Review of Linden Corner project postponed again

LINDEN HILLS — The Minneapolis Planning Commission will wait until their Feb. 6 meeting to take up the Linden Corner project.

The Planning Commission was slated to take up the proposal for the first time on Jan. 9, but decided to delay action until their meeting on Monday after the city received a citizen’s petition calling for further review of the planned five-story mixed-use building.

But the Planning Commission decided to delay a discussion on the project again because it remains unclear if further environmental review will be needed.

The city’s Zoning and Planning Committee voted on Jan. 19 to reject the petitioners request for further environmental review, but the decision must be affirmed by the City Council, which meets on Friday.The Planning Commission can’t act on the application until that process is complete.
 
The Planning Commission is being asked to sign off on a special use permit allowing the building to be five stories tall. Current code limits construction on the site, at 43rd and Upton Avenue, to three stories.

A group of residents has criticized the proposal for being too large for the area and has pledged to continue to fight the proposal.