Greco Development, developer of Blue and Flux, has new plans for the site it owns at 2900 Lyndale Avenue. The site is now L-shaped and includes the parking lot behind the VFW. The plan calls for 176 apartments, 9,000 square feet of commercial space, and parking for the VFW and the building. Greco presented its plans on December 14th at the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association’s Zoning & Planning Committee meeting.
The proposed building would be built on the south side of 29th Street between Lyndale Avenue and Aldrich Avenue. the current VFW building would not be impacted, though the lot behind the VFW would be rebuilt so the new building can have parking built below it and housing above. The surface parking lot of the VFW would be slightly enlarged and would still be used exclusively by the VFW.
The new building would be 6 stories (73’6″ to be exact) and contain 176 apartment units. A 1,500 square foot retail space would be on the 29th & Lyndale corner while a 7,500 square foot restaurant space would be adjacent the VFW. Several of the apartments would line the lower floors adjacent the 29th & Aldrich intersection.
At one point, the project was considering buying the parking lot between the VFW and The Herkimer from the City of Minneapolis, who owns that land, but opted against it for several reasons. That land was going to allow drivers to the project to access from Lyndale the underground parking. Instead, that will be limited to entering off of the alley at 29th Street. VFW users would still have access through the Herkimer lot and through the alley into the lot.
The BKV Group-designed building will likely feature a decorative metal panel exterior using yellow and orange colors intended to reflect the Lyn-Lake logo. A large Lyn-Lake sign is proposed to run vertically down the Lyndale facade to help create a sense of arrival that those coming down Lyndale will know they are in that neighborhood. The sign’s inclusion will be dependent on city approval.
The 29th Street edge will have a somewhat unique stormwater feature, which would utilize a landscaped depression where rain water will enter to control rate and sediment prior to entering the public stormwater system. Flat bridges will connect the sidewalk to the street-level apartment units.
The project includes 250 parking stalls, 178 of which are for the apartments, 68 for the restaurant, and 3 for the retailer. The existing 6 curb cuts would be reduced to 1. No parking variances are being sought with the project. There will be 38 short term bike stalls at the project.
There was an extensive presentation on shadowing of the Midtown Greenway, as BKV wanted to address the concerns that the Midtown Greenway Coalition raised about ensuring that some sun hits all parts of the trail surface in winter in an effort to melt ice. The shadowing models showed how existing infrastructure and buildings already shadow the Greenway extensively and how this building will add to it but not that much differently than if they built a four story building on the site. The building is located 15′ back from the property line, which it was said makes its shadowing impacts similar to the four story building. The neighborhood group spent a little time discussing this but did not make any formal comments on it.
The neighborhood Zoning & Planning Committee supported the project, as did the Board.