Oxford Village

Location: 439 North Blake Road, Hopkins, MN 55343

Nominated by: Project for Pride in Living, Inc.

 The Oxford Village is a new affordable apartment complex in the City of Hopkins that is a key asset in helping to provide affordable housing options to the City’s residents, including those who have experienced homelessness. Built along a main arterial roadway, the Oxford Village capitalizes on the existing transit options while also being in a prime location for the future Blake Road Station on the Southwest Light Rail. The 51-unit apartment complex enhances the local neighborhood by revitalizing formerly contaminated land, which couples well with the addition of a new city park across the street.

Six adjacent properties were purchased to create Oxford Village. The 51-unit apartment complex now sits on the former site of 6 duplexes built in 1951 with significant asbestos. Upgradient sites included a dry cleaner, laundromat, six leaking underground storage tank sites from two gas stations, a department store, a car wash, and a tire and service center. After conducting necessary environmental testing, asbestos abatement was completed prior to demolition and the soil on site was contaminated due to prior use and 360 tons of contaminated soil had to be removed. Because of soil vapor contamination from several upgradient sources, a vapor mitigation system was constructed for the apartment building. An added challenge to the remediation was the high groundwater table on site, and it required an innovative construction for the vapor barrier and elevator pit and intermittent contaminated groundwater discharge to the sanitary sewer.

The Oxford Village apartments transformed a blighted area and provided hope and opportunity to many people and families who are seeking affordable housing options. By the time Oxford Village opened, the building was already fully occupied, with many more people on the waiting list. The apartment complex features walking access to a variety of local businesses and a new city park across the street. The development of Oxford Village will continue to enhance the community need for years to come.

Project Financing

  • $10.757,616 – Private Capital/Equity
  • $885,000 – Loans
  • $182,851 – State Funding
  • $1,539,930 –  Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities Grants – Transit Oriented Development
  • $160,572 – Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities Grants – Tax Base Revitalization Account
  • $725,000 – Hennepin County HOME Investment Partnerships Program
  • $400,000 – Hennepin County Transit Oriented Development
  • $191,830 – Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund
  • $275,336 – Sales Tax and Energy Rebates

Project Partners

  • Wells Fargo
  • Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
  • Hennepin County
  • Metropolitan Council
  • City of Hopkins
  • Minnesota Brownfields
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Cermak Rhoades Architects
  • WSB Associates, Inc.
  • Landmark Environmental
  • Element Materials Design, Inc.
  • Weis Builders
  • Kevitt Excavating