CARAG says no to Calhoun Square expansion for a CB2 store

The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group voted 22-0-1 against Calhoun Square’s request to construct a one-level building to the south of the mall for a proposed CB2 store.

In 2008, the city approved Calhoun Square to build a five-level mixed-use development on the site, with two levels for commercial and three for residential.

The mall has since scrapped those plans and wants to instead build a one-level building on the corner of 31st Street and Hennepin Avenue. That would require demolishing a vacant two-level building on the site.

CB2 is the hip, urban version of Crate & Barrel, a home furnishings store.

CARAG members, during their October meeting, said they liked the idea of bring more retail to Uptown and some said they like the CB2 brand. But they said the one-level building is not a good use of space in the heart of Uptown. They referred to the Uptown Small Area Plan, which was adopted by stakeholders in 2008 and calls for taller buildings in the middle of Uptown.

The city Planning Commission will vote on Calhoun Square’s request Nov. 1.