The Greenleaf (formerly Lyndale Green) breaks ground

Featured, Real Estate — By on November 19, 2010 9:44 pm
The Greenleaf rendering

A rendering of the new Greenleaf project at 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis

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.

Greenleaf Groundbreaking

The project team and Mayor RT Rybak and Council Member Robert Lilligren celebrate breaking ground on The Greenleaf

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.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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  1. Sean Ryan says:


  2. Cedar Phillips says:

    I know the name is the least important aspect of this project, but I am thrilled that they changed it! Lyndale Green just sounded so fake and forced; Greenleaf sounds attractive, has historical significance, and connects the new building to the neighborhood. And I love that it has more bike stalls than parking spots! It’s a great location, and I think it will be an excellent addition to the neighborhood.

  3. Burt Coffin says:

    This looks to be a great addition to the neighborhood. This will advance Lyndale Avenue as one of the great city streets of Minneapolis.
    Do you know if all the space at street level is retail, or will there be some live-work units at grade?
    The name is a bit unfortunate since there is already a Greenleaf Lofts in the neighborhood, but that is a minor quibble. I look forward to seeing the completed project!

  4. Thatcher Imboden says:

    Burt, welcome to the site. I believe, based on the site plan and renderings, that the 28th St face has residential-related space, which may include units but could be common space. The Lyndale Avenue space is the retail portion of the project.

  5. Great to see, especially given what went up across the street to the west.

  6. Michelle says:

    Any help on who to contact about renting an apartment here? I’m very interested in seeing what they look like/any restrictions. I want to move in the next few months.

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