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New Store to Replace Old Windom Perkins Building

Owners are proposing to tear down the eyesore.

A Windom eyesore may soon vanish, if all goes well for prospective developers the former Perkins building on the 6000 block of Nicollet when they come before Minneapolis' City Planning Commission on Jan. 7.

The Minneapolis Perkins closed in 2011 when its parent company filed for bankruptcy.

Goodwill Easter Seals is proposing to build a Goodwill store on the site of the restaurant and its two adjacent parking lots. The two-story building will entirely replace the ex-eatery, according to documents posted with the commision's agenda. A donations-processing facility will be located in the rear of the proposed building.

Final plans aren't yet available, but a report by city planning staff states the entire Goodwill facility will be just under 21,000 square feet. For comparison, the three-lot site is 32,000 square feet, and the report says a landscaped parking lot with 32 spaces will face the street on a little over half the parcel.

A loading dock will be part of the design, and will be located in the back of the building.

City staff are proposing the commission approve the proposed store.

Kelly Casey January 03, 2013 at 04:00 PM
what is the environmental impact of this? 2 stories? traffic is already atrocious at this intersection. the constant stream of drop offs will back up the Cub/church intersection. I am all for a Chatterbox also. The neighborhood is super trashy what with the bus stops and what people leave behind. Please entertain another business. It's not that far to drive to Richfield's ARC, and that's a very big store with drop off donations. There's also a Goodwill just over 494 on Lyndale in Bloomington. Besides, I want a local business that has a laid back environment like a coffee house.
John Ferman January 03, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Oh, how well do I remember that Perkin's. In the early days it was called Perkin's Pancake House and jealously guarded its signature pancake recipe. If my memory serves, I think it was the first Perkin's restuarant. As a young man (I am in my mid-80s now) I breakfast dined there often.
Sean Hayford Oleary January 03, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Kelly: What on earth are you talking about? I bike and drive through 60th/Nicollet regularly, and have never once experienced significant delays (such as having to wait through two light cycles). I don't think this facility will have a measurable, poor impact. I'll be curious to see what the design actually looks like. A little disappointed about parking facing Nicollet, but it sounds like the building may redeem itself otherwise.
Carolyn January 09, 2013 at 12:59 PM
We loved Perkins and met friends for coffee there weekly. Do we honestly need another Goodwill store? I frequent all the recycle stores and love Goodwill, but we could truly use a breakfast/coffee store near the Cub store. I look forward to seeing some life around there again. Carolyn
Gwen Voegtle January 30, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I would love to see a casual eatery. If not a coffee place then how about a chicago hotdog/roast beef sandwich kind of place? I don't think the neighborhood is super trashy, it is semi industrial, but I live here and it is super convenient to everything and the crime rate is low. It's great for young families and working people. I like Good Will, but I was disappointed when I heard they were building. I did see the design and it is really nice.

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