Update #1 (8/20/19): Construction Begins!
Transformation of the former Hudson Building into The Confluence begins this week! Formerly known as Great River Landing, the name “confluence” represents a coming together or gathering point. The project will renovate the former 100,000 s.f. manufacturing facility into a hotel, apartment, and commercial space. Creation of a new riverfront park, deck overlook, and an expansion of the riverfront trail is also included. The facility will be open by the end of 2020.
Starting the week of August 19th, contractors will begin grading and landscaping work for the park facility. This will include a brief closure of the riverfront trail through the site to accommodate tree removal and grading activities. A new wider riverfront trail will enter the park complete with extensive tree and landscape planting. The trail will provide access to a new 3,000 s.f. deck constructed over the former concrete pilings of a demolished section of the building. The new deck is nearly the size of the Riverfront Pavilion Building and will be open to the public. Plaza space and public seating areas are also included.
Work within the building will begin in September and include a 69 room hotel, 20 apartment units, 350 seat banquet facility, and restaurant space. Completion of the project is anticipated in late 2020.
Development of The Confluence is the fulfillment of over 10 years of work by the City of Hastings, the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA), and site developer Confluence Development. The project is made possible through $4.9 million in grant funding through Metropolitan Council, Dakota County Community Development Agency, US EPA, and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.