Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

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Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby PhilmerPhil » January 27th, 2016, 3:42 pm

Per Wedge LIVE!:

1-story drivethru Walgreens planned for NW corner of 27th/Hennepin. To be built on space now occupied by Roat Osha & 1 of FirstTech bldgs.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby seanrichardryan » January 27th, 2016, 3:43 pm

WTF. no.
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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby Silophant » January 27th, 2016, 3:44 pm

Man, this intersection is where urbanism goes to die.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby mattaudio » January 27th, 2016, 3:49 pm

Meanwhile another Walgreens in a sleepy neighborhood is getting rebuilt with an additional 1500 SF storefront, underground parking, and 50 units of senior housing on two upper levels. Despite the parcel only being 1/3 larger than this assembled parcel.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby PhilmerPhil » January 27th, 2016, 3:49 pm

Another detail per Wedge LIVE!: Required parking is 26, they're proposing 32.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby twincitizen » January 27th, 2016, 3:59 pm

I thought it was reported that the First Tech buildings were purchased by Paul Dzunbar (Green Mill). Is he now selling one of those buildings to Semper (Walgreens' developer)?

More importantly: we need FAR minimums and drive-thru bans NOW. Not citywide, but certainly for the city's dense inner core...maybe everything down to Lake Street in the SW sector.

Per the same source as Phil and @wedgelive, I read that the only application they would need is site plan review (not including the minor parking variance...which is inconsequential once you allow the building itself). Can any Minneapolis zoning code experts do a quick search to see if drive-thrus are permitted uses in the C2 zoning district? I would imagine at a bare minimum that a *new* drive-thru be a conditional use (require a CUP). That would be an epic fail of the zoning code if drive-thrus are permitted by right. I'm skeptical this is the case.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby Nathan » January 27th, 2016, 4:19 pm

So what happens to the other Walgreens?

This sounds awful :(

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby Silophant » January 27th, 2016, 4:28 pm

I hope to be corrected, but according to Section 548.300, drive-throughs are explicitly permitted in C2 districts.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby HiawathaGuy » January 27th, 2016, 4:47 pm

Silophant wrote:I hope to be corrected, but according to Section 548.300, drive-throughs are explicitly permitted in C2 districts.
This is why we can't have nice things... :(

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby jw138 » January 27th, 2016, 5:37 pm

Call me a NIMBY on this one! Horrible news.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby FISHMANPET » January 27th, 2016, 6:55 pm

Some overlay districts specifically ban drive thrus. I don't think it's much of a stretch to say that all Pedestrian Overlay districts should ban drive through, and that all of Hennepin down to at least a couple blocks south of Lake should be a PO district.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby Anondson » January 27th, 2016, 7:05 pm

Dammit. By itself this sucks. Putting a dumb, car-traffic-generating development in a place needing TOD. But I wager it will also look as uncompelling as can be.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby seanrichardryan » January 27th, 2016, 7:16 pm

I doubt they'll hire Snow/Kreilech :/ I suppose the BofA has a drive thru, so they can get one too.
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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby LyndaleHoosier » January 27th, 2016, 8:12 pm

Ugh. Totally being a NIMBY about this and don't want a drive thru there. :( I get that the current Walgreens/Kowalski's parking lot is a shit show, but man…one store development AND a drive-thru?!

I wonder if Kowalski's would buy the "old" Walgreen's space and do something with it? Please, don't knock it down for more parking...

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby grant1simons2 » January 27th, 2016, 8:53 pm

Goodman was mad when the Wells Fargo wanted more than the allowed parking spaces, and that number was much lower. I wonder how she'll respond to this. Bender too. I hope it goes down in flames :D

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby Anondson » January 27th, 2016, 8:56 pm

What could this "go down in flames" over?

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby Nathan » January 27th, 2016, 9:02 pm

We could try to get Roat Osha on the National Historic Registry.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby grant1simons2 » January 27th, 2016, 9:07 pm

Not fitting the city comprehensive plan? I'm pretty sure we're not looking for anymore drive thru Walgreens in this city. The one last year didnt pass without a fight.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby Condo_Dweller » January 27th, 2016, 9:09 pm

The old Chinese restaurant that was there in the 90's had a drive through.

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Re: Walgreens - (2650 Hennepin - Roat Osha/FirstTech)

Postby PhilmerPhil » January 27th, 2016, 9:28 pm

Nathan wrote:We could try to get Roat Osha on the National Historic Registry.
That thought crossed my mind for the midcentury looking FirstTexh building that was designed by the same architects that designed the Uptown/Hollywood/Suburban World Theaters and that old synagogue at 3400 Dupont.


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