During the past year, development in Champlin has been both diverse and abundant.
Residents have seen renovations take place at city staples like Mann Theatre and Cub Foods, new senior living options have been constructed, and a thrift boutique and dollar store have also opened up shop.
COMMERCIAL AND NEW RETAIL
Cub Food Improvements and Liquor Store: As part of a general revamping Champlin Marketplace last year, Cub Foods in Champlin received upgraded signage and exterior improvements.
Additionally, Cub bought the neighboring MGM Liquor store, expanded the space, and opened Cub Wine and Spirits March 2017. The shop features over 200 wine options and a custom six-pack of beer station filled with over 1,000 options .
Dollar Plus Market: Last December, Dollar Plus Market opened its doors at 11656 Winnetka Avenue. Dollar Plus is chock-full of a wide variety of discounted goods like household items and groceries.
Mann Theatre renovation: Early this year, Mann Theatre, 11500 2749 Theatre Drive North, celebrated their renovations with a grand re-opening. In 2017, the theatre went through a $5 million renovation project which included 1,050 cushioned reclining seats, a new bar, an online reservation system and XDX Auditorium.
Hope’s Closet: In February, local charity boutique, Hope’s Closet opened in conjunction with Anoka-based nonprofit Hope 4 Youth. The shop is chock-full of in-season clothing and unique gift ideas like vintage lunch boxes and jewelry. The shop is located off Highway 169 at 11350 Aquila Drive North, Suite 905.
All profits made at Hope’s Closet go back into Hope 4 Youth’s programs, including a resource center and on-site healthcare clinic for homeless youth, a transitional housing program, trauma-informed and strength-based supportive services, a spiritual-based support group, a new moms program, and housing counseling.
Crown Lift Trucks: Over the month of March, Crown Lift Trucks moved from their St. Paul location to a space in Champlin at 8650 109th Avenue. Crown sells and provides services including forklifts, pallet jacks and special lift trucks.
Super Target improvements: At the first council meeting of the year, Super Target was approved for signage and facade improvements to fit with the corporation’s national rebranding efforts taking place over the next few years.
Aldi expansion: Early this year, Aldi was approved to construct a 3,400-square-foot addition to the 15,000-square-foot store in order to expand the store’s internal operation flow.
Arigato Japanese Steak and Seafood House: Last year, Arigato announced it will open soon in the old Wendy’s building on Marketplace Drive. The restaurant’s menu for existing locations includes hibachi and sushi entrées, drinks and desserts.
Tim Hortons: Canadian-based coffee, donut and eatery has plans to open up in Champlin in 2019. The shop will be located at Highway 169 and 120th Avenue west of Business Park Boulevard.
Mississippi Crossings is a 160-acre plot along the Mississippi River south of the Anoka-Champlin bridge. Back in the mid-1800s several migrating steamboats landed in this area, and by the 1900s the surrounding area turned into a booming business and residential area. The area hasn’t been updated much since 1980, and abandoned commercial buildings and vacant lots filled the area.
So in 1999, a citizen task force was designed to revive the riverfront area and create a redevelopment plan. This redevelopment plan has changed along the years, but many of the goals and ideas remain for City Council and residents to this day.
Consequently, large-scale improvements to the area have been in full effect the past couple of years. This includes the $6.5 million reconstruction of the Elm Creek in 2016, the $15 million reconstruction project on Highway 169 kicking off last fall, and a $6.3 million Mill Pond clean-up project that began late last year.
Most recently, the City of Champlin has assigned planning and engineering firm Kimley-Horn to create concept plans for the Crossings. The plan consists of 350 housing units and 55,000 square feet of mixed commercial use, including a riverfront restaurant. The city has also hired Cambridge Commercial to help market the redevelopment site that can begin to be constructed in 2019 after Highway 169 improvements are complete.
Legends of Champlin: Legends of Champlin senior housing community had more than 70 percent of the units pre-leased before opening last December. The building hosts 184 affordable housing units, meaning based on household size, dwellers earn less than 60 percent of Hennepin County Area Median Income (AMI).
The complex sits south of 117th Avenue on Theatre Drive and includes 58 one-bedroom units, 78 two-bedroom units and 48 three-bedroom units. Some site features include views of Downtown Minneapolis from many units, an underground parking garage, outdoor gathering spaces, social rooms, a fitness room, theater and salon.
Applewood Pointe of Champlin at Mississippi Crossings: Last year, United Properties began building an 85-unit senior living building in the Mississippi Crossings development area. The $30 million dollar project will result in a senior cooperative community similar to the 70-unit, United Properties-owned Applewood development located on the northwest corner of Dayton Road and Cartway Road.