Brighton Development, Lyndale United Church of Christ, and Salem English Lutheran Church celebrated the start of construction of a new mixed-use affordable housing project on the northeast corner of Lyndale Avenue and 28th Street in the Lyn-Lake District of Uptown Minneapolis.
The site, most recently occupied by Salem English Lutheran Church, will see the demolition of the church’s 1950s addition along 28th Street and see the construction of 8,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space and three additional floors containing 63 apartment units (though one diagram showed only 61). A surface parking lot will have 48 parking stalls and an enclosed structure will hold 51 additional stalls. 105 bike rack stalls will be provided inside. The new structure will be L-shaped, with the long edge on Lyndale Avenue.
Formerly known as Lyndale Green, the project was renamed The Greenleaf to avoid conflict with a similarly named project in Bloomington, MN. Greenleaf is the middle name of John Greenleaf Whittier, an American poet and editor who was also a Quaker dedicated to social causes and reform. The neighborhood that the project is located in is named after Mr. Whittier. While the project changed names to reduce confusion, there is already another Greenleaf project in the Whittier neighborhood at Franklin Avenue and Nicollet Avenue, called the Greenleaf Lofts.Today’s groundbreaking featured Peggy Lucas of Brighton Development, Mayor RT Rybak, MHFA Commissioner Dan Bartholomay, Council Member Robert Lilligren, and US Bank’s JeriLynn Young.
LHB is the architect on the project with Frana & Sons acting as the General Contractor. According to a handout from the ground breaking, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Metropolitan Council, Western Bank, US Bank, Park Midway Bank, MMCDC, Peer Engineering, Ponterre Group, HTPO, Commonwealth Title, Faegre & Benson, and Hust Law Firm all played a role in the project to the finish line.
Salem English Lutheran Church and Lyndale United Church of Christ are rehabilitating the 1904 church adjacent the new building. The renovated church will be a ministry center for the two congregations and other community serving organizations. The congregations have currently gutted much of the building and are stabilizing the north wall to stabilize it after bowing over time.