Champlin to seek proposals for restaurant/event center

SUN PRESS Newspapers

The Champlin City Council met Monday, Aug. 12, to discuss the upcoming projects in the community as well review the budget and recognize the city’s achievements.

Council members had a work session meeting to discuss the draft of the Request for Proposal to build a riverside multistory restaurant/event center at the intersection of Hwy. 169 and Miller Road. The city would like to build at the site to promote tourism. Area builder and Champlin resident Jordan Leopold and his team have expressed interest in building at the site. The council would like to look into other builders plans within the next 60 days to review various submittals.

However, Deputy City Administrator, John Cox worries the plan “does not put this site in a competitive process, but we’re not anticipating that we will have a very large response to our RFP.” However, he’d like to encourage the competitive environment in terms of creativity. The council hopes to have a project plan by Dec. 31 and break ground in spring.

Councilman Ryan Karasek said, “Mississippi Crossings is going to be a great project. We’ve got something really special here and we don’t want to sell ourselves short.” The city came to the conclusion to take more time to open the RFP to other builders to get more options.

Mayor Nelson agrees, “There’s no reason to rush it, this is a big deal.”


Mayor Armand Nelson announced that dinner and a movie will be at Andrew’s Park on Friday Aug. 16 at 8:30 p.m. He also reminded residents that the farmer’s market will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 25 in the ice forum parking lot.


The city was recognized for its excellence in financial reporting for the tenth consecutive year. Minnesota State Rep. Mark Uglem was recognized as a 2013 league of Minnesota cities legislator of distinction. Mayor Nelson declared Sept. 14, 2013, as John Whalen Day in the City of Champlin. Mr. Whalen is a former Champlin Dayton Athletic Association (CDAA) Executive Director and was recognized for over ten years of service and contributions to the city’s youth.