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Deephaven Company Plans Retail Center in Old Mayon Building

Stonehenge USA wants to get started on the project this summer.

A Deephaven company wants to build a retail center on the site of the old Mayon building, according to site plans obtained by Hopkins Patch on Wednesday.

Stonehenge USA has submitted site plans to the city for a project at 415 17th Ave. N. dubbed “Stonehenge Hopkins Retail Center.” The company hopes to start work this summer, said David Carland, the company’s vice president of development.

Plans call for using “quite a bit” of the existing building, although there would have to be a partial demolition to make way for additional parking, Carland said.

In all, it would add about 11,000 square feet of new space, according to the plans. There would be about 6,800 square feet of retail space. It would also have 2,000 square feet of restaurant space, allowing seats for 57 diners.

“We think we’ve got some great tenants lined up,” Carland said. “We’re not ready to announce anything at this point.”

The additional space is less than half the existing building’s 24,000 square feet.

The Mayon building has been a Hopkins landmark since 1955, according to Hennepin County property records. A fresh building on the site would add yet another new structure to an increasingly modern intersection that includes buildings such as the LA Fitness facility, completed in January 2009.

The proposed project is still in its very early stages. The developer will host meetings this month to update neighbors about its plans.

Carland expects the finished building to look similar to an Eagan project, which won Stonehenge USA an award from the Minnesota Shopping Center Association.

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