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.
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.