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HEDRA Redevelopment Site Update

Planning for the Hudson Redevelopment site continues to progress. Located along the Mississippi River in Downtown Hastings, the site contains a 150,000 s.f. office warehouse building on 3.8 acres adjacent to the new TH 61 Bridge. Formerly Home to Hudson Manufacturing, it remains the last industrial property on the downtown riverfront. Redevelopment offers a unique opportunity to strengthen Hastings’ river presence and to extend downtown west of the TH 61 Bridge. A site of national significance, Hudson abuts two National Register Historic Districts and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA) purchased the facility in 2010. With the assistance of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a building reuse study was commissioned in 2011. The study team of Stark Preservation Planning and Claybaugh Preservation Architecture held several meetings with business and citizen stakeholders. The final study released in December 2011 documented the reuse potential of the building and suggested a variety of uses including hotel, retail, restaurant, office, and condominium. The Study recommended removal of the 1974 concrete tip-up building. The 48,000 s.f. addition is only a few feet from the Mississippi River and not in character with the historic downtown. Removal of the building will provide additional riverfront greenspace and enhanced trail links between downtown and existing riverfront parks.

HEDRA has been fortunate to receive over $480,000 in grant funding to offset acquisition, environmental, and demolition costs. Environmental testing is nearly complete. HEDRA will soon submit environmental findings to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in order to secure a Response Action Plan (RAP), a blueprint for clean-up of the site. HEDRA anticipates receipt of the RAP by summer and plans to apply for additional grants to help offset environmental clean-up expenses.

2012 priorities include analyzing market feasibility, determining developer interest, and continuing environmental cleanup. Uses suggested in the Building Reuse Study will be further evaluated to determine market viability. Further developer input and interest will be sought in anticipation of future sale of the property. HEDRA will seek public input on demolition of the 1974 addition, upon favorable review, removal could occur later in the year.

For More Information Contact: John Hinzman Community Development Director City of Hastings 651-480-2378 jhinzman@ci.hastings.mn.us

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