Arbor lakesMain Street and its accompanying anchors represent the inceptive phase of Arbor Lakes, beginning in 1997. Largely unchartered in suburban environments, city planners worked closely with developers to pioneer a relatively dense, urban commercial and residential district in the geographic heart of the city. Main Street runs north-south near the west end of the Arbor Lakes district, intersecting Elm Creek Boulevard at the south and Weaver Lake Road at the north.
Unlike more traditional, historic “main streets” (which grew little by little over the course of several decades), Maple Grove’s Main Street was built over an approximate five-year time span, from 1997 to 2001. Main Street is surrounded by junior anchors (e.g., Byerly’s, Babies R Us, JoAnn Etc., Sports Authority) and other retail/restaurants (e.g., Olive Garden, Buca di Beppo).
The Main Street district is directly adjacent to the Great River Energy headquarters, which is located just east of Main Street. Great River Energy relocated its headquarters from Elk River to Maple Grove in 2008, constructing what became Minnesota’s first Platinum LEED building. The facility incorporates many “green” technologies such as a 250-foot (76 m) wind turbine, photovoltaic cells, rain gardens, rainwater re-use, green/recycled building materials, and so on.
North of Main Street is Maple Grove’s public library and a Lifetime Fitness location.
The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes
The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove, Minnesota
The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes is a 412,000-square-foot (38,300 m2) lifestyle center located at the intersection of Hemlock Lane and Elm Creek Boulevard in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The mall was designed by KKE Architects of Minneapolis and developed by Opus Northwest in collaboration with Red Development. The center opened September 12, 2003. The Shoppes are designed to have the look and feel of a traditional Main Street. Unlike a regional mall, which would have anchor tenants (generally department stores such as Macy’s or Nordstrom), the lifestyle center aims to have smaller, boutique-style stores.
Local stores also have a presence at the Shoppes. Hot Mama, which also has a location at Edina’s 50th & France shopping district, Francesca’s Collections, and GoodThings represent the local presence at the Shoppes.
The primary target markets for lifestyle centers such as the Shoppes are affluent women and youth. These demographic groups also happen to have the most purchasing power in the United States of America.
In 2005, Opus and Red Development worked to open Woodbury Lakes in Woodbury, Minnesota, an eastern suburb that shares similar demographics with Maple Grove. In October 2009, Woodbury Lakes went into bankruptcy but remains open to the public.
The Fountains at Arbor Lakes
The Fountains at Arbor Lakes is a “hybrid power center” retail concept, approximately 850,000 square feet (79,000 m2) in size (nearby Ridgedale, while an enclosed regional mall, contains approximately the same square footage).
The retail center has several small land parcels available for development, while the majority of the center is leased.
The Village at Arbor Lakes
As part of the most recent phase of the Arbor Lakes regional commercial center, The Village at Arbor Lakes will feature up to 700 apartment units among four high-density buildings, two hotels, one of them a 128-room SpringHill Suites Hotel, the other one a 108-room Home2 Suites room, and a pair of multi-tenant buildings. Plans for development in this area had been changing since 2007, with the first proposed development, the Reflections at Arbor Lakes, falling apart due to the Great Recession, and two other projects, one of them being called the Point at Arbor Lakes, being turned down in 2014. The Maple Grove City Council approved “The Village at Arbor Lakes” in April 2016, with construction starting two months later.