Elevate at Southwest Station is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development located off Technology Drive and Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie. This project consists of 222 market rate and affordable apartment units plus 13,000 sq ft of retail space at grade.
Its location near the light rail, retail (Shops at Southwest Station), and Purgatory Creek Park were determining factors in the number of apartments included in this project.
Being a transit-oriented development, the site design was carefully planned to have direct access to the Southwest Station, a multimodal transit hub that supports both commuter bus routes, a light-rail train stop, and a park and ride parking ramp. The project also sought to encourage pedestrian and bicycle use through sidewalk and trail connections. Decorative walks and landscaping were used to create these connections to the adjacent pathways and nearby Purgatory Creek Park. Conversely, these same paths were designed to allow visitors to reach the retail stores at the heart of the site without having to cross a vehicular route. Ample bicycle storage areas and a bike fix-it station were integrated into the project as well.
Amenities Galore For Residents
Situated in one of the Twin Cities’ most dynamic communities, Elevate at Southwest Station gives new meaning to suburban living. Residents can take in the beautiful views at Purgatory Park, head outdoors to hit the trails, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurant options right outside their door.
This complex offers a perfect blend of neighborhood conveniences with on-site retail and restaurants (including Five Guys, Gent, Good Clinic, PROSE Nails, and Brick & Bourbon) and high-end finishes and amenities.
Plus, Elevate’s convenient location offers quick and easy Metro transit access to downtown. Easy commute around the Twin Cities as well, with Highway 212 and Interstates 494, 62, and 169 nearby. Just minutes from Eden Prairie Center, Costco, Lifetime Fitness, and more.
Challenges We Faced
The site, which was previously developed as part of a larger multi-building commercial development, contained two failed restaurant buildings. Redeveloping this site meant fitting the desired number of apartments, new commercial space, and the associated parking into a confined space surrounded by other buildings and businesses that could not be disrupted during construction or upon completion of the project. Due to these challenges, it was crucial that we study site access, construction staging, vehicular circulation, and parking during the initial design. Our design team was highly collaborative with the adjacent businesses and property owners to assure a symbiotic coexistence when the project was complete.
This project also involved coordinating with more governmental or regulatory entities (such as Metro Transit, various city departments, and the watershed district) than we normally work with for one project, which created an additional challenge. Our team took this in stride with regular communication and meetings to keep all stakeholders engaged.
In the end, Elevate at Southwest Station represents a tremendous success for our team. Taking a desirable, yet challenging site and designing a development that worked within the requirements was no small feat.
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