Jason Haugen Joins Canterbury Park As Director of Development

Industry expert will oversee $400 million redevelopment of Canterbury Commons in Shakopee, Minn.

Jason Haugen has been named Director of Development for Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Haugen’s primary focus will be the redevelopment of 140 acres of underutilized property known as Canterbury Commons. This property is envisioned as a multi-use redevelopment and is expected to attract more than $400 million in private investment while creating new and in-demand housing options, high-wage employment opportunities, and entertainment venues in the southwest Twin Cities suburb. An additional priority for Haugen is the fostering of unique dining and lodging options that will complement the existing racetrack, card casino, and year-round entertainment destination.

“Adding Jason to the Canterbury Park team is a huge win,” company president Randy Sampson said. “He has skills that align perfectly with the Canterbury Commons vision. His experience and contacts will keep the project moving forward efficiently as we create a gateway to Shakopee and an asset for our community.”

Haugen is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, earning a B.S. in Geology. He worked in the environmental and engineering field where he was exposed to multiple development projects which led him to enroll in an MBA program at the University of St. Thomas with a focus in Finance and Real Estate.

Past positions include Development Associate with Schafer Richardson, Director of Real Estate Development with Master Properties Minnesota, and Director of Business Development with Newport Partners. Haugen’s last development role was with Kilbourne Group where he managed development and programming for a number of mixed-use buildings. Kilbourne Group revitalized downtown Fargo, North Dakota with $250 million in development and construction.

“I am happy to have landed back in Minnesota for this awesome opportunity,” Haugen said. “I plan to draw on my background working with the culture creators and design professionals to create unique and memorable opportunities for Canterbury guests and the southwest metro community.”

In his new position Haugen is also tasked with project management involving the infrastructure improvements around Canterbury Commons, working with governmental agencies and other parties to obtain necessary project permits and entitlements and to also market the development opportunities to the real estate community.

“Canterbury Park leadership and the City of Shakopee have really done an outstanding job putting the pieces in place for a transformative project,” Haugen said. “There are great development opportunities with the investments being made in the infrastructure around the facility. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the team at Canterbury mere months after construction broke ground in October with Doran Companies on the Triple Crown Project.  The team have raised the bar and set the tone with their highly amenitized multifamily residential project. As we move ahead the focus will continue to be on more live, stay, work, and play options for RiverSouth and the Shakopee community. ”

The first improvements broke ground in October 2018 and consist of 300 multifamily units in the Triple Crown project and the road construction and extension of Shenandoah Drive and Hauer Trail that are designed to improve the connectivity of the neighborhoods and the new development.

Canterbury Commons Is Off And Running

Ground Breaking Celebrates Major Redevelopment at Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park CEO Randy Sampson, along with Shakopee Mayor Bill Mars and officials from the city and Doran Companies, celebrated the beginning of Canterbury Commons with a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday. The multi-use redevelopment is expected to attract more than $400 million in private investment while creating new and in-demand housing options and high-wage employment opportunities in Shakopee, as well as additional dining and entertainment venues, while improving traffic flow in the area.

Now underway is construction of the first phase, a $100 million multi-family residential complex known as Triple Crown and led by Doran Companies.  The extension of Shenandoah Drive, which will provide access to the redevelopment of more than 60 acres while connecting neighborhoods to the east and west of Canterbury Park, is also in its early stages.

“This is a very exciting day for Canterbury Park and our community,” Mars said. “Shakopee has been waiting for 30 years to see Canterbury develop to its fullest and best use, and to connect our community. This project will be the single largest redevelopment project in Shakopee’s history. This public/private partnership will transform the area and bring high-quality housing, exceptional high-paying jobs, and greatly expanded retail, restaurant and entertainment venues. The City of Shakopee is proud to be a stakeholder along with Doran Companies, Canterbury Park, and others to be announced soon. We all are excited to get this project started.”

Earlier this month, an agreement was completed with Primrose Schools®, a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families, making it the first business to locate in Canterbury Commons.

Details of an agreement are also being finalized that would bring a significant employer and its corporate headquarters to Canterbury Commons.

“I thank the members of the Shakopee City Council, Mayor Mars, and the local business community for the support they have shown for Canterbury Commons,” Sampson said.   “Redevelopment, and the public infrastructure that accompanies it, has been a long time coming. City staff and elected officials showed great diligence in the process, allowing us to get to this point and creating an asset for the entire Shakopee community.”

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The suburban Minneapolis racetrack originally opened in 1985 as Canterbury Downs but closed shortly after the 1992 season concluded. Sampson, his father Curtis, and businessman Dale Schenian purchased the track and surrounding property in 1994 and re-opened for simulcast racing in May of that year. With a new name, Canterbury Park, and a business plan that included year-round simulcasting, special events, and the notion of land development in the future, live horse racing returned to the state in the summer of 1995. The Canterbury Card Casino opened in 2000. Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (CPHC) trades publicly on Nasdaq.