Mississippi Crossings Redevelopment Area

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Mississippi Crossings Redevelopment Area 2017-05-10T16:27:36+00:00
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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 million reconstruction of the Elm Creek Dam.  The Dam received The American Council of Engineers Assocations (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 the fall of 2017, the City expects to begin a $6.3 million, multi-phased clean-up of the Mill Pond.  To date, $2 million has been secured from the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) and the Elm Creek Watershed.  The City is working to secure the balance through the bonding bill this legislative session.  To learn more, visit the link at http://ci.champlin.mn.us/mill-pond-restoration/
    • The City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission are revising plans for Mississippi Point and D.C. Chandler Parks based on community feedback.
    • The City has hired Kimley-Horn, a planning and engineering firm, to prepare concept plans for the area north and east of the highway corridor including the future restaurant site.
    • United Properties has submitted plans for their $30 million, modified 5-story senior cooperative community near the Anoka-Champlin bridge.  Plans for the Applewood Pointe at the Mississippi Crossings project are expected to be reviewed by the Planning Commission in May.
    • The City is planning for at least one full-service riverfront restaurant near the Elm Creek Dam.  While restaurants will need to wait for the completion of the highway project (mid-2019), the City has already begun meeting with brokers, developers and prospective restauranteurs.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the status of these projects, please contact John Cox at (763) 923-7104 or jcox@ci.champlin.mn.us.