The City of Hopkins and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) selected Alatus as the development partner to lead a transformative redevelopment of approximately 12 acres of the 17-acre site at 325 Blake Road.
MCWD will retain approximately five acres of the site for restoration, including stormwater treatment and public natural space.
Selection Process Timeline
The City and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (the Partners) solicited interest in redevelopment of the 325 Blake Road site through a request for letters of interest. The Partners reviewed all responses and developed a recommended select list of five developers for advancement to developer roundtable meetings and the request for proposal (RFP) process.
Following roundtable meetings with each of the developer teams, the Partners issued the RFP for development of a portion of the 325 Blake Road site. The RFP was guided by the joint Development Vision (PDF) that was adopted by the Partners and informed through community engagement. All five development firms submitted proposals.
On May 26-27, 2021, the Review Committee – a joint committee comprised of three MCWD Board managers and two Hopkins City Council members – conducted interviews of the five development teams. Following the interviews, the Review Committee considered the merits of each proposal and voted unanimously to advance three firms as finalists – Alatus, Sherman Associates and Wellington Management – for joint Board of Managers and City Council consideration.
On June 9, 2021 the Partners participated in a series of site tours hosted by each of the developers.
The Hopkins City Council and MCWD Board of Managers held a joint meeting on June 17, 2021 to conduct interviews of the developer finalists and selected Alatus as the master developer for the 325 Blake Road site.