325 Blake Road Developer Selection
The City of Hopkins and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) selected Alatus as the development partner to lead a transformative redevelopment of approximately 12 acres of the 17-acre site at 325 Blake Road.
MCWD will retain approximately five acres of the site for restoration, including stormwater treatment and public natural space.
Developer Preliminary Concept Plan
Alatus’ preliminary concept plan integrates the proposed development into public natural space and features Minnehaha Creek as well as connections to Cottageville Park, the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail and the Blake Road LRT Station.
The preliminary plan includes approximately 23,500 square feet of restaurant and commercial space and 775 housing units. The residential buildings include a signature 14-story building, three multi-family buildings ranging from three to four stories, and three-story townhouses.
- 361 market-rate multi-family rental units, including 20-30 full service short term suite
- 79 “mixed-income” units integrated into a market-rate apartment building
- 161 affordable multi-family rental units in a standalone building
- 49 for-sale townhouses
- 125 senior co-op units
The preliminary concept plan and additional information are available below:
- Alatus concept plan (PDF)
- Video of concept plan
- Alatus Response to Request for Proposal (PDF)
- RFP Clarification Responses (PDF)
The concept plan is preliminary and will change through community engagement and additional planning. We’d like to hear your initial thoughts on the preliminary concept plan through a brief survey.
Additional opportunities for engagement will be announced soon.
Selection Process Timeline
The City and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (the Partners) solicited interest in redevelopment of the 325 Blake Road site through a request for letters of interest. The Partners reviewed all responses and developed a recommended select list of five developers for advancement to developer roundtable meetings and the request for proposal (RFP) process.
Following roundtable meetings with each of the developer teams, the Partners issued the RFP for development of a portion of the 325 Blake Road site. The RFP was guided by the joint Development Vision (PDF) that was adopted by the Partners and informed through community engagement. All five development firms submitted proposals.
On May 26-27, 2021, the Review Committee – a joint committee comprised of three MCWD Board managers and two Hopkins City Council members – conducted interviews of the five development teams. Following the interviews, the Review Committee considered the merits of each proposal and voted unanimously to advance three firms as finalists – Alatus, Sherman Associates and Wellington Management – for joint Board of Managers and City Council consideration.
On June 9, 2021 the Partners participated in a series of site tours hosted by each of the developers.
The Hopkins City Council and MCWD Board of Managers held a joint meeting on June 17, 2021 to conduct interviews of the developer finalists and selected Alatus as the master developer for the 325 Blake Road site.
For additional information about the 325 Blake Road site and project, visit the 325 Blake Road webpage.