CPM Development’s footprint may continue to grow in Uptown, with a new project proposed a block away from two others in development. CPM is proposing a four-story building at 1708 and 1714 W. Lake St. with a mix of apartments, commercial space and parking.
The project is on a tight timeline. To settle litigation with the city, the developer has agreed to flood its lowest parking level at 1800 Lake in order to stop discharging water through the city storm sewer into the chain of lakes. To help offset the lost parking, the new project next door would contain one level of underground parking connected to 1800 Lake, with 23 legal and five tandem spaces.
Additional parking for the new tenants, amounting to 14 legal and seven tandem spaces, would stand on the first level of the new building, with retail fronting Lake Street. The second floor is slated for office space; the third floor would hold six apartments; and the fourth floor, set back from the building edge, would contain a single 2,000-square-foot apartment.
The project would need special city approval for height. The proposed 51-foot building would rise above 42-foot height limits for the site’s zoning, and its position inside the Shoreland Overlay District requires a conditional use permit to go above 35 feet.
The developer expects to visit the city Planning Commission in mid-March.
The developer’s consent decree and settlement with the city of Minneapolis is not contingent on city approval of the new project.
The settlement reached in mid-January requires Lake and Knox LLC to flood the 1800 Lake basement and pay the city nearly $300,000 to cover past and future damages and costs related to water reroute during the Loppet. The pumping must stop by March 31, with delays resulting in $5,000 daily penalties.
In January, Hennepin County District Court judges ruled that Lake and Knox LLC’s subcontractors, including BKV Group, Braun Intertec and RLK Inc., may be liable for damages.
East Isles residents are anxious for the resolution of 1800 Lake’s water issues. The neighborhood’s Zoning & Land Use Committee sent a letter to CPM this month with feedback on the new project.
Committee Chair Allan Amis said he hopes the top-floor setback allows pedestrians to perceive the building as being 40 feet high, rather than its peak of 51 feet on the penthouse. The committee is also interested in alcoves and pedestrian-friendly spaces in the project.
“We felt 1800 [Lake] next door has done a lot better job of giving a sense of a friendlier pedestrian sort of approach to the sidewalk,” Amis said. “Much of the ground floor is pulled away from the sidewalk.”
As part of the neighborhood review, East Isles wants confirmation of compliance with the state’s new energy code.
Masonry is proposed for the Lake Street facade, and Amis said he appreciates the “reserved” palette of materials, which he said is unlike most other new buildings in Uptown.
“I’m getting a little tired of the visual ‘wow,'” Amis said.
At an East Calhoun committee meeting in January, architects said the building height would relate well to other buildings in the area.
“I think aesthetically it looks really nice,” said Steve Latham, an East Calhoun resident.
Other residents questioned whether there was enough density in the project, and some wished for more green space. East Calhoun resident Linda Todd requested more rooftop greening.
In response, Principal Gabe Keller of Peterssen/Keller Architecture explained that green roofs are costly to build and require expensive units in the building.
Kate Davenport, co-chair of ECCO’s Livability Committee, said she’s interested to see who will end up filling the retail, as there are few independent stores left in the area.