Linden Hills development gets Minneapolis Planning Commission's approval

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2012 - 11:07 PM

Many Linden Hills residents are opposed.

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rinder82Feb. 7, 12 7:32 AM

I rode the bus from Uptown or Downtown on a regular basis for three years and exited the bus in front of this development. The little corner park was far from beloved. I can count the number of times I saw people using it on two hands. The bus bench was a much more popular seating area, despite the trees and landscaping of the small park.

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west336Feb. 7, 12 7:41 AM

This WILL fit in nicely with the surrounding area, and I bet residents won't loathe it once it's built and a great addition to the area. I grew up going to Linden Hills all the time and it's part of my memories as a child, and this site does NOT hinder those memories. It's good to see that common sense triumphs over emotional irrationality.

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jaromir68Feb. 7, 12 7:53 AM

Yes!!! Good wins over evil!

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ephrakerFeb. 7, 12 9:01 AM

The article could have been more clear about where exactly this is being built and what park they are referring to. Is something being torn down in order to allocate space for the new construction? If it is really being built at the location cited then I assume it is in the location of Famous Dave's but nothing is mentioned about it.

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lakewinnieFeb. 7, 12 9:03 AM

Thank goodness normalcy and wisdom prevails over the shrill of those opposed to this.

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mnpls1234Feb. 7, 1210:44 AM

I live a few blocks away on the same street as this proposed development. I think it is GREAT that common sense prevailed over a few vocal and well organized dissenters. I was surprised to see a local business come out in opposition to the project in the SW journal and to put up anti-progress signs in their store window. I will miss shopping there.

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OddenFeb. 7, 1210:56 AM

I was at the meeting last night. City council member Gary Schiff was the one dealing in facts and codes as they are now written. This area is zoned C1, low density with a height restriction of 42 feet for a reason. I thought the pictures of the proposed building looked nice and inviting. But, I am still waiting to hear the one good reason it needs to be 59 feet. The 59 foot variance that was passed may have to be raised a few feet, by the time it is built. A problem with trash disposal and garbage trucks not being able to get behind the building came up last night. The saga continues.

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liberaleliteFeb. 7, 12 3:55 PM

Yes! Great! Glad this came through. I e-mailed my city council rep in support of this. This needs to happen all over our city to strengthen it for global competitiveness in the future. If anyone doesn't understand why, I think the best book I've read which supports why we need to increase housing units is The Gated City by Ryan Avent. It clearly explains why some big cities are the most in demand but also the least attainable. New York and San Francisco may be at the top of the demand list, but they're actually missing out on a lot of opportunities when housing supply is artificially capped and fluctuations end up pushing people towards less desirable cities. We're a more desirable city who can become more desirable AND also maintain demand. The plan for that is to allow the market to meet urban housing demand.

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mquirkFeb. 7, 12 4:43 PM

2000 signatures on a petition against the development is more than a small minority. If that many people are against it, the development obviously should not happen. The political process does not seem to be working here yet, but hopefully the City Council will make a good decision.

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liberaleliteFeb. 7, 12 4:51 PM

Surprised 2000 people love a surface parking lot enough. Or if they actually cared, they would have come up with a business plan and proposed a competing plan to the property owners.

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