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What should go here?: Mayon Plastics

A feature that asks residents how Hopkins should fill its vacant spaces.

Hopkins has several exciting development projects on the horizon, but vacant properties still dot the community’s real estate landscape.

While there’s little doubt residents would like to fill those properties, they also offer the opportunity to remake Hopkins’ landscape.

In this feature, Patch asks you to imagine the future of these spaces. Do you see a new restaurant? A new store? Something no one else has considered? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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415 17th Ave. N.

What was it? Mayon Plastics

Vacant: Since at least the fall of 2007, although it’s not clear exactly when it was abandoned.

Current owner: Myon Properties

Age of structure: 1955

Area: 37,604 square feet

Sale price: $950,000

History: This Hopkins mainstay was long home to a plant that made plastic tubing—although at one point plastic tubing was made on one side of the building and mayonnaise was made on the other, said Kersten Elverum, the city’s economic development director. A year ago, Deephaven developer Stonehenge USA to build a retail center a national sport haircut business, a national paint and decorating business and a tanning operation. Work was supposed to start in August, but progress has since stalled. Elverum expects the developer will let the contract go, although she said other interested parties could surface.

 

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James Warden April 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Great idea! With Ugorets glass perhaps?
Chris Nelson April 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Either demolished and simply made into a nice "green space" or perhaps a "mom and pop" type garden store, a la Uncommon Gardens (http://www.uncommongardens.com/) or Tangletown Gardens (http://tangletowngardens.com/) in Minneapolis.
Matthew Kilanowski April 11, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Perhaps it should be redeveloped it for the businesses along Shady Oak Road that are being hosed by that road being widened. I'm sure that a bakery, a deli, and a liquor store would fare very well in this location.
James Warden April 11, 2012 at 09:46 PM
That would keep them in a heavily trafficked area and preserve local businesses.
Catie Leclare May 27, 2012 at 09:16 AM
Put a Culvers or Red Robin Restaurant.

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