325 Blake Road Development

Project Background

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.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

The City of Hopkins has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the 325 Blake Road Development Project and is seeking public input. 

As the designated Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU), the City of Hopkins has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed 325 Blake Road Development. 

The EAW includes review of an approximately 17-acre former industrial parcel at the intersection of Lake Street NE and Blake Road N in Hopkins. The proposed project is a transit-oriented, mixed-use development that will include residential, commercial, and recreational opportunities associated with the Minnehaha Creek, and regional stormwater management. 

View the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) (PDF). It is available in hard copy upon request. 

Written comments on the EAW will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on November 4, 2021. Comments should be submitted via mail or email to:

Kersten Elverum
 Director of Planning and Economic Development
 1010 First Street South
 Hopkins, MN 55343
kelverum@hopkinsmn.com

Developer Preliminary Concept Plan

Alatus LLC submitted a concept plan review application to redevelop the site at 325 Blake Road (former Cold Storage Facility) into a mixed-use development that is proposed to include:

  • Building I: Four-story, 109-unit low-income housing tax credit development (50 to 60 percent AMI rental and income restricted units) with 114 underground parking stalls
  • Building II: Five-story, 116-unit for-sale senior co-op development with 180 underground parking stalls 
  • Buildings III & IV: 14-story, 172-unit multi-family market-rate Type I development; 5-story, 175-unit multi-family market-rate development; 472 above-ground parking stalls 
  • Building V: Five-story, 193-unit multi-family market-rate development with 276 above-ground parking stalls; some stalls available for flexible commercial space parking 
  • Townhomes: Three-story, 33-unit townhome units with variable pricing; 66 attached garage parking stalls
  • Approximately 17,000 square feet of restaurant and commercial space.

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 concept plan and additional information are available below:

City Review Process

  • September 7, 2021 - City Council Meeting
    • Action: Reviewed the concept plan application and provided feedback; no formal action.
    • Meeting Minutes
  • August 24, 2021 - Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
    • Action: Reviewed the concept plan application and provided feedback; no formal action.

It is important to note that the concept plan review process allows the applicant to share their plans with the public and the City of Hopkins and get feedback. The City does not either approve or deny the project at this time.  

The applicant will use the feedback provided during the concept plan review process to help inform their plans and eventually apply for formal City approvals at a future time. Public input is an important part of the concept plan review process.

More information

For additional information about the 325 Blake Road site and project, visit the 325 Blake Road webpage