36th and Nicollet development gets city approval

The zoning changes for a proposed mixed-use development at 3601 Nicollet Ave. S., previously denied by the city’s planning department, were approved by the City Council on Dec. 13.

The development will have four residential units and two retail spaces. Tentative tenants include a coffeeshop and sandwich place, though no businesses were named. Architect Mitch Booth, C.M. Architecture, said a change from C1 to C2 zoning was necessary to accommodate the proposed building’s height and parking requirements. He said the change also ensures that the development could have drive-thru access.

Steve Jevning, president of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, said the board fully supported the project despite the property’s up-zoning. He said that although board members questioned the necessity of the drive-thru, they liked the mixed-use development concept and recommended city approval.