing one.
The Robbinsdale City Council will have the final say on the water tower issue. City officials say the new tower would have a similar logo like the one now and would be built in roughly the same location.
“We’ve got some ideas of how we can make that look very, very nice and represent the city very well,” McCoy said. “Certainly folks may well be attached to the old water tower and we want to hear about that.”