Opus Station Area Sustainable Development Plan

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Opus Station Area Sustainable Development Plan

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs





The Southwest Light Rail Transit line is proposed to run from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, with the Opus Station planned for the center of the 640-acre Opus Business Park, the largest employment center in Minnetonka. In anticipation of redevelopment around the proposed Opus station, the City of Minnetonka’s Planning Department sought recommendations for how to make future development sustainable. Graduate students in a capstone workshop in urban planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs taught by Dr. Carissa Schively Slotterback worked with City staff and other stakeholders to create this sustainability plan for the station area to guide future development of the site. The plan includes an analysis of existing conditions, examples of transit-oriented developments in other suburban business parks nationwide, a detailed site plan for sustainable development of the site, and specific recommendations for promoting and implementing sustainability on the site. The report serves as a model for other communities interested in addressing sustainability at the site level.

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This project was supported by a grant from the Community Growth Options (U-CGO) program, a joint project of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

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Curtner, Sarah; Flanders, Nicholas; Greco, Michael D; Kline, Christopher D; Pearson, Joshua; Qadir Sheikh, Abdul; Trabelsi, Andrea. (2010). Opus Station Area Sustainable Development Plan. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/203623.

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