More liquor store drama at 27th/Lyndale

Business — By on March 16, 2012 8:20 am

The Wedge newspaper reported in its March 2012 edition that the proposed redevelopment of the Flanders Bike shop site by Master Development got complicated when some of the properties were put under contract with the owner of Lake Wine & Spirits, which is located nearby at Grand and Lake. The redevelopment at 2701 Lyndale would have included a Cellars Wine & Spirits but was competing with Trader Joes (proposed for across the street) to get approved for a liquor store.

It sounds like Master is still trying to do a redevelopment on part of the site but without a liquor store.

Sources indicate that the LHENA neighborhood group’s zoning committee voted 4-3 to support the Trader Joes project at this week’s meeting. Apparently a number of modifications were made but the project is still the same uses and mostly same layout but tweaked. More to come…

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. Matt Brillhart says:

    It’s too bad that neither project will be mixed-use or multi-story. Once again, I pressed the developer (Told, of Excelsior & Grand fame) to include residential. Members of the LHENA zoning committee made great arguments both for and against the plans. The new layout of Trader Joe’s looks much better, with plenty of windows facing both Lyndale and 27th. The entrance to the wine/beer store and lobby/stairs/elevator down to the lower level parking will be located at the corner. This should have been their first proposal; they could have saved themselves a lot of time and trouble.

    The development across the street now consists of moving the current residential building at the corner and building a new commercial building in its place. They have promised that the current building will not be torn down, but moved to a vacant lot…somewhere. The cost of moving the current 2701 structure will be shared by Master and the building owner (and possibly Whittier Alliance?) Personally I can’t imagine how that building can be moved for a justifiable cost. We shall see…

    • Anders says:

      “This should have been their first proposal; they could have saved themselves a lot of time and trouble.”
      Well, if this was their first proposal, they would have sacrificed some leverage. Maybe residential would’ve been an option. But starting at a suburban box + parking lot, we’ve all “compromised” at what could’ve easily been the starting point. To me, it seems like the mirror image of a developer asking for a few more floors or units than they really need in order to come down to what’s still viable. Start with the suburbs, end up at Minneapolis. (In the case of dense development, start with a growing, sustainable city, but end up at Minneapolis!)

  2. Kevin says:

    The 4-3 is correct, there was a presentation last night at the LHENA meeting, however I have not heard the outcome of that vote.

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