Background

 

In 2005, the Hopkins Chief of Police turned to the community for assistance to improve the quality of life in the Blake Road neighborhood. Residents, landlords, business owners, the faith community, school officials, representatives from non-profit organizations, and local and county government officials came together to discuss strategies to revitalize the area and formed the “Blake Road Corridor Stakeholders Group.” This group worked together to raise funds which went toward increasing police patrols, creating youth summer programming, and requesting an extensive community assessment to be completed by the Wilder Foundation in 2008. Based on social service recommendations from this study, local agencies ResourceWest and Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA Food Shelf) began to oversee additional community outreach and engagement in the Corridor. In late 2009, with support of the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a Community Action Plan was created to guide BRCC activities in 2010.