Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby twincitizen » November 21st, 2019, 4:35 pm

xandrex wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 2:57 pm
Apartment building proposed on the 3500 block of Hennepin Avenue. 75 units, 90 parking spots. Would require the demolition of two houses, a commercial building, and another commercial building with a few apartments on the second floor. https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/d ... th-uptown/

More units in Uptown is great, but it's pretty disappointing to see the loss of two commercial storefronts (article doesn't indicate there will be commercial in the new building). Also 1.2 parking spots per unit isn't great.
Demolition of the 2-story brick building at 3513 is a minor bummer, but it includes the surface parking lot to the north. Gotta demo that building to make full use of the land. There's still going to be ample commercial space at the corner of 35th & Hennepin, unaffected by this project. I'm not against the removal of lightly-used, mid-block commercial. Having more people around will help boost business to the commercial space that remains.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby xandrex » November 21st, 2019, 4:50 pm

I agree it’s a net positive, but I still don’t love demolishing smaller-scale commercial (that appears to be in use?) on one of the relatively few corridors that allows it.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby MNdible » November 21st, 2019, 4:53 pm

I can't agree with you that losing the 3513 building is any kind of a good tradeoff just because you develop the parking lot. That parking is accessed off of the alley, doesn't have a Hennepin Avenue curbcut, and is screened by landscaping along the sidewalk.

Not my land, so I can't tell them what to do, but it's a real shame to lose this building just so the apartment can stretch out another 50 feet.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby EOst » November 22nd, 2019, 7:43 am

I'm with MNdible on this one. That kind of naturally-occurring affordable(ish) commercial space is a limited resource, especially in this part of town.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby Qhaberl » November 22nd, 2019, 7:46 am

I certainly see what people are saying about the importance of the retail at that corner. I don’t know much about commercial financing stuff, so I’m going to ask if you questions.


1. Why is there not going to be additional commercial space provided in the new building?

2. If there were to be additional commercial space, are there grants or other sources of money that could be used to help offset the cost of renting or leasing the space? I’m asking if there’s a way to keep any new commercial space affordable?


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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby alexschief » November 22nd, 2019, 8:56 am

ESG Architecture’s Bob Loken told the South Uptown neighborhood’s land use committee that the project team wanted part of the apartment building to reach five stories to offset the cost of including city-mandated affordable units. A new Minneapolis policy requiring affordable housing in all new apartment projects over 20 units is due to be adopted by the City Council.
If every developer in the city takes the approach of adding more units to make the IZ math pencil out, it'll be a real success. The city also has to set a precedent of approving it though, and it'd also help Lander's pro forma if they didn't build two levels of underground parking and a 1.2 parking to unit ratio...

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby thatchio » November 22nd, 2019, 1:25 pm

A portion of the 3513 Hennepin site was identified for redevelopment back in 2005 or so. At the time it was a residential condo site, I believe involving the three properties (the white commercial building and the houses). It was "dead" by 2006, per an old file I found from OurUptown.com. I didn't even track it as a dead project after that time, meaning it likely hadn't made it very far along in the process.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby xandrex » December 5th, 2019, 1:22 pm

The Urban Outfitters space in Uptown is apparently up for lease: http://tcbmag.com/news/articles/2019/de ... -for-lease

I won't lose any sleep over not having an UO nearby, but it would be nice for once to see a positive story coming out of Uptown...seems like we'll have to wait a while longer.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby schwinnletour » December 9th, 2019, 10:32 am

MAC cosmetics at Hennepin/Lake is leaving:

http://citypages.com/arts/mac-cosmetics ... /565947861

From a commentor:
Sephora opening and having cruelty free options killed the Mac store. If Mac was cruelty free I bet they wouldn’t of had a problem keeping the space. 🤷🏼‍♀️ And Mac just recently started having a rewards system and small sales which was long overdue.

Other commentors blame parking in Uptown, parking fees, and online sales.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby QuietBlue » December 9th, 2019, 11:42 am

I'm not positive, but I thought Sephora was generally less expensive and carried a number of brands, while MAC just sells their own cosmetics. So right off the bat, it's going to be more attractive to a wider range of customers.

For that matter, Ulta would probably do well in Uptown.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby mnmike » January 1st, 2020, 11:17 pm

The Sephora is doing very poorly...at least so far. I don't think they have said they are going to try to get out of the lease or anything yet, but wouldn't be surprised. That is the gossip from corporate.

Unrelated...apparently the new Times Square store is doing badly as well, but at least it is advertising.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby GILBball » January 16th, 2020, 3:56 pm

Looks like something could finally be going into the building at 3025 Lyndale, which has been vacant for......10? years.

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Re: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics

Postby HiawathaGuy » January 16th, 2020, 6:03 pm

GILBball wrote:
January 16th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Looks like something could finally be going into the building at 3025 Lyndale, which has been vacant for......10? years.
Maybe this didn't get posted - thought it had?

Japanese barbecue restaurant aims for spring 2020 opening in long-vacant LynLake space


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