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.

The City of Hopkins received a $805,700 contamination investment grant from the Metropolitan Council for asbestos abatement and limited demolition of the vacant cold storage warehouse at 325 Blake Rd. The warehouse is set to be demolished in late summer.

The 17-acre site is in the early stages of redevelopment. The property owner, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, recently selected Minneapolis-based Kraus Anderson as master developer. Thirteen acres will be transformed into a mixed-income residential development. The remaining four acres will be retained by the watershed district to restore the most degraded stretch of the Minnehaha Creek and create more greenspace for the community.

The grant is part of the Met Council’s Livable Communities program, which is an incentive-based approach to help communities achieve their goals. Other funders include the city, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Hennepin County, Minnesota Public Facilities Authority and the Cleaner Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

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I am a reporter for the Sun Sailor, covering Minnetonka, Excelsior, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Deephaven, Greenwood, Woodland and the Hopkins School District.

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