St. Louis Park hoping to reboot historic part of town

June 23, 2019 11:23 PM

It’s been years in the making, but St. Louis Park is slowly reviving the downtown it truly never had.

The Historic Walker Lake area is undergoing a revitalization – from restaurants, bars, music studios to clothing shops. 


And it’s not done yet.

“This was a very industrial neighborhood when we first setup shop here and it's become really cool all of a sudden,” said Nathan Kinney, Owner of Rock Camp Experience in St. Louis Park.

The studio is a place for adult musicians to re-ignite their passion for music, learn new songs and then perform with their newly-formed band.

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Rock Camp Experience is one of several establishments filling the new landscape where what’s old is suddenly new again.

The city is right now in the process of overhauling the roads and sidewalks in order to prepare the area with the infrastructure needed to spur development.

“I mean right up the street is Hopkins -- they have a great Main Street there with a lot of thriving businesses, and I think St. Louis Park could use that a little bit,” said Kinney.

In fact, city historians tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that a century ago, the area was supposed to be that neighborhood-feeling downtown, but it never got there.

It’s been mostly neglected until now.

“Ever since Uptown got bougie, it's moving a little bit west I think,” Kinney said, with a laugh.

A Merchant’s Association has been formed to help the city navigate through the next steps in the process.

That includes future public meetings and key decisions on zoning, signage, and street furniture.

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