Hopkins is the proposed site for three transit stations, which would have a significant impact on future development in the city. A station areaplanning study was completed in 2010 for each of the suburbs that will be connected bythe SWLRT, including Hopkins.
In Hopkins, station area planning occured around and within a ½ mile radius of the station locations at Blake Road, in Downtown Hopkins and at Shady Oak Road.
For more information, download the following sections from the final Station Area Planning Document:
If you would like to view the entire document for all 12 proposed stations in the southwest metro, please contact Kersten Elverum at 952-548-6340.
The planning approach focused on the development of station area plans that build upon county and municipal planning work while searching for new and creative planning that supports and enhances LRT. Public involvement throughout the process was critical to maintaining the unique identity of Hopkins and ensuring that LRT will be successfully embraced as an amenity for the southwest region.
In 2009, three Master of Urban and Regional Planning students from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota completed a study of 8th Ave S as a connector between the future Downtown Hopkins LRT Station and Mainstreet. The study was given the award for Outstanding Student Project by the Minnesota chapter of the American Planning Association.
That study in particular highlighted the need for a “pedestrian seductive” experience along 8th Avenue South through streetscape improvements, active first floor uses, and circulation options from the station throughout Downtown.
There is now a new way to submit your ideas on the Southwest LRT station areas and to comment on other people’s ideas. The goal is to generate discussion for how areas around planned LRT stations should change in anticipation of light rail coming in 2018.
Click this link to access the interactive tool: http://www.swbeyondtherails.com/
Visit the Southwest Transitway Study Web site.
Since June 2006, the City of Hopkins has partnered with Hennepin County and heard from residents through open houses and community meetings in order to determine the best methods for development of light rail transit in Hopkins. The findings are compiled in the October 2007 Hopkins Station Area Plan Final Report 4.5MB, now being used as a guide for further Station Area Planning.