Southdale address could attract not just shoppers, but residents, too

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Part of Southdale’s parking lot is giving way to luxury apartments as developers eye unused land in attractive spots.

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toner_04Aug. 4, 13 9:46 PM

Who wants to live at a mall no one shops at? There's a half filled apartment kiddie corner and a mostly empty Westin right next to it.

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mingo21Aug. 5, 13 6:05 AM

In my opinion - nice concept but the location seems odd - no matter which direction you come from you have to go through 15 plus stop lights just to get home or go somewhere from your home. Iwould not want a unit facing the mall- that heat coming off that asphalt oasis would be terrible.

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Truth Be ToldAug. 5, 1310:59 AM

The question is where are the low income residential units that the Met Council keeps preaching we need? All the powers (Met Council) want to force low income housing on Richfield while Edina avoids it like the plague. And because Edina wields influence they let Edina off the hook every time.

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rvjesseAug. 5, 1311:45 AM

toner_04 Last I knew the Westin had 13 units left for sale of the original 82 available there.

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nmhoodAug. 5, 1312:41 PM

I think suburban retrofit / parking lot infill is a great concept and should be expanded further - the sheer amount of underutilized land in and around malls is shocking! I think this place will likely do very well.

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nmhoodAug. 5, 1312:41 PM

One caveat to the comment I made above - walkability will have to improve in the area if it's to become a successful urban place.

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cabramsAug. 5, 13 1:23 PM

There is a nice walkway around Centennial Lakes. I hope this parking lot comes with some green land and a connection to the Centennial trail.

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cochese519Aug. 6, 1311:50 AM

I like the idea of filling in these mall parking lots, but the last I remember, the overall area wasn't very walkable. Even in the rendering included, it doesn't look like it would be very attractive to walk along 69th or York with no trees planted along the "boulevard" or "tree lawn" in between the sidewalk and the street.

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