More housing planned for Bennett Lumber site

THE WEDGE – City planning officials will meet with developers to discuss designs for three new buildings that could bring another 388 units to Uptown’s Bennett Lumber site later this week.

Plans for the site will be discussed at the Planning Commission of the Whole’s meeting on Thursday. The Planning Commission of the Whole discusses projects with applicants before the plans are brought to the Planning Commission for a vote.

Greystar Real Estate Partners, one of the largest apartment operators in the country, purchased part of the 5.6-acre Bennett site, situated between Fremont and Colfax Avenues along W. 29th Street, in January.

City officials have approved plans for 217 units on the site, but it’s unclear when construction could begin. Attempts to reach Greystar on Monday were immediately unsuccessful. 

Jim Gearen, of the Zeller Realty Group, was among the investors who sold the property to Greystar.

Gearen said Monday that Greystar has not yet purchased the parcels where the additional units would be built, but that the company must exercise its option to purchase the remaining sites by the end of the year.

The properties include 2820 and 2828 Dupont Ave. S, 2812 and 2828 Emerson Ave. S. and 1209 W. 28th St.

Gearon would not disclose the specifics of the agreement.

The Bennett site sits adjacent to the Midtown Greenway. Leaders of the bike trail have expressed concerns about potential shadowing related to several recent building proposals along the path.

Soren Jensen, the Midtown Greenway’s executive director, said the group is scheduled to meet with developers on Thursday to look at their plans.

Midtown Greenway leaders previously embraced designs for the 217-unit project, which includes elements such as a plaza and promenade that Jensen said enhances the bike path, giving Jensen hopes that the new designs will also be accepted.

“We have a lot of confidence in the way they’re looking at the Greenway,” Jensen said.