Neighborhood group to vote on Calhoun Square plans next week

The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) board will decide whether to approve new plans for the redevelopment of Calhoun Square at a meeting Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.

The group, which represents the Uptown neighborhood that shares its acronym, listened to a final presentation of the plans, questioned developers and discussed options for approval at its regular monthly meeting Jan. 15. A decision could not be reached that night, so the Jan. 22 meeting was scheduled for further discussion and a vote.

Developers have not made plans for the shopping center public beyond meetings with neighborhood groups and city planners. But according to the last CARAG meeting, the development would include a revamped two-level mall, a new parking ramp with more than 700 spaces and a 108-unit residential component.

Tenants for the new center were not announced, but included restaurants, a variety of other retailers and a “major sports and health facility.”

Wider sidewalks, improved streetscape elements, a new bus shelter and more interior seating and gathering areas are other aspects of the redesign.

The plans are scheduled to go to the City’s Planning Commission in early February and to the City Council afterward for final approval. The CARAG board’s decision of whether to support the project would be sent to city officials as a recommendation.

Minnetonka, Minn.-based Capital Growth Madison Marquette is overseeing Calhoun Square’s redevelopment. The company was retained as site manager after New York-based investment firm BlackRock bought the mall last year.

Previous Calhoun Square owner Principal Financial Group, which received the city’s OK for a mixed-use revamp of the center, sold the property when the housing market imploded.