Ideas proposed for future of 40th & Lyndale

More than 60 East Harriet and Kingfield residents and business owners convened at Walker Methodist Health Center last month to discuss the future of the 40th Street & Lyndale Avenue intersection.

The intersection is the site of two controversial SuperAmerica (SA) gas stations that operated simultaneously for years. The station on the Southwest corner of the intersection closed last April and has been sitting vacant since.

The 40th and Lyndale Task Force, a group of Kingfield and East Harriet residents concerned about the node, has been working with SA officials and organized last month’s meeting to talk about long-term visions for the area. SA officials attended the meeting, as did city staff and two members of the City Council. A professional facilitator moderated the discussion.

Ideas for the area were diverse. One large SA, an Internet café, a grocery store, a pedestrian transit station, affordable housing, a coffee shop and an art gallery were just a few of the proposed uses for the intersection. The task force will use the ideas during their development of a land use proposal for the node.

Task Force Chairman Matt Perry said similar visioning sessions have taken place in the past, but the results were not documented. He thought progress was made at the most recent meeting.

“The positive energy and community-based visioning set the stage for what I expect will be a very constructive process in improving the intersection at 40th and Lyndale Avenue,” he said.

Perry expects compiled information from the meeting to be published on the East Harriet and Kingfield websites later this month. Kingfield’s website is at www.kingfield.org and East Harriet’s is at www.eastharriet.org.