SURVEY SAYS… Does Champlin need more restaurants?

Mississippi Crossings could be the answer to survey takers’ wishes

Nearly half of the respondents in the 2012 Champlin Survey said they would like to see more restaurants in Champlin. While 49 percent of respondents said they would like to see more restaurants, 29 percent wish the city was home to more entertainment establishments such as movie theaters and night clubs. Additionally, 32 percent would like to see more service and retail establishments come to Champlin.

The American Neurology Association offices which wrap around a parking garage in Minneapolis near the Guthrie are an example of liner buildings.

The American Neurology Association offices which wrap around a parking garage in Minneapolis near the Guthrie are an example of liner buildings.

When delving into these figures deeper, the survey reveals of those who would like to see more development or redevelopment in the city, 28 percent would like to see more family sit-down restaurants. Fine dining and entertainment each garnered 10 percent of the respondents’ votes.

The news may mean the city is on the right track with their redevelopment efforts of Mississippi Crossings located along the Mississippi River at the north end of Highway 169. Residents who would like to see more dining, entertainment and service establishments in Champlin may eventually get their wish. The preferred land use plan for Mississippi Crossings calls for a hotel and event center that would also house a restaurant. Other retail spaces could become home to more services and food establishments. The area is also proposed to be home to apartments, row houses, trails, and amphitheater and more.

The project design for a parking garage includes a relatively new design feature called liner buildings. These are buildings that wrap around the outside of the parking garage that can house retail or commercial businesses, even residences.

“These buildings serve as a sort of facade for the parking structure within, creating a more appealing aesthetic,” said Cox. “We really want people coming into Champlin to see something really special about it.”

In the next several weeks the city will learn the results of a market study done on the project by Marquette Advisors.  Cox said the results of the market study will provide more insight into what types of uses are feasible within the project area which will help refine the city’s plans.

 

Contact Mindy Mateuszczyk at mindy.m@ecm-inc.com

 
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