8th Avenue South between Excelsior Blvd and Mainstreet
The City of Hopkins has long realized the need to improve the connection between Excelsior Blvd and Mainstreet for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
The plan for a Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) station at 8th Avenue South and Excelsior Blvd has underlined that need and identified an important goal of attracting transit riders to Downtown Hopkins.
Because 8th Avenue South is the intersection of the future LRT Station, is a signaled intersection, and is already designated as the bicycle connection between the Cedar Lake LRT trail and the Lake Minnetonka LRT trail, it makes sense to focus on 8th Avenue South as the main north-south connection between Excelsior Blvd and Mainstreet.
Furthermore, the west side of 8th Avenue South offers some significant redevelopment opportunities. The first redevelopment along this corridor will be the Gallery Flats Apartments, on the former Park Nicollet medical clinic site.