Mississippi Crossings Redevelopment Area
- The 160-acre Mississippi Crossings area abuts the Mississippi River south of the historic Anoka-Champlin bridge and sits at the north end of the six-mile Mississippi River Recreational Pool.
- In the mid-1800’s, the Crossings was a landing area for migrating steamboats and home to the Anoka-Champlin ferry service. In the 1900’s, the area blossomed into a vibrant central business district surrounded by growing neighborhoods. More recently, the Crossings has consisted of obsolete commercial structures, dilapidated apartment buildings and vacant lots. Since 1980, the area has seen limited re-investment, declining tax base while city services have grown.
- In 1999, a 26-member citizen task force recommended the City rejuvenate the Mississippi riverfront and old business district. Soon after, the City adopted a Redevelopment Plan that proposed a series of mixed-use and residential and commercial developments along the riverfront. Besides the historic, cultural and geographical significances, the site offers panoramic views of the Twin Cities region.
- While the City has since moved on from the adopted Redevelopment Plan, the Plan did lead to the acquisition and demolition of key properties in the area, including eight apartment buildings. Many of these properties were purchased during a soft real estate market at assessed market values. Eminent domain was not used in the acquisition of properties.
- Recently, there’s been a lot of progress in the Mississippi Crossings area. Below are a few projects that have been completed or are in the pipeline:
- In 2016, the City completed a $6.5 million reconstruction of the Elm Creek Dam. The Dam received The American Council of Engineers Associations (ACEA) Grand Award for quality design and aesthetics. Besides reconstructing an unsound dam, the project removes 60 acres from the floodplain, saving dozens of homeowners and businesses from buying flood insurance.
- In 2017, the City and MnDOT will begin reconstructing the T.H. 169 corridor from Hayden Lake Road to the Anoka-Champlin bridge. Last year, the City secured the final funding pieces for the $15 million project which begins this fall and runs through 2019. For updates on upcoming meetings or the project, visit MnDOT’s website at www.dot.state.mn.us/metero/projects/hwy169champlin.
- In late 2017, the City will also begin a $6.3 million clean-up of the Mill Pond. The project is funded by the State of Minnesota, the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), the Elm Creek Watershed and the City of Champlin. To learn more, visit the link at http://ci.champlin.mn.us/mill-pond-restoration/
- The City commissioned Kimley-Horn, a planning and engineering firm, to prepare concept plans for the Crossings riverfront area. The plan calls for 350 housing units and 55,000 square feet of mixed use and commercial.
- The plans include a full-service riverfront restaurant. The City has hired Cambridge Commercial to market the area and plans. Riverfront sites will be available for development in spring 2019 after the highway project is completed.
- Also in 2017, United Properties will begin construction on a $30 million, 5-story, 85-unit senior cooperative community near the Anoka-Champlin bridge. The development is known as Applewood Pointe of Champlin at Mississippi Crossings.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the status of these projects, please contact John Cox at (763) 923-7104 or email@example.com.