Lisa Bender tested by proposed Franklin and Lyndale redevelopment

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Rendering via Star Tribune
This is the vision developers have for one of the Uptown area's busiest intersections.
New Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender faces one of her first big challenges with the proposed redevelopment of the Franklin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue intersection.

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The project -- which would replace the surface parking lot, commercial properties, and Theatre Garage space currently on the southwest corner of the intersection with a glassy, six-floor mixed-use structure including 85 rental units, a rebuilt theater space, new commercial properties, and a large parking lot  -- doesn't sit well with some neighbors. Concerns range from the architecture to the building's height to the project's density to increased congestion.

Bender told us she thinks the property "is a great place to redevelop" in part because of its location at the crossing of two major bus lines in an already dense part of town, but acknowledged there's still "a lot of questions" about the project she wants answered before she'll throw her support behind it.

"There are a lot of different opinions, but it's fair to say that most people want to see something new there," Bender said. "That may honestly be the only point of agreement."

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What the intersection looks like now.

Bender added that while she's "received a lot of communication in support of this project," she's also heard from many critics, some of whom express contradictory opinions. ("Some want it to be taller, and others want it to be shorter," she said.)

So how does a new council member navigate such difficult terrain?

(For more, click to page two.)


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Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

You guys have strong opinions but don't have all the facts. these projects do not do half of what you claim they accomplish.

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

Michael and Peter. New development in mpls does not represent as drastic an increase in housing as you think. While the city is encouraging and in many cases funding new residences, the city is demolishing properties at an alarming rate. Last year 144 properties were demolished, most 2 - 4 units and hundreds if not thousands of bedrooms. Also the city has an aggressive "vacant building registry" last time I checked there were over 500 residential properties on the list. The city makes it very difficult to get these properties back on line once they are listed. So FACT net housing gains are hard to demonstrate even after all the mega development.

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

Peter, Urban sprawl was caused, and is perpetuated by a complex series of factors, The housing act of 1949, the 1950's freeways act, etc. Urban sprawl was not caused by people wanting to keep urban areas from being overdeveloped. And Peter many people are leaving the city because of the high taxes used to pay for the faux urbanism.

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

Ian, the buildings are build at the current heights because the developer prefers to use wood not the other way around. you can use concrete and steel at any height. but is it more expensive. Wood frame construction is allowed only to about 76 feet and is much cheaper for the builder. That is the reason for the number of stories not the city somehow catering to the public.

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

Ian why do you think we cant develop the vacant lots without destroying the nice old buildings. Do you have any idea the environmental impact of demolition?

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

Who cares? It's ugly and being built for profit making not a public good. There is more to living in a city than warehouses for people. Matt According to the real estate site i use, they define 4+ as highrise. below 4 as lowrise and do not use the term mid rise. Tommy et al, I am wondering why you keep telling people to move to suburbs if you are advocating urbanism??? PETER its not about height its about making ugly stuff where stuff already is, little net gain in housing stock, while there are plenty of areas and ways to add housing in the city that are not being considered.

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

The city demolishes so much housing there is very little net gain. hundreds if not thousands of units last year. The city still has a law that only 3 "unrelated people can live together even in a 4 5 or 10 br unit. start by changing these rules. not by tearing down and building new.

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

The term blight was used to create vacant surface parking lots only a few years ago. It is a loaded and subjective term. Is the owner also the developer? how much are the property taxes, would it be more affordable if the maintenance money were allowed to defer taxation? As is much of the development cost for many new buildings.

Cadillac Kolstad
Cadillac Kolstad

Alex, I agree about removing the restrictions on small houses, carriage houses, adding units by finish attic spaces etc. Yes lets START THERE instead of tearing down a bunch of stuff and ruining neighborhoods. Good point. Minneapolis is primarily supporting big corporate destructive projects that do not pay their fair share in taxes when completed. As far as the size of the developer take it up with Twin cities business journal, they classified your developer buddy as 10th biggest developing 350,000 sq feet in the past 5 years, they listed Kraus anderson as the next biggest after your buddy. I am only quoting from respected sources.

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

If you look at the larger image the windows are actually subdivided into a lot of narrow windows. Wider ones would be much better for the kind of businesses that are likely to move in: higher end retail, bar, restaurant, etc.

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

Okay, wait a minute... How do you get subsidized or section 8 from MARKET RATE apartments??? Do you know what market rate means? AND on top of that... you're obviously bigoted with that attitude for the less fortunate.

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

A building built doesn't detract from the effort of fixing the roads... If anything, it encourages the city to fix them in that area.

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

In who's opinion? Do solid brick buildings have more character? Look at Steven's Square... every building looks EXACTLY alike.

Carole Wincek-Henrichs
Carole Wincek-Henrichs

Subsidized?? Sec 8?? Will illegal immigrants get first choice?? blah of an idea..fix up N. Minneapolis

Matt Steele
Matt Steele

You won't have that for much longer, unless we build more apartments. More people want your apartment and will outbid you for it. Building more housing units in this area keeps prices down.

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

do you like the blighted, empty lots as well?

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

Marc Allen Headrick I was referring to the hideous aesthetics of the exterior of Block E and fake disney towns, not the construction process. Ironically, if people would allow these buildings to be built taller, it would be economically feasible to use concrete instead of wood in their construction, which is a much sturdier material.

Matt Steele
Matt Steele

This isn't a high rise by any definition. By any architectural definition, this is a mid-rise (and a relatively short one at that).

Casey Finne
Casey Finne

Calculations based on the estimate the developer gave at the meeting.

Casey Finne
Casey Finne

I pay under 800 for a beautiful apt with a balcony in the area that does not look over a dive bar. You get what you settle for.

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

These are market rate apartments, not luxury. My boyfriend lives at Lime and pays MUCH more than what these will go for. This is the price of a new building... if you want to pay 700-900 for a one bedroom you'll have to live in an older building. Developers can't afford to build new construction and rent it for what "the people" would like to pay. If I had my way I'd pay $500 a month for a brand new apartment with a dishwasher and laundry in the unit. Unfortunately, I live on the 3rd floor of a building with no elevator, no dishwasher and laundry is in the basement WHICH I have to pay for... You get what you pay for, that's what my mother always taught me.

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

The article doesn't actually state that Rudolph's is moving in, but if you look at the plans it hints at Rudolph's being the restaurant moving in because their signage is on the building.

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

Kari, I moved into my unit on Ridgewood 2 years ago. My rent started at 675.00... It's not 725.00 and I STILL think that's a good deal. Fortunately AND unfortunately people want to live in our city! This means we need more apartments to keep th rents down. If you want to pay $600 a month you'll HAVE to move out of the city... or into the projects. It's as simple as that.

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

Tracy... there are over 200 NEW parking spaces being added for this project

Tommy Toraason
Tommy Toraason

How is it "culture free" when it includes a BRAND NEW space for Theater Garage????

Marc Allen Headrick
Marc Allen Headrick

Ian Futterer, that's pretty ironic, the buildings being built now use similar construction methods to the ones built in Disney or Vegas. The real issue is who are the composers , and are these composers really actually doing the best job for the neighborhood's needs?

Matt Steele
Matt Steele

What a slam dunk for the neighborhood! Can't wait to see it happen.

carnivalminds
carnivalminds

I forgot. Life does move on with or without you. And that is the ugliest pile of shit I've ever seen for a rendering. They included the murder of crows, though. I hope they deficate upon it.

Kari Sachs
Kari Sachs

Ian just likes to hit "return" after every half sentence - he's oblivious to the fact that it makes his contributions to the discussion even more pathetic than what he is actually saying.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

Obviously eh? Dude uh you have a lot of thoughts apparently...

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

parking lots are ugly and unsustainable. they are scars on the neighborhood

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

they are adding public parking in the basement...

Maggie Strugala
Maggie Strugala

Your comments are stacking up like that damn proposed eye sore. Haha

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

so we shouldn't build any new buildings because the people that move in MIGHT run over a blind person?

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

Tommy she obviously didn't read the article,

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

lots of people in the neighborhood love the idea of getting rid of these parking lots, and totally support this development! YOU are not the entire neighborhood. you are one person

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

so you'd rather have fake old tacky buildings like Block E? no thanks... move to disney world or Vegas for that...

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

so parking lots are better than businesses and residents?

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

ever been to Stevens Square? seems to work there...

Ian Futterer
Ian Futterer

Looks like a great addition to the neighborhood i grew up in!

njorgenson
njorgenson

Yup, Minnesota Nice right here...

urbanite
urbanite

because personal attacks contribute a whole lot...

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