Just months after it came out that Trader Joe’s is looking to build a grocery/liquor store on the southwest corner of Lyndale Avenue and 27th Street (2700 Lyndale) in the greater Uptown/Lyn-Lake area, a second retail project was announced for the southeast corner (2701 Lyndale). This second proposal also includes a liquor store, which has set off a race for entitlements.
The new proposal would occupy all the properties on the southeast side from the fourplex on the corner (2701) through the used-car lot just north of Buffalo Exchange. The site includes the car lot, Flanders Cycle, the fourplex, and two narrow houses. Replacing those would be two new buildings: a new single-story retail building for Flanders and a new single-story multi-tenant retail building. View 2701 Lyndale design documents.
Flanders, who currently owns their building, would get a new 4,200 square foot retail building just to the north of Buffalo Exchange. They would own their building and land. The new space would have a lot of glass facing Lyndale and a surface parking lot that would have an entrance in between the Flanders building and the other new retail building further north.
The parking lot would be L-shaped with a total of 30 stalls mostly along the alley-side of the property. There would be access off of both 27th Street and Lyndale.
The other retail building would be 11,000 square feet and oriented so its long edge was against Lyndale. A small patio would be available for a cafe/restaurant on the south edge of the building adjacent the parking lot entrance from Lyndale. The building would have its store entrances facing Lyndale.
The developer, Master Development, is in discussions with Cellars Wine & Spirits to take 5,500 to 6,000 square feet for a liquor store in the middle of the building. Cellers would likely own the building. Master is working with a butcher/deli to take the north-bay and a Neapolitan pizza place (presumably Punch) for the south bay. No deals have been signed.
As you can imagine, this site is one of only a couple in this area that could accommodate a liquor store. Trader Joe’s is also seeking a liquor store across the street from the site and Minneapolis’ liquor store spacing requirements would prevent both from opening, so to a certain degree this will be a race to see who can get approved first.
The project will need to have part of the site rezoned from C1 to C2 as well as seek a conditional use permit for the liquor store in order for the liquor store component to progress forward to the license approval stage. Master hopes to be on the Planning Commission schedule in mid-February. My guess is that would mean the rezoning would hit the City Council in March.
Lastly, the developer hopes to relocate the fourplex and at least one of the narrow houses, though no structural analysis has been completed.