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Demolition to begin on 325 Blake Road Redevelopment in Hopkins

Cold storage industrial site to become centerpiece of Minnehaha Creek Greenway
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Aerial of 325 Blake RoadThe Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers has awarded Rogers-based Veit & Company the contract for demolition of 325 Blake Road, an industrial site in Hopkins that will become a transit-oriented, integrated residential development on a stretch of restored Minnehaha Creek. Demolition, which is being timed to coincide with the reconstruction of Blake Road to minimize disruption to the public, is expected to begin in mid-August. 

The large cold storage warehouse that is currently on the site will be demolished in phases, with interior walls coming down before the exterior portions of the building are destroyed. About one-sixth of the building will be taken down first to accommodate the reconstruction of Blake Road. The initial phase of the demolition is expected to be complete by mid-September. The remainder of the building will be demolished over the next several months, alternating between interior and exterior work. The entire site is expected to be cleared by the end of the year.

The 325 Blake Road redevelopment is the centerpiece of the restoration of Minnehaha Creek through its most degraded stretch in Hopkins and St. Louis Park. It will connect with previous restorations at Cottageville Park in Hopkins and at the Minnehaha Creek Preserve and Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park that are collectively known as the Minnehaha Creek Greenway. When finished, the site will feature more than 1,000 feet of restored stream channel, will treat 270 acres of stormwater from the surrounding area, and will be a gateway to the Greenway’s green space and trail system.

In coordination with the City of Hopkins the MCWD has been working with the master developer, Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson, on a refined concept plan for 325 Blake Road. The plan will include green space and public amenities that will be shaped by community input.

There will be multiple opportunities for the community to learn about the project and engage with select design elements, starting with a kick-off event at Cottageville Park in Hopkins on Friday, September 7th. The event, which begins at 6pm prior to the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative movie night in the park, will feature members of the development team and other project partners.

The 325 Blake Road redevelopment exemplifies the MCWD’s Balanced Urban Ecology approach of working in partnership to integrate the natural and built environments in the creation of successful, sustainable communities. Through collaboration the City of Hopkins is able to meet its goal for mixed income housing in a transit-oriented development, and the MCWD is able to meet its goals of improving water quality and treating regional stormwater on a site that invites people into the Minnehaha Creek corridor.

Veit & Company submitted the lowest bid for the demolition which will cost $1.6 million. The MCWD has secured grant funding from a number of sources to pay for the demolition. These funds include an $805,700 SEED grant from the Metropolitan Council and $500,000 from Hennepin County.

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