New plan for Famous Dave’s site advances

LINDEN HILLS — The city Planning Commission approved plans Oct. 1 for a three-story condo building at 4250 and 4254 Upton Ave. S., the current home of Famous Dave’s and the Edward Jones office building. 

The smaller project size allowed it to circumvent a neighborhood moratorium on new development while Linden Hills creates a small-area plan. 

“Before, a lot of people objected to the size of Linden Corner,” said Christopher Maddox, communications chair of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, referring to the former six-story proposal rejected by the City Council. “This is within all the zoning criteria, so whether people like it or not, there is nothing people can do.”

He said a neighborhood subcommittee will determine in the coming weeks whether the area’s pocket park should be enhanced after construction. 

The approved project includes 18 condo units, 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retailers or offices — no restaurant — and underground parking. 

Developer Mark Dwyer said construction will begin after the 18 condominiums are pre-sold. 

“All of us are thrilled with this new opportunity,” he said in an email.