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(Video) Breaking It Down to Build It Back Up

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is demolishing five buildings as part of a project that will both enhance the neighborhood and restore the creek.

The much-anticipated demolition of five Blake Road corridor buildings launched this week.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is performing the work on about two acres of land it bought south of . The project is a partnership in which the city agreed to pay for the design and construction of the expanded parkland.

The extra green space improves water quality, adds space for residents to relax and enhances the image of the neighborhood—in addition to creating the potential for canoe landings.

Workers moved equipment onto the site Thursday and began tearing down the first building Friday morning.

The Hopkins project is part of a larger effort to restore Minnehaha Creek. Two years ago, the district completed a re-meander of the creek next to Methodist Hospital. It will next work on a St. Louis Park section between Louisiana Avenue and the Cedar Lake Regional Trail.

Aaron Kuznia April 04, 2011 at 05:03 PM
I would like to thank the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District for their efforts in purchasing and restoring the areas in and around Blake Road near the Minnehaha Creek in the City of Hopkins. As a former Hopkins Park Board Chair, and current member of the Hopkins Zoning and Planning Commission, we have looked hard at doing something with this area to open it up to Cottageville Park. As you are aware, the City of Hopkins, along with local residents of Blake Road, have been working on a master comprehensive plan for the revitalization of this corridor. I believe the current efforts of the MCWD will be a major improvement to this neighborhood. Thank you, and the rest of the MCWD Board, for efforts in making this revitalization move another step closer to reality!! Aaron Kuznia, Hopkins Resident
Mary Ohm April 04, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Can you look into the destruction of homes along Minnetonka Blvd near Minnetonka Mills? I have heard the city is enlarging the parkland on the area, but someone else told me the land was bought by z developer to construct senior housing.
Mary Ohm April 04, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Can you look into the destruction of homes along Minnetonka Blvd near Minnetonka Mills? I have heard the city is enlarging the parkland on the area, but someone else told me the land was bought by a developer to construct senior housing.
Katelynn Metz April 04, 2011 at 06:09 PM
According to the city of Minnetonka, the homes, located at 12510 and 12418 Minnetonka Boulevard, were purchased by the city last year as part of a larger plan to expand parkland and open space near the Minnehaha Creek corridor. They were torn down in February after Minnetonka Police used them to hold their annual SWAT team training—Katelynn Metz, Minnetonka Patch Editor.

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