France Avenue Apartments design is finalized


After more than two years of debate and revision, plans for the France Avenue Apartments may be settled. The city Planning Commission approved plans in December for three-story apartments (42 feet tall) at 4525 France Ave. S.


The project would include 35 enclosed and six surface parking spaces. A house and a 15-unit apartment building would be demolished to make way for the project. The developer plans to install a bicycle repair shop in the bike storage room fronting France Avenue.


At a November Linden Hills Neighborhood Council meeting, the board voted to “not oppose” the project, although some residents continued to object to the plans. According to meeting minutes, residents raised concerns about height, traffic, and the loss of the affordable housing complex slated for demolition.


The scope of the project once reached four stories (56 feet) and 62 units, covering four land parcels instead of two. The project was placed on hold during a yearlong moratorium, while Linden Hills completed a small area plan to guide future development. The project shrunk to 31 units in recent months in response to resident concerns.