Hopkins receives grant to help clean up, demolish Blake Road cold storage warehouse

The vacant cold storage warehouse at 325 Blake Rd. in Hopkins will be demolished in mid-August and be completed by the end of the year to make way for a mixed-income residential development and public green space along Minnehaha Creek.

Demolition of the cold storage warehouse at 325 Blake Road will begin in mid-August. The building is expected to be fully taken down by the end of the year. It coincides with Blake Road reconstruction in efforts to minimize disruption to the public.

Most of the 17-acre industrial site on Minnehaha Creek will become a mixed-income residential development in close proximity to an anticipated Southwest Light Rail station. Part of the site will become open green space on the creek with public amenities.

The demo will happen in phases, with interior walls coming down before the exterior walls. The initial phase, which is expected to be complete by mid-September, involves taking down about one-sixth of the building. The remainder of the building will be demolished over the next several months and will alternate between interior and exterior work.

Rogers-based Veit & Company, the lowest bidder at $1.6 million, was selected by the watershed district’s board of managers. The district received grant funding from a number of sources, including $805,700 from the Metropolitan Council and $500,000 from Hennepin County.

After the watershed district restores the degraded stretch of creek, the area will be the “centerpiece” of the Minnehaha Creek Greenway and “gateway” to its trail system, according to a statement from Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, which owns the property. Adjacent portions of the creek, at Cottageville Park and Methodist Hospital, have already been restored by improving water quality and treating storm water.

Master developer Kraus-Anderson, in coordination with the watershed district and City of Hopkins, is currently working on a refined concept plan for the site.

There will be multiple opportunities for the community engagement on the project, starting with a kickoff event at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Cottageville Park, 415 Blake Rd., Hopkins. Members of the development team and other project partners will be in attendance.

Learn more about the 325 Blake Road redevelopment and sign up for project updates at minnehahacreek.org/325-blake-road.

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