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RFP for the Cold Storage Site at 325 Blake Road in Hopkins

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), as owner, and the City of Hopkins (City), as a partner, are requesting qualifications to develop a transit-oriented neighborhood on the current Hopkins Cold Storage site at 325 Blake Road in Hopkins, Minnesota.  This rare 17-acre site features the natural beauty of Minnehaha Creek, direct access to Blake Road and the Cedar Lake Regional Trail, and adjacency to both the Blake Road Station on the Green Line Extension and the newly-reimagined Cottageville Park.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District purchased 325 Blake Road in 2011 as a key piece of the Minnehaha Greenway, more than 50 acres of continuous green space along Minnehaha Creek through Hopkins and St. Louis Park.  With plans to treat over 260 acres of regional stormwater and restore over 1,000 feet of Minnehaha Creek frontage, MCWD and the City seek a creative, qualified master developer to partner with on restoration and redevelopment of the site.

This redevelopment will be a critical site in a greater effort to revitalize the Blake Road corridor in Hopkins, the site of the Blake Road Station on the Green Line Extension-Southwest Light Rail (LRT) line and a host of other redevelopment work.  The property offers a unique opportunity for mixed-use, transit-oriented development within a brief walk of vast amenities, transit connections and green space.

An optional pre-submittal meeting will be held at Hopkins Center for the Arts (HCA) on January 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 

Responses are due in the MCWD office by 4:30 p.m. central time, February 14, 2018.

All questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to:

Michael Hayman, Planner & Project Manager



The RFQ and corresponding attachments (A-X) may be accessed by the following link: www.minnehahacreek.org/325-blake-road-RFQ

Developers intending to submit a response are asked to inform the MCWD via email so they can be notified of any changes or clarifications to this RFQ. Emails should be sent to Michael Hayman at: mhayman@minnehahacreek.org.

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