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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby LyndaleHoosier » March 19th, 2017, 4:56 pm

Wasn't sure where to put this, so thought this was as good as place as any to do so.

I was having the annual tax appointment at HR Block at Calhoun Village and asked the tax advisor I've worked with for years if they were moving their office due to the impending move of Walgreens into that space as well as the vacating of Barnes & Noble. She said that last she was told that Barnes & Noble isn't moving, Walgreens isn't moving, and the HR Block office is getting a remodel. Apparently their branch does very well with most of their clients being returning clients vs. walk-ins and will be adding more services at this location.

Thought it was interesting that it sounds like the updates discussed previously to the shopping center may be postponed. Sorry if this was posted elsewhere already.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby twincitizen » March 20th, 2017, 7:12 am

Southwest Journal reported it a while back, but looks like you're right - no one had shared that info here yet. Sounds like Walgreens just called off the move, at least for now.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby LyndaleHoosier » March 20th, 2017, 8:43 pm

Thanks for the link to the Southwest Journal article as I must have missed it!

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby Qhaberl » April 11th, 2017, 3:27 pm

RE: Bus Route

Once they build the Southwest line, will they extend the 21 over 2 W. Lake St. station? If so, that would be another bus that could use the pull out/turn around.


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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby RailBaronYarr » January 10th, 2018, 2:52 pm

http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/de ... excelsior/

Hotel/restaurant/possible residences planned in a short-ish tower on the BP gas station site at Lake/Excelsior. Very conceptual at this point, but still p cool. It'd be, I dunno, nice if Lake/Excelsior sucked less to walk/bike along given what might happen to this area. A wholesale redevelopment over the next 20 years of the strip malls isn't out of the question, plus the Calhoun Towers and other projects just east of this site. Anyway.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby VacantLuxuries » January 10th, 2018, 3:04 pm

I can't believe they found someone to complain that replacing a gas station is harming neighborhood character.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby Anondson » January 10th, 2018, 3:46 pm

This is nice and fine.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby xandrex » January 10th, 2018, 3:54 pm

Obviously all concept at this point, but the taller/skinnier version looks nicer...which absolutely means neighbors will demand the shorter/squatter one.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby MattW » January 10th, 2018, 4:20 pm

VacantLuxuries wrote:
January 10th, 2018, 3:04 pm
I can't believe they found someone to complain that replacing a gas station is harming neighborhood character.
Boomers :roll:

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby mattaudio » January 11th, 2018, 9:28 am

If people are concerned about traffic, why not reconnect France from Minnetonka to Excelsior?

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby MNdible » January 11th, 2018, 9:52 am

Do we have evidence that it ever was connected (beyond a theoretical plat map)? The rail corridor is what's breaking it, and that probably preceded France, right?

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby Anondson » January 11th, 2018, 12:38 pm

Minneapolis vacated the France Ave ROW south of Lake Street when the Shoreham was built.

If connecting France is impossible now, maybe connecting Park Glen to W 32nd?

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby LyndaleHoosier » January 11th, 2018, 1:57 pm

But when I bought my condo, I thought I was guaranteed life time views of the BP gas station! ;)

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby BBMplsMN » January 11th, 2018, 2:46 pm

This would probably impact the views from the apartments (Foundry) more than the condos (Loop Calhoun). Either way, it is pretty amazing that nearly every lot adjacent to the Loop Calhoun will be redeveloped within the span of a few years. And they weren't empty lots to begin with. They were/are all functioning businesses.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby Anondson » January 12th, 2018, 7:00 pm

Traffic nostalgia for the Lake/Excelsior Area.

• Lake St from France to Excelsior: In 2000, 27,400 vehicles
Today, 21,900 vehicles
• Excelsior Blvd from France to Lake St.: In 2000, 17,700 vehicles
Today, 15,000 vehicles
• Lake St from Excelsior to Knox: In 2000, 37,800 vehicles
Today, 33,500 vehicles

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby TroyGBiv » January 12th, 2018, 8:52 pm

Do we know why or what factors have reduced traffic numbers? Interesting that it is down...

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby thatchio » January 12th, 2018, 9:03 pm

Also:
Lake Street (North side of Lake Calhoun) 1970: 41,743; 1975: 34,750. 1985: 41,125
Lake Street (West of Market Plaza) 1970: 19,374; 1975: 23,385; 1985: 19,265
Excelsior Blvd (West of Market Plaza) 1970: 21,385; 1975: 16,650; 1985: 18,720

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West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby Anondson » January 12th, 2018, 11:41 pm

Aside from general population trends around driving habits, there may have part of a extended delayed shift as people discovered faster routes to get around. In particular, 394 opened in 1991 then TH 100 had auxiliary lanes added. Gradually people in southern SLP and Northern Edina driving into Minneapolis would make major commuting speed gains by 100-to-394 instead of Excelsior/France-to-Lake-to-Hennepin. Many drivers adjust driving habits slower than the rational actor theory would claim.

That’s just a guess.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby Homewood2009 » January 13th, 2018, 9:14 am

VacantLuxuries wrote:
January 10th, 2018, 3:04 pm
I can't believe they found someone to complain that replacing a gas station is harming neighborhood character.
I've stopped at this gas station before, it always seemed like it was in a weird spot. There is a Super America just up the road, so no need for a gas station here.

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Re: West Lake Station / Calhoun Village area - multimodal study, development, etc.

Postby BBMplsMN » January 13th, 2018, 10:58 am

I always assumed this location would be taken over to somehow improve the Lake/Excelsior mess.


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