Developer withdraws appeals, West Lake Street project in limbo

Lander Group withdrew appeals relating to its proposed condo/retail project at 2626 West Lake St. before the full City Council Nov. 18. The building is currently occupied by Weisman Enterprises.

Lander had appealed an Oct. 17 City Planning Commission ruling shooting down the 70-unit project in Cedar-Isles-Dean, which needed city permission for an increase in building height, lot coverage and for location within the Shoreland Overlay District (SOD) near Lake Calhoun.

Calls to the appellants were not returned by press time. City Planner for the project, Hilary Watson, said the appeals were withdrawn and she has not been in recent contact with the developer.

The CARAG-based Lander development group, headed by developer Michael Lander, has been on the project working since early this year. Plans for the property included one 10-story, one eight-story and two three-story buildings. Within the SOD, building height is capped at 2.5 stories or 35 feet high. A conditional-use permit is necessary to bypass the zoning restriction.

The Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association voted to not support Lander’s project in July. After viewing various versions of the plan, the group’s sticking point was the footprint of the building. Some area residents also object to the proposed buildings’ heights.

Watson verified that no current plans are before the city for review.