Planning Commission approves new Lake Street building

Credit: Design by Peterssen/Keller Architecture and DJR Architecture

The city Planning Commission recently voted 5-1 to approve plans for seventeen10, a four-story building at 1708-1714 W. Lake St.

The structure will include commercial space and parking on the ground level, two office spaces on the second floor, six apartments on the third floor and a single penthouse on the fourth floor. One level of below-grade parking will connect to the 1800 Lake Apartments next door.

The approved conditional use permit allows the developer to build a 49-foot structure standing above 35-foot height limits near the lakes.

The East Isles Residents Association voted to support the project in March, noting that the building height had dropped a few feet from an earlier proposal due to a change in construction materials. The neighborhood also noted the brick proposed for all four sides of the building, a redesigned front entry to better engage with the sidewalk, and the developer’s commitment to share documents proving compliance with state energy code. The residents said they hope the ground floor would include either a restaurant, cafe or coffee shop with sidewalk seating.

The new underground parking would offset lost parking next door, as the developer floods the 1800 Lake basement in order to stop pumping groundwater into the chain of lakes.

The flooded parking is part of a settlement agreement between the developer and the city of Minneapolis. Litigation is ongoing involving the Park Board and the developer’s contractors. Mediation is scheduled for May 20, and a trial is scheduled for August in Hennepin County District Court.