Council panel reviewing two controversial developments Thursday

Two controversial proposed developments are coming before the Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee on Thursday.

The much-debated Linden Corner project and a proposal for a seven-story building that critics say will shadow the Midtown Greenway will both be discussed at the meeting, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Minneapolis City Hall.

The Linden Corner project received a series of approvals from the Minneapolis Planning Commission in February, but several appeals have been filed.

Plans call for a 90,000-square-foot, five-story building at 43rd and Upton Avenue. Opponents have objected to the scale of the building, and want the project to be limited to the city standard of three stories. 

The project at 29th and Lyndale, in the Lyn Lake neighborhood, has been opposed by the Midtown Greenway Coalition because they say it will put a shadow over the popular bikeway for 3.5 months of the year.

Such shadows make for dangerous conditions in the winter because they prevent ice and snow from melting, group leaders say. The group wants an alternative design that would allow more sunlight to reach the trail.

The developer, Greco, is seeking a conditional use permit that would allow the building to reach seven stories, as opposed to the four-story limit. Plans call for a mixed-use building with 171 apartments, retail space and underground parking. The lot slated for development is currently vacant.

Greco is the same developer that built the five-story, 242-unit Blue building, which opened in Lyn Lake in 2008.

The meeting agenda can be found online here:http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/zp/WCMS1P-087557