Help Guide the Future of the Medtronic Site

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Help Guide the Future of the Medtronic Site

Please join us for an open house at City Hall (3989 Central Ave NE) on Tue, Jan 9 at 6 pm. This will be an opportunity for the community to learn more and provide feedback on preliminary redevelopment concepts for the Medtronic site located at 800 53rd Ave NE.

After Medtronic put its Sullivan Lake Campus on the market in December 2022, City staff spent the next several months collaborating with the listing broker to provide guidance on potential parameters for redevelopment of the site. As staff received inquiries from developers, it was expressed that the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan limited the site for commercial use with the assumption that Medtronic would remain the primary user. To provide specific guidance for the property, the City is initiating a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to allow for other uses.

The City has engaged consulting firm HKGi to help the City develop a Comprehensive Plan Amendment that will guide future use of the property and prepare the site for redevelopment.

Initial work has so far included evaluating the redevelopment site and neighborhood context through internal staff meetings and workshops in the form of a Joint Session of the Planning Commission and City Council. The open house on Tue, Jan 9 will allow the community to provide feedback regarding the core land use and design elements that have been established thus far. These core elements include the following:
  • Scale high density residential towards Central Ave and lower density housing such as townhomes near Sullivan Lake
  • Street designs that incorporate stormwater management features
  • Integrate public/private spaces
  • Focus on Sullivan Lake and expansion of Sullivan Lake Park as existing community assets
  • Improve Sullivan Lake water quality
  • Targeted residential density of 450-600 units
  • Limited commercial/retail development
Can't attend the open house? An online tool will be available for the community to provide feedback for two weeks following the meeting. Details will be provided on the City website and social media accounts when it launches.

This meeting is being held to gather feedback on the design framework and redevelopment parameters for the City’s Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the site. This process is not the result of a single development proposal and no developers have made any land use applications, which will require separate public engagement and hearings.