Potential new apartments in LHENA?

Real Estate — By on October 10, 2012 9:01 am

According to an email sent from the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA), a new 5-story, 48-unit apartment building is being considered for the northwest corner of Colfax Avenue and 24th Street. The properties include 2316 and 2320 Colfax Avenue. A rear and sideyard variance would be required.

Collage Architects are to present the concept to the LHENA Zoning and Planning Committee on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30pm at Jefferson School’s media center. OurUptown.com will unfortunately not be able to cover tonight’s meeting.

According to Hennepin County, Linda and Michael Crow have owned the two properties since the early 1990s. The two properties contain 20,700 square feet, which would mean the proposal would contain approximately 100 units per acre – less than many of the new projects adjacent the Greenway (115-125 u/a) and more than some of the other apartment buildings in the neighborhood (25-65 u/), generally. In addition, the properties are zoned R6, the highest intensity of housing districts, which allow someone to build up to 6-stories (84′) without seeking a conditional use permit for height. The builder/developer would still need a site plan review, at minimum.

The two buildings were built in the first decade of the 1900s and 2316 is a tri-plex and 2320 is registered as lodging house with 14 registered bedrooms with the City.

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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