Edina – General Topics

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Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » March 31st, 2016, 11:22 am

Might as well collect miscellaneous Edina developments of interest in a unified Edina thread.

Finance and Commerce has an unlocked post on the Opus redevelopment of a former office once used by United Health until it outgrew and built its large campuses across 169.

http://finance-commerce.com/2016/03/opu ... southdale/

The story makes big emphasis on proximity to Southdale and the types of developments around Southdale. I think more interesting is how near this is to the proposed future SWLRT station along Bren Road in Opus II. Also, the future Nine Mile Creek regional bike trail will run right next to this.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby matthew5080 » March 31st, 2016, 12:06 pm

There's a lot going on by Southdale, but not much going on inside Southdale. Anyone know if Dave and Busters has increased traffic flow at all?

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » March 31st, 2016, 12:15 pm

True. It's why it has its own thread. ;)

I'm never there in the evening or weekends when it would be likely to have its crowds. There doesn't seem to be a lunch rush going there.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Tenderfoot » March 31st, 2016, 3:46 pm

Re: the Opus Redevelopment article...the old United HQ also finally has new tenants (Children's Hospital with 700 employees being added) after being empty for several years. Surveyors stakes are already going in for the regional trail although construction in this area won't be done for a couple years yet...lots of good bike and ped development!

Side Note: With all the condos, apartments and workers nearby it amazes me that there is still no restaurant in the immediate area other than a D. Brians that is only open for limited hours. Whoever first opens an upscale casual joint over here is going to rake in the dough.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » April 15th, 2016, 5:54 pm

A proposal to build a new retail building using two properties next to Edina Cleaners on France Ave S. Across the street from the Lake Harriet Lodge. Practically the edge of the 44th and France commercial area.

Rapid Oil will be demolished. Gateway Bank main tenant. 3 additional retail spaces. Small lot in front, no on street parking.

(Will post drawings later)

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » April 15th, 2016, 7:17 pm

Correction: The additional spaces are not for retail, but for offices. Here are some submitted drawings in the next Edina council agenda packet.
Notes: Curb cuts dropped from four to two. Something similar was filed in 2011, but other projects by the developer put this on hold, which is why it has been vacant for a few years. This version has patios for each office out the west (rear) side that the previous proposal didn't have.
ImageGateway Bank office project on France Ave by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
ImageGateway Bank office project on France Ave by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
ImageGateway Bank office project on France Ave by Eric Anondson, on Flickr

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby min-chi-cbus » April 16th, 2016, 9:10 pm

Oh hell no!

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » April 16th, 2016, 9:36 pm

Here is a Flyover view of the state it is today.
ImageCurrent condition of Gateway Bank site by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
I think the proposal is not worse than what is there right now. But I strongly wish the developer was going to do something identical with what 44th and France has going half a block north. Seems like an awful lot of parking, But Sunnyside residents are particular touchy about overflow parking from the restaurants spilling down their street already...

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby sdho » April 17th, 2016, 8:18 pm

Wow that's heinous -- especially nestled between the traditional walk-up areas of 50th/France and 44th/Sunnyside. This is tricky, though -- I can definitely see why they want to nestle the building into the woods like that. But surely they can come up with something better than this.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby mister.shoes » April 17th, 2016, 8:59 pm

So wait, the lower-level 24-space parking garage is already there and they want 23 additional surface spots? The two buildings (existing + new) together are less than 10k ft^2. What business(es) could possibly require that much parking?
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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » April 17th, 2016, 9:06 pm

Maybe for a stealth conversion to a restaurant later?

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby grant1simons2 » April 17th, 2016, 9:07 pm

Cause patio

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby mattaudio » April 18th, 2016, 8:10 am

I've never had trouble parking in this neighborhood, west down Sunnyside or 44th.

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Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » April 18th, 2016, 8:21 am

I spent an hour one day months ago about an issue of making Sunnyside carry less traffic than 44th (the state aid street). Many comments in the record from residents on Sunnyside objecting to non residents parking on "their" street (among other typical anger about traffic on a commercial district street with homes on it).

I've never had issues either, but that Edina street has a few angry homeowners who don't want interlopers and seem to wish 44th/France was smaller and less successful.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby sdho » April 18th, 2016, 9:12 am

mattaudio wrote:I've never had trouble parking in this neighborhood, west down Sunnyside or 44th.
I think that's exactly the "problem" for some.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » May 19th, 2016, 7:01 am

Edina is booming like no other suburb right now. More units underway since farmland was turned to homes in 1972.

http://www.startribune.com/local/west/380062641.html

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » June 6th, 2016, 10:15 pm

Edina added the Wooddale bridge over the Minnehaha Creek, built in 1937 by the WPA, to its heritage landmark list. In 2014 the state put the bridge on its list to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places, this past February it officially was added.

http://current.mnsun.com/2016/06/05/a-b ... o-history/

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby min-chi-cbus » June 7th, 2016, 12:11 pm

Where's the waterfall that used to fall underneath the bridge? I used to hang out there when I was a kid.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » June 7th, 2016, 1:04 pm

It's just upstream a bit, around the bend, under the Browndale bridge.

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Re: Edina – General Topics

Postby Anondson » June 7th, 2016, 1:35 pm

The abandoned gas station at Wooddale and Valley View is now proposed to be a Town Hall Brewery.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/n ... urant.html


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