Four major apartment developments moving forward in Uptown

Two under construction, slated for fall completion; two others moving through permitting process

THE WEDGE — Plans for a new 198-unit apartment development in Uptown are on hold, at least until March 24.

City Council Zoning and Planning Committee members expressed concerns about aspects of the Track 29 site plan at a March 3 public hearing, including: the development’s proposed height; the routing of vehicle traffic from apartments to Bryant Avenue South; and the proposed construction of a private dog park next to two existing single-family homes.

Track 29 is a proposed two-building project at the corner of the Midtown Greenway and Bryant. Both buildings will be five stories, or about 60 feet tall.

Planning commissioners approved the Track 29 site plan in February, but the matter came before the committee after Midtown Lofts Condominium Association President Bill Casey appealed the Planning Commission’s decision.

“The goal is not to cancel the project, nor to delay it unreasonably, but we do think the building as currently outlined is intrusive,” Casey, speaking on behalf of the condo association and about 25 neighborhood property owners, told
the committee.

Casey added he is particularly troubled by the proposed height of the building on the northwest corner of the lot, as the properties on the other side of West 28th Street are much shorter single-family homes.

Regarding the dog park issue, City Council Member Meg Tuthill (Ward 10) urged project developers to reconsider their plans. Tuthill said she was “very dissatisfied with a dog park (next to) two residential homes. It is going to disturb the neighbors, which is wrong.”

Other speakers raised concerns about the likelihood of increased automobile traffic on Bryant Avenue, a two-way street designated as a “bicycle boulevard” by
the city.

Citing the Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of the Track 29 plans, Bruce Malkerson, an attorney representing the project developers, argued committee members had an obligation to recommend final approval of the project. But he proposed continuation of the public hearing until the committee’s next regularly scheduled meeting, slated for March 24, so developers could respond to concerns about the project in writing.

Lake & Knox, Greenleaf developments to be completed this fall

Two major apartment developments in Uptown are under construction and slated for fall completions.

At the intersection of Lake Street and Knox Avenue, a 57-unit development with two buildings — one four floors, the other five — will soon emerge into the north Lake Calhoun cityscape.

Daniel Oberpriller, co-owner of CPM Development, said foundations were in place and the development would “start coming out of the ground” by the time this edition of the Southwest Journal went to press.

Located at 1728 W. Lake St., the Lake and Knox project will consist of luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments, 1,700 square feet of office space on the second level and a small café space at street level.

Oberpriller said there was “a lot of interest” in the café space, but CPM had not yet finalized a lease agreement with a tenant.

A model apartment should open in June, he said, with occupancy beginning in October.

Another major apartment complex is under construction on the other end of Uptown at the intersection of Lyndale Avenue South and West 28th Street.

The Greenleaf project will consist of 63 affordable rental units and 8,700 square feet of street-level commercial space.

Jesse Osendorf, Greenleaf project coordinator for Lyndale Salem Green LLC, said construction was on track to be finished by November, with occupancy to begin shortly thereafter. Developers expressed a desire to find a restaurant tenant for part of the commercial space along Lyndale Avenue, but no lease agreements had been signed in early March.

Construction was complicated by this winter’s cold, snowy conditions. Osendorf said developers were unable to finalize financing until just before Thanksgiving, forcing construction to begin at a less-than-ideal time of the year.

“As soon as we closed, we had to (begin construction), because you only have so long get it done and start generating money out of the project,” he said

Public comment sought for Bennett Lumber redevelopment plan

The city is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment of the proposed Bennett Lumber site redevelopment.

The project involves the construction of a six-story, 223-unit apartment building along the Midtown Greenway between Colfax and Dupont avenues south.

In total, development plans for the project involve three phases of construction and up to 710 residential units. It was supported by the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association board at a meeting earlier this winter in a split vote, despite concerns about the height and density of the project.

Public comments on the environmental assessment, which is available on the city’s website, must be made before April 6.

Those comments will then be passed along to the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee for discussion at its April 21 meeting.

Finally, Dominion Development’s plans for a 130-unit affordable rental housing development at 1006 W. Lake. St. may go before the Planning Commission in April, according to project developers.