Vista 44

Project Background

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (Vista 44 Housing Limited Partnership), requests site plan, rezoning and planned unit development (PUD) approvals to allow construction of a 4-story, 50-unit multifamily apartment building on a 1 acre portion of the parking lot for St. Joseph Church and Chesterton Academy. The proposed development would be located on the green space portion of the parking lot and not reduce the amount of parking available to the church or school. 

According to the applicant, the Vista 44 development will provide rental housing to families earning 50% or less of the area median income (AMI) and will be financed by federal low-income housing tax credits allocated by the State of Minnesota along with various loans and grants from other national, state, local public and private philanthropic sources. There are no City funds supporting this project. Although Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, the development will not be exempt from property taxes. In addition to property taxes that will accrue to the state, City of Hopkins and the school district (estimated to be about $50,000 annually), the development will also pay permitting and utility fees estimated to be over $300,000.

Public Meetings

  • January 19, 2021 - City Council Meeting
  • October 20, 2020 - City Council Meeting
    • Action: Approved a resolution authorizing applications to the Metropolitan Council Tax Base Revitalization Account, DEED Contamination Cleanup, and Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund programs for the Vista 44 project.
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  • June 16, 2020
    • Action: Approved a resolution identifying the need for Livable Communities Demonstration Account Funding and authorizing application for grant funds.
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  • December 17, 2019 - City Council Meeting
    • Action: Approved the second reading of Ordinance 2019-1144. 
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  • December 3, 2019 - City Council Meeting
    • Action: Approved the site plan and first reading of Ordinance 2019-1144, rezoning the subject property from R-5 high density multiple family to mixed use, with a planned unit development (PUD). 
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  • November 26, 2019 - City Council Work Session
    • Action: Held a special work session to further discuss the item. The intent of the meeting was to have a discussion with staff and Beacon interfaith Housing Collaborative. Public testimony was not taken at this meeting; no formal action.  
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  • November 4, 2019 - City Council Meeting
    • Action: Moved to table a decision on site plan review, rezoning and planned unit development applications on this project to a future meeting.
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  • October 22, 2019 - Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting 
    • Action: Held a public hearing to consider site plan, rezoning and planned unit development (PUD) applications and with a vote of 4-2, made a recommendation of approval to the City Council.  
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  • August 20, 2019 - City Council Meeting
    • Action: Reviewed the concept plan and provided feedback; no formal action.
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  • July 23, 2019 - Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
    • Action: Reviewed the concept plan and provided feedback; no formal action.
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