325 Blake Road Development

Project Background

The City of Hopkins and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) selected Alatus, LLC as the development partner to lead a transformative redevelopment of approximately 13 acres of the 17-acre site at 325 Blake Road. MCWD will retain approximately four acres of the site for restoration, including stormwater treatment and public natural space.

In December 2021, the City Council approved Alatus, LLC's rezoning, planned unit development, subdivision and site plan applications to redevelop a portion of the site at 325 Blake Road, located at the southeast corner of Lake Street and Blake Road. 

The project includes a two-phased development consisting of 833 of varying types of housing units, approximately 18,000 total square feet of retail and commercial use pads, and public and private realm infrastructure that ties into the stormwater improvements and expansion of the Minnehaha Creek Greenway on the site by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. 

The City Council approved the site plans for Buildings A, B, C, and D. Separate site plan review will be required for the 9,000 square feet of commercial use pads and townhomes prior to their construction at a future time.

  • Building A: Six-story, 112-unit low-income housing tax credit development (50 percent area median income (AMI) rental and income restricted units) with 110 underground parking stalls
  • Building B: Five-story, 112-unit for-sale senior co-op development with 184 underground parking stalls 
  • By Building C: 14-story, 214-unit multi-family market-rate development with approximately 15% of the units being designate as hotel units; a 5-story, 175-unit multi-family market-rate development; 9,000 square feet of commercial space; and 520 above-ground parking stalls 
  • Building D: Five-story, 187-unit multi-family mixed income development with 277 above-ground parking stalls; some stalls will be available for flexible commercial space parking.
  • Townhomes: Three-story, 33-unit townhome units with variable pricing; 66 attached garage parking stalls
  • Commercial use pads: two restaurant pads totaling approximately 9,000 square feet

Neighborhood Meeting Process

City policy requires rezoning applications to include a neighborhood meeting hosted by the developer. This neighborhood meeting policy requires applicants to meet directly with neighbors and get their feedback before going through the City's formal land use review process. 

Alatus hosted an in-person neighborhood meeting to discuss the project with the public on November 15, 2021. 

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) was also present at the neighborhood meeting to talk about its stormwater and Minnehaha Creek Greenway expansion and restoration project on the site. Based on community ideas generated at this spring and summer’s listening sessions and open houses, MCWD has produced designs ready for public feedback.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

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 purpose of the EAW is to determine whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required. The EAW does not approve or deny the project.

A copy of the final EAW is available for review by clicking here or upon request at City Hall during regular business hours. The City Council reviewed this document during the December 7, 2021 regular meeting and made the determination that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was not required for this project.  

City Review Process

  • December 21, 2021 - City Council Meeting
  • December 7, 2021 - City Council Meeting
    • Approved the subdivision, site plans for Buildings A, B, C and D, and the first reading of Ordinance 2021-1177 for rezoning the property to Mixed Use with a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
    • Meeting Minutes
  • November 23, 2021 – Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
    • Held a public hearing to consider rezoning, planned unit development, subdivision and site plan applications and made a recommendation to the City Council.
    • Meeting Minutes

Developer Preliminary Concept Plan

Alatus LLC submitted a concept plan review application to redevelop the site at 325 Blake Rad in August 2021. Alatus used the feedback provided during the concept plan review process to inform the plans described above that were submitted for formal City approvals.

City Review Process (Concept Plan)

  • 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.
    • Meeting Minutes

More Information

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