Talks have resumed with Brian Goff, owner of the vacant lot at 3601 Nicollet Ave., the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) and city officials.
The city approved housing/retail redevelopment plans for Goff’s site in December 2002, but the project stalled in the city’s permit approval process. Now, Goff says he’s talking again with the neighborhood about a larger development.
Goff said he’s working on plans to build a three- to four-story development with an undetermined number of condominium units, retail spaces and an underground parking facility.
The approved 2002 plan included four residential units and two retail spaces; prospective tenants included an unspecified coffee shop chain and sandwich place.
KFNA supported the 2002 project, which required upzoning the property from C1 to C2 to allow drive-through access and increase the building’s height and parking.
Goff said he then waited five months for the city to issue a building permit. He said he began working on other projects, mothballing the Kingfield development.
He said he considered reducing the 3601 Nicollet project to a one-story retail building, but KFNA and city leaders have urged him to think bigger than before.
KFNA President David Motzenbecker said because the site is a premier neighborhood spot, it should have a larger-scale, mixed-use development.
Goff said he had planned to start building the one-story structure July 1, but given neighborhood and city enthusiasm, he’s waiting to solidify something larger. "It’s a matter of working with the neighborhood and getting the right plan," he said.
Goff said the one-story option remains a backup if he runs into problems with a larger development. A date has not yet been set to begin construction.