Proposed carbarn expansion would make room for a new streetcar

The Minnesota Streetcar Museum is seeking permits to expand its carbarn at Linden Hills Boulevard and Queen Avenue South, allowing another streetcar to join the lineup on the Como-Harriet line.

Museum volunteers are restoring a 1913 Winona, Minn. streetcar that was previously refashioned into a cabin.

“There are three dozen other streetcar museums, and no one has one quite like this,” said Aaron Isaacs, a Linden Hills resident and vice chair of the museum.

The museum has already privately raised most of the $100,000 necessary for the carbarn expansion. Operators would provide the same number of rides, but a new car would give the three other Lake Harriet streetcars some relief from running time.

The 932-square-foot addition would expand the building 12 feet toward the lake. At the request of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the proposed expansion was reduced in size to provide minimal visual impact from the parkway and Queen Avenue.

“We want to be good neighbors,” Isaacs said.

The addition would also provide an office for the museum’s volunteer staff, additional workshop space, and a streetcar library room open by appointment.

The proposal still needs approval from the Park Board, the city of Minneapolis and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.