Southwest Senior Center site may hold 41 residences

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A proposal to build 41 market-rate residences at 3612-3616 Bryant Ave. S. will come before the city Planning Commission on April 23.

The residences would stand on the site of the former Southwest Senior Center, which closed last summer following a reduction in United Way funding.

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The new building would rise 50 feet. A city staff report referenced the project as four stories, but said the technical height is five stories due to a significant grade change on the site, making a garage level count as an additional story.

The residences would range from 405-square-foot efficiencies to 903-square-foot two-bedroom units. The garage would hold 20 vehicles and 21 bike parking spaces. The first floor would feature a community room, and the fourth floor would include a community deck.

36 Bryant LLC, which cites Jeffrey Hall as the registered agent, did not return calls to describe the plans. Hennepin County records indicate that 36 Bryant LLC purchased the property from Volunteers of America on March 6 for $699,600.

Some residents who wrote to the Planning Commission raised concerns about shadowing, and others said they wish the project included retail. Several said they worried that parking is increasingly at a premium in the neighborhood.

Other residents disagreed; one resident five blocks north of the project noted its location on a bike boulevard near transit.

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The site is zoned C1, a Neighborhood Commercial District, which allows development of 2.5 stories or 35 feet.  The developer is requesting a conditional use permit to increase the height of the building, as well as a variance to increase the floor area ratio and a variance to reduce the setback to the south. City staff recommends that the Planning Commission approves all of the requests, with the exception of a southside setback for balconies.

Details of the proposal are available at

The public hearing is April 23 at 4:30 p.m. in room 317 of City Hall, located at 350 S. 5th St.

The developer will present details of the project at a meeting Wednesday, May 2 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Walker Methodist Health Center in room 119A at 3737 Bryant Ave. S. The meeting is hosted by the Ward 10 office and the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association. Neighbors will have the opportunity to ask questions and share comments on the proposal.