Bennet East becomes Elan of Uptown

Featured, Real Estate — By on July 22, 2012 9:35 am

Greystar has renamed its three-block redevelopment of the former Bennett Lumber site Elan of Uptown, bringing it in line with other projects it owns across the country with a similar name. An official ground breaking for the 203-unit east site is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:00am.

More details emerged recently about the project. The ground breaking invite confirms that the project is to achieve USGBC’s LEED Silver Certification. Notices of a public hearing at the Planning Commission for the west two sites went up last week. The notice references that the other two blocks would house 387 units and require a conditional use permit for a planned unit development, variances for minimum lot area, maximum impervious surface coverage, reduction of required setbacks, and fence heights, as well as a site plan review and preliminary and final plat.

This would make the three block site contain a total of 590 total units, slightly less than what has previously been reported and less than the ground breaking invitation cites, which was 611. The invitation said the overall project is two-phased, which if approved by the Planning Commission as two phases, would indicate that the west and central sites would be developed at one time.

In addition, the project is seeking $700,000 from the Metropolitan Council’s Transit Oriented Development funds for, in part, transit connections. The City Council’s Community Development committee is to take up a resolution to support their request and others on Tuesday, July 24th. Their request is being recommended by City staff. Presumably, these funds would be used for the public amenities that the project is proposing along the Midtown Greenway, such as a pedestrian promenade and a public staircase to the Midtown Greenway. The images OurUptown.com has viewed would likely put the pricetag of such improvements at over $1,000,000.

Elan of Uptown

A recent image provided by ESG Archiects of Elan of Uptown

The project team for the first phase includes MEPT, Greystar, Weis Buildings, Bentall Kennedy, New Tower Trust Company, ESG Architects, and Landlon Butler and Company.

Close up of Elan of Uptown

A close up on the central court at Elan of Uptown, formerly the Bennett East site.

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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