Trader Joe's Lyn-Lake proposal squashed

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Residents and business owners in the Lyn-Lake area who worried about the added congestion, parking problems, and competition that a proposed Trader Joe's store might bring to their neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief.

The Minneapolis City Council rejected the property developer's request for rezoning, which was required to move forward on building the 14,000-square-foot grocery with attached liquor store. Jeff Minea, a representative from the family that owns the lots where the store would be built, says this rejection by the council likely means the project is dead, reports the Southwest Journal.

Several small businesses at 27th Street and Lyndale Avenue South would have been disrupted, displaced, or otherwise affected negatively by this proposal, which was a large factor in the decision-making process.

The project's developers were also unsuccessful in courting the Lowry Hill East's Neighborhood Association. Maybe it's time to look to the suburbs? 



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Jay
Jay

Lol at the people who think anyone who wants a TJs nearby must not live in the area. If you do live in the area, you shouldn't care about parking or traffic in the first place. The area has some of the best public transit and is the most walkable area in the whole city and metro -- just walk, take the bus, or bike. I live in uptown by Hennepin and would love a TJs on Lyndale. Would much rather walk to one on Lyndale than have to take the bus to the one in SLP. Apparently, some people would rather that money get spent in the suburbs than in their Minneapolis neighborhood. TJs is also a perfect fit for the neighborhood. I love it because they have lots of items portioned well for those living alone but still looking to eat well without having to cook big meals that will last them days upon days. Given the prevalence and singles and those living alone in the greater uptown area, TJs would fit right in. The real problem with the proposal was the suburban design. Not sure why people are bashing the Excelsior and Grand location -- that's a more urban development than what got proposed here on Lyndale. Put all the parking underground, don't have any surface parking, and put a few stories of apartments or office space on top of the store, and it would have been a great fit for the neighborhood. Since the lot was recently bought up by a local liquor store owner, I'd imagine there's no chance for a new proposal at this location. Lake & Nicollet would probably be the best place to bring a TJs nearby at this point, as it could be part of a development reopening Nicollet and there's lots of space to work with on those lots if they still short-sightedly insist on all that surface parking. Would just have to get that work with the asinine liquor laws in Minneapolis.

Uplift Uptown
Uplift Uptown

good point but I don't think it would get very much business as that super value right there is where all the people go with their 6 kids and cadillac suv and fill carts upon carts with meat then pay with their FOOD STAMP CARD. makes me sick everytime I see that.

Uplift Uptown
Uplift Uptown

So it would basically be doing the same thing the Wedge is doing,  "congestion, parking problems". And maybe a tax payer paid police officer to "direct traffic". Competition to who? The wedge's high prices?

Johnny
Johnny

Trader Joes should shutter the abomination that is their Saint Louis Park store.  That place with it's ill considered parking and street location is the poster child for everything that could possibly go wrong with a shop. Doesn't matter how 'busy' it may be in real or imagined terms, the place is simply horrible.

TC4L
TC4L

I can't believe so many people liked this comment.  Higher quality cost more.  That's just how it is.  I know a few people who are on the WIC and they seem to be eating real good.

Geargirly
Geargirly

 amiller92 - you must not live in the neighborhood because you have absolutely NO idea what you are talking about.  I suggest you visit the Trader Joe's in in St Louis Park on a Saturday morning and then tell me how well that would have worked on Lyndale Avenue with the already existing traffic and parking problems.  I am not sure where you get the idea that trader Joe's is green company but I would like to see you back that up with some cold hard facts! Going forward I suggest you research the subject you are commenting on before spouting your opinion like it is a fact! I suggest you lobby for a Trader Joe's right next to your home if you believe it will raise the value of your home! I have never heard of a house going for more because it is right next door to a popular retail store!  Just out of curiosity where do you live?

cs
cs

Oh good! We've already got the Wedge and lots of locally owned businesses on that block! And the traffic/parking is already so busy in that spot, it's a relief not to have such a huge national chain clogging traffic further.

Huladavid
Huladavid

I agree, TJ always seemed to me a low-rent version of The Wedge. huladavid@gmail.com

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

Trader Joe's is Aldi's in pretty clothing, not greener.  This would have been disastrous, LynLake is not Bloomington, and none of us want it to be.  They should be courting the Lake/Nicollet area, but apparently TJs is 'neighborhoodist.'

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