Retailers are preparing to leave the southwest corner of Lyndale & Franklin to make way for a new six-story project on the site.
The developer Master is proposing a mixed-use project with an hourly parking ramp, according to neighborhood groups briefed on the plans.
“Since parking is tight in that area, that’s something the board members listened to with interest,” said Burt Coffin, a member of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA).
The displaced retailers include Steeple People Thrift Store and One 21 barbershop. **
The One 21 owners said they hope to find a new location in the neighborhood.
“I thought I was going to retire from this spot, but such is life,” said co-owner Tony Gulyard. “If I owned the building, I would sell it too.”
Steeple People will continue operating at Lyndale & Franklin while staff search for a new location. It’s possible the store could close permanently, if a suitable location can’t be found. Customers can leave their email addresses with the cashier to receive inventory sale information and updates on their plans. ***
A Master representative said he wasn’t ready to discuss project details at press time. Master is scheduled to present to the LHENA Zoning Committee at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Jefferson Elementary, 1200 W. 26th St.
“It’s going to change the neighborhood, that’s for sure,” Gulyard said.
** Minneapolis Theatre Garage will become part of the new development.
Staff at the nearby dry cleaner and David Petersen Gallery were unaware of the project at press time, but new city documents indicate their site may become part of the project. Master declined to comment.
***Steeple People originally needed to move out by May 31, but that deadline is no longer in place.