About the Project
City Hall was originally built in 1964 and some areas were renovated in 1989. The police department, which is not included in the 2019 project, was previously renovated when they took over the fire department space and added their entrance in 2005. Since the renovation in 2005, there has been confusion about where residents enter City Hall. We are hoping that by making a slightly larger main entrance (300 sq. ft. expansion) and adding additional signage, residents will have a better idea where to find the services they are looking for.
Beyond the main entrance, the project includes renovations to the City Hall area (lobby, council chambers, conference rooms and staff areas) replacement of the windows, landscaping and the roof.
“A lot has changed over the last 30 years to our operations and technology, and our physical environment needs to be updated to better suit the changing needs of the community,” said City Manager Mike Mornson. “The renovations will allow us to more efficiently utilize our space to serve the residents of Hopkins, along with numerous other benefits, such as energy efficiency and improved security.”
The project is currently estimated to be $4.8 million. To fund the majority of the upgrade, the City Council plans to increase the City’s Franchise Fees for Xcel Energy $1.30 per month and CenterPoint $1.30 per month for residential customers (amounts vary for all other account types depending on size). There will also be a 3.4% contribution from the communications fund and 14.8% will be levied. For a median valued home owner the levy contribution equates to $9.06 per year.
Services during Construction
Construction on the project is expected to take eight months. City Hall employees will be moving into temporary office space in other city facilities. Beginning in January, residents will be able to receive assistance with utility bills, permits, licenses or notary at the Hopkins Fire Station, 101 17th Avenue S.
Staff Availability and Meeting Rooms
Meeting space at the fire station will be very limited. We recommend calling ahead (952-935-8474) whenever possible to schedule appointments to ensure staff is available and able to meet with residents as needed.
Utility Billing Drop Box
The drop box at City Hall will not be available during the project. A red drop box will be available at the south side of the fire station starting January 1.
City Council and Commission Meetings
After January 3, City Council and Board and Commission meetings will be held at the fire station, although some workshops and special meetings may be moved to alternate locations.
We recommend calling City Hall ahead or visiting the Current Updates & Changes page to check locations prior to meetings.