HKGi

HOISINGTON KOEGLER GROUP INC.

DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN AND STREETSCAPE DESIGN

Osseo, MN

2015 SENSIBLE LAND USE COALITION GREAT PLACES AWARD

HKGi led Osseo’s redevelopment planning process and created the forward-thinking Redevelopment Master Plan, which provides a long-term future vision, guiding principles, and conceptual plan for the community. The plan defines unique districts based on character, location, and type of redevelopment potential and balances preservation of the city’s unique small town character with the need to invest in redevelopment projects that will improve downtown’s vitality.

Since the plan’s passage, several initiatives have been implemented, including construction of new housing developments and an HKGi-designed streetscape reconstruction of Central Avenue. A growing downtown residential population is providing support for new and existing businesses along Central Avenue, and the streetscape has been instrumental in lending an attractive character to the downtown area.

In 2015 Downtown Osseo was named one of the Sensible Land Use Coalition’s Twin Cities Great Places in recognition of the downtown’s newfound vibrancy and mix of successful public and private ventures. For both projects the community provided invaluable input into the design process. HKGi conducted streetscape orientation workshops an involved community members in identifying appropriate investment levels and design character.