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Opportunity Site Initial Development Proposal

In 2018, the City of Brooklyn Center awarded a Preliminary Development Agreement to Alatus for a portion of the City-owned property within the Opportunity Site. In 2019, Alatus’ focus narrowed to a smaller 15-acre area in the southwest corner of the Opportunity Site. Click the below links to learn more about the project team, and the proposed site programming.

Project Team

Development Partners Project Site

Proposed Site Programming

Community Engagement Pilot Program

In January 2021, city staff began a discussion with the City Council about what the Phase III of engagement for the Opportunity Site might look like. From this discussion, the City engaged NEOO partners, a firm skilled at place-based community driven development strategies, to development an engagement strategy that would:

  1. Provide tools for deeper levels of transparency between the public, City staff, and the City Council, and
  2. clarity of the roles and responsibilities of City Council, City staff, selected Community Partners, the public, and any prospective development partners towards development efforts within the Opportunity Site.

The goal for this higher level of transparency and a shared vision is to ensure that a robust, comprehensive, and meaningful public engagement process happens, and that residents, stakeholders, and the City Council are all aware of the an#cipated community benefits from private investment on the Opportunity Site.

Engagement Approach

In March 2021, NEOO Partners presented to the City Council a community-based engagement strategy that would empower community partners to define the engagement tools and strategies that work best for reaching their particular communities, while clearly defining the role and responsibility of the City Council, its staff, and consultant team in this effort.The City Council has since confirmed this approach for Phase III engagement for the Opportunity Site. Engagement materials are located below:

Past Engagement Phases

Engagement Framework

Public Engagement Narrative

Engagement Calendar of Events – coming

Environmental Review

The initial development will require an environmental assessment worksheet to be completed. There will be a public comment period when the analysis portion of the work is complete. For more information about the EAW process and the steps involved, view the below presentation:

EAW Presentation

Project Engagement Resources

The Opportunity Site Pilot Project development team is hosting regular meetings as part of the city’s Community Engagement Pilot Program. Key materials from these meetings are located below, and will be updated regularly as they become available.

December 8th, 2021 Community Meeting flyer