A Minn. parking garage rooftop will be transformed into a driving range
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A Minn. parking garage rooftop will be transformed into a driving range

No one wants to park on the top floor of a parking garage. It usually means there's a long walk ahead and a massive crowd in front of you. But, what if the top floor was instead a great destination?

The Minneapolis city council approved on Tuesday a measure that would allow a private company to develop a driving range on the top floor of a parking garage adjacent to Target Field and Target Center.

The Star-Tribune reports approval was given to the project that has been in the works since 1998. The covered garage space would then be home to a rooftop driving range, athletic track and clubhouse, as well indoor short-game areas, simulators and meeting space. The privately funded project will cost $70-80 million and open sometime in 2015.

Downtown Rooftop Golf LLC will enter into an agreement with the city to lease the airspace above the garages, which are owned by the state Department of Transportation and the city.

And that grass on top of a roof in the rendering? That's not the driving range. That's above it. Rather, that is the green roof of the Target Center, which would make for some great urban par-3 contests.

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