First-time developer proposes new condo building in Linden Hills

A 17-year Linden Hills resident is hoping to build his retirement home at 4253/4257/4259 Sheridan Ave. S. in a three-story condo building.

Three units of about 2,000 square feet each would replace three homes on the lot. Because the project would lose much of its green space, the developer is proposing a green roof with stairway and elevator access in two parapets. The project would have six stalls of underground parking, and the architect is exploring options for energy efficiency.

“We’re certainly excited about how this will complement Linden Hills very well,” said Paul Blomquist, a first-time developer with a background in business.

Blomquist said the three homes on the lot were previously rental properties, and they’re currently vacant and rundown.

The current project is a step down from an earlier version: In mid-July, Blomquist proposed a nine-unit condo project.

“We received feedback from neighbors, and they weren’t in favor,” Blomquist said. “Respecting their opinions, we passed on that.”

Julie Snow Architects, the project architect, is in early design stages. The architects are working with the city to determine what variances from city code the project might need.

At a Linden Hills Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee meeting on Oct. 21, neighbors expressed some pushback on the rooftop parapets, according to chair Larry LaVercombe. Other neighbors said the current houses on the site are blighted, he said, and they want to see them gone.

The Zoning Committee did not take a vote on the project.