Client Hy-Vee Inc., Anderson Companies
Location New Hope, Minnesota
Scope 13-acre grocery store development on vacant big-box site

Hy-Vee New Hope

Project Details

Westwood’s Role

  • Surveying
  • Construction Staking
  • Site Planning and Entitlements
  • Civil Engineering Site Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Traffic Engineering

Supporting Hy-Vee’s Entry to the Metro

Master planning by the City of New Hope was already underway on this vacant 13-acre, previous big-box center when developers approached with plans for a Hy-Vee. This Hy-Vee development would be one of the first in the Twin Cities and was welcomed as a way to spur economic development in the area. Anderson Companies, a long-standing Westwood client, introduced Hy-Vee to our one-stop-shop approach to land development. The end result is a 90,000 SF grocery store including a restaurant, deli, wine shop, bakery, and an organic food section. A gas station and medical outlot pad were also included in the development.

Multi-level Coordination Leads to Entitlements

Gaining entitlements was an immediate challenge. Being new to the Twin Cities, Hy-Vee placed its trust in Westwood’s knowledge of the area and ability to help expedite needed approvals to get this project rolling. Accustomed to the critical coordination across multiple agencies, Westwood’s team was proactive in the approval process involving multiple stakeholders including the City, County, State, and Watershed Commission.

The county pushed to improve traffic flow of the area in general. Westwood's traffic engineers negotiated with the county to minimize off-site improvements and preexisting traffic issues beyond the boundary of this property.

Due to the flat terrain, there was no clear way to drain water from the site. Westwood negotiated off-site easements with utilities, as well. The drainage issues required unique infrastructure improvements including a large stormwater vault. In developing this site, the team used existing soil materials which saved the client the extra costs of importing or exporting large quantities of materials.

Unique to this project were ongoing city utility and street improvements adjacent to this property involving a future farmer’s market, civic center, and swimming pool which required yet another level of coordination. 

Aesthetically, the result of this Hy-Vee building and property goes beyond your typical grocery store. Westwood's landscape architects were involved from beginning to end, transforming a previously blighted site into an attractive, welcoming property with extensive plantings, less hard surface, and more natural beauty.