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325 Blake Road Restoration and Redevelopment

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The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is leading an effort, in partnership with the City of Hopkins and numerous public and private partners, to transform a former industrial site at 325 Blake Road into a vibrant space where people and nature thrive together. 

The 325 Blake Road Restoration and Redevelopment project is an effort to marry two sets of goals:

  • The restoration will complete a missing link in the Minnehaha Creek Greenway, a decade-long effort to restore the creek and connect a system of green space and trails around Minnehaha Creek to the surrounding community

  • At the same time, MCWD is working closely with the City of Hopkins to find a private partner to integrate a transformative, transit-oriented redevelopment into the site

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Background

In 2011, MCWD purchased a 17-acre industrial site in Hopkins as a key piece in its restoration of Minnehaha Creek through its most degraded and hidden stretch.

The property is nestled between regionally significant features on all sides:

  • More than 1,000 feet of Minnehaha Creek 

  • The newly-reconstructed Blake Road corridor connecting to neighborhoods, businesses, and nearby Knollwood Mall

  • The METRO Green Line light rail that will run to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul

  • The Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail that connects the west metro to Minneapolis

As a result, the site is poised to become a unique community asset: a new neighborhood with a place to relax in nature, connect with community, and get where you want to go.

325 Blake Road area map

In partnership with the City of Hopkins and with guidance from the community, MCWD will lead a restoration effort that uses four to six acres of the site to provide access to Minnehaha Creek, improve its health, and connect the Minnehaha Creek Greenway trail system that currently runs through Cottageville Park, the Minnehaha Creek Preserve, and the Methodist Hospital campus. The work will also use natural features to clean polluted runoff from about 270 acres around the site, improving water quality locally and in downstream lakes.

On the remaining land, MCWD and the City of Hopkins are working to find a redevelopment partner who will transform the site into a new neighborhood that celebrates these environmental enhancements and blends seamlessly into the surrounding community.

Project benefits

Easy access to the METRO Green Line Blake Road Station        A welcoming and sustainable new neighborhood integrated with public green space        
Treatment for 270 acres of polluted stormwater runoff        Completion of the Minnehaha Creek Greenway trail system        
Direct access to Minnehaha Creek       Removal of approximately 180 pounds phosphorus per year from the creek, which prevents up to 90,000 pounds of algae growth in downstream water bodies         

Timeline

     

Past:

  • 2011: 325 Blake Road site purchased

  • 2015: Cottageville Park expansion completed

  • 2015: Minnehaha Creek Preserve restoration completed

  • 2015-2019: Stormwater diversion pipes installed from Lake Street and Powell Road, allowing the site to treat polluted stormwater from hundreds of acres of surrounding area  

  • 2018: Warehouse building demolished

  • 2019: Heavy construction begins on METRO Green Line light rail 

  • 2019: Blake Road reconstruction completed

  • January 2021: Letters of interest solicited from potential development partners 

  • February-March 2021: Stakeholder and community listening sessions

  • March 2021: Project priorities survey

Coming up:

  • Summer 2021: Public meeting on restoration design 

  • Summer 2021: Selection of private development partner

Once a private development partner is selected, the partners will roll out a new timeline of community engagement, design, and construction related to the redevelopment.  

Get involved 

     

Community input has been, and will continue to be, vital to the project. See below for opportunities to participate. 

March 2021

  • Project Priorities Survey: Available March 22
  • Community Listening Session: March 31 

Take the survey


Summer 2021

  • Public meeting on design concepts for restoration and trail system

Once a private development partner is selected, the partners will roll out a new timeline of community engagement, design, and construction related to the redevelopment


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Public meeting on design concepts for restoration and trail system

Public meeting on design concepts for restoration and trail syste
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