A regular meeting of the Hopkins Housing and Redevelopment Authority was held June 4, 2013, at Hopkins City Hall. Present were Chairman Eugene Maxwell and Commissioners Molly Cummings, Kristi Halverson and Cheryl Youakim. Commissioner Jason Gadd was absent. Also present were Executive Director Mike Mornson, Assistant Executive Director Kersten Elverum and City Attorney Jerry Steiner.
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. OPEN AGENDA - PUBLIC COMMENTS
III. CONSENT AGENDA
Schedule special HRA meeting on June 18, 2013, at 7 p.m.
for a public hearing on the sale of land at 108, 112 and 120 Shady Oak Road.
Commissioner Cummings moved, Commissioner Halverson seconded, to approve the consent agenda. The motion was approved unanimously
VI. NEW BUSINESS
ITEM 2013-02 Purchase Agreement, Mokabaka, LLC
Ms. Elverum provided an overview of the three purchase agreements before the HRA. She explained that in 2014, Hennepin County, in partnership with the cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka, will begin construction on the widening of County Road 61, also known as Shady Oak Road. This project will require the acquisition of additional right-of-way. In order to maximize the benefits of the road project and minimize the impacts, Hennepin County awarded the cities $3 million in Community Works funds to conduct a variety of activities, including property acquisition, demolition and construction of new parking areas.
The City of Hopkins has been in negotiations with several of the property owners and is now in a position to move forward with three property acquisitions that will utilize the Community Works funds to create redevelopment opportunities and replacement parking in the corridor.
Ms. Elverum detailed the terms of each agreement. City Attorney Steiner indicated that the seller has requested a change to detail that both Snap Print and Studio Tan will be allowed to occupy the Mokabaka property while the redevelopment property is completed.
Commissioner Youakim moved, Commissioner Halverson seconded, to approve the Purchase Agreement between the Hopkins Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Mokabaka, LLC, with the provision that Snap Print and Studio Tan will be allowed to occupy the property while the redevelopment property is completed. The motion was approved unanimously.