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.
The initial development required an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to be completed, which reviewed and documented expected environmental impacts. With the initial analysis now completed, the draft EAW is available for public review and comment.
A virtual neighborhood meeting was hosted by the development team on April 26th, 2022 that walked through this specific EAW, including what it is and how to submit comments. The recorded meeting will be uploaded soon.
Recorded Virtual Neighborhood Meeting (link coming soon!)
For more information about the EAW process and the steps involved to complete it, click the below link to download and view the May 24th, 2021 City Council presentation (please be aware that the file size is large, so it may take a few minutes to download):
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:
- Provide tools for deeper levels of transparency between the public, City staﬀ, and the City Council, and
- 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.
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:
Engagement Calendar of Events – coming
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.