Monday, August 13, 2012
Project planned for former Linden Corner site.
Just in time for his presentation before the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, developer Mark Dwyer released the above image of his 4250 Upton project Monday afternoon. The condo building is planned for the site of the former Linden Corner project, at 43rd and Upton in the heart of the Linden Hills village. It is only about half the size of the Linden Corner project, though, and fits within the site's current zoning. Dwyer will present the details of his proposal to the neighborhood on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Linden Hills Park rec center.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Developer originally to speak Aug. 14
It looks as though the residents of Linden Hills will have to wait just a little bit longer to hear the details of a proposed development at the corner of 43rd Street and Upton Avenue South. According to Constance Pepin, co-chair of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC), the meeting is being rescheduled to Aug. 16. As Patch had reported last week, the meeting was originally slated for Aug. 14. However, primary elections for the November 2012 general election are being held on that date, and Pepin said LHiNC board members did not want the event conflict with the elections.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
New proposal emerges for Famous Dave's site in Linden Hills.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Second time's the charm? That might be the case for Linden Hills resident and developer Mark Dwyer. His previous effort to redevelop the corner of 43rd and Upton, called Linden Corner, got the axe from the Minneapolis City Council in March. “We have a great opportunity with this corner to start a dialogue (with the community) to see what we can do,” Dwyer told Patch at the time. That dialogue looks set to begin August 14, according to Linden Hills Neighborhood Councilmember Chris Maddox, when Dwyer is scheduled to present his preliminary plans to the neighborhood. Dwyer is also scheduled for an informal feedback session with the Minneapolis Planning Commission on July 19. While Linden Hills' two business districts are currently under a …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Councilmember Betsy Hodges urged City Council to oppose the project.
The Linden Corner project—at least in its current form—appears to be dead, shot through the heart by all five members of the Minneapolis City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee present on Thursday afternoon. Partly at the urging of Councilmember Betsy Hodges (Ward 13), councilmembers voted unanimously to grant development opponents’ appeal of last month’s Planning Commission vote to let the project go forward. Councilmembers said the project was out of scale for the neighborhood, wasn't supported by enough transit capacity, and seemed like an "end-run" around the zoning process because it didn't try to get the corner of 43rd and Upton re-zoned to a denser category. “I’m absolutely overjoyed,” said development opponent Chris Maddox. “…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
City Council must now act on pocket park on site.
To noises of disgust from many in the standing-room-only crowd, the Minneapolis Planning Commission voted 6-1 Monday night to approve the controversial Linden Corner development. “The neighborhood group will likely appeal. We will also start lobbying the City Council,” said Jane Prince, a lawyer for opponents of the development. The project now moves before the City Counil’s Zoning and Planning Committee for discussion of whether the City will abandon control of the small “pocket park” at the corner of Upton Avenue and 43rd Street. Developer Mark Dwyer has proposed building a replacement park next to the building. If the neighborhood opposition group appeals any of the Planning Commission’s decisions, those appeals will also be heard by …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Opponents and proponents lay out their arguments for and against the development.
After many months of trial before the court of public opinion, the Linden Corner project is finally going to get a hearing before the body that really matters—the Minneapolis City Planning Commission. The commission's debate had been postponed several weeks after development opponents requested the city reveiw the project's possible environmental impact on Lake Harriet. The city council's Zoning and Planning Committee found that the project did not need an environmental review according to current law. The Commission will hear developer Mark Dwyer's proposal at 4:30 p.m. on Monday in the City Council's chambers. Dwyer recently wrote an opinion column in the Southwest Journal repeating his arguments in favor of his proposed development. …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A petition asking for environmental review pushes the hearing back two weeks.
Judgement Day for Linden Corner? Hardly. Dreams of dramatic debate over the disputed development were dashed Monday afternoon when Planning Commission President David Motzenbecker pushed the project’s hearing back by two weeks. Motzenbecker told the 80 or so citizens and media members in attendance that the city had received a last-minute petition Monday morning from a group opposing the project, asking for a review of the project’s environmental impact. City staff, he said, hadn’t had time to determine if the mixed-use project was exempted from such reviews. The parking lots developer Mark Dwyer would like to build on in Linden Hills were once the site of a gas station, whose underground tanks have contaminated the ground with benzene and…
Monday, December 12, 2011
The public got a long, up-close look at the final design proposed for 43rd and Upton.
For all the local media attention and community discussion Mark Dwyer's Linden Corner project has generated, the hundreds who crowded into the Linden Hills Park recreation center on Sunday showed that interest in the controversial development is far from waning. Representatives of Linden Hills Residents for Responsible Development, an opposition group, said that at Sunday's event, alone, they sold between 100 and 200 lawn signs carrying their message: "It takes a village to keep a village," with a red circle and slash superimposed over a photo of the development. "The neighborhood seems to be uniting against it," said Linden Hills resident Tim Ackerman, who lives near the proposed location. But for many, Sunday's open house, organized by …
Friday, December 2, 2011
The design, now submitted to city, will be reviewed in January.
UPDATED 8:51 p.m. 12/2/11: This article originally misstated the time and hosts of the open house. UPDATED 3:34 p.m. 12/5/11: A time for the open house has been announced! The three-year-old, winding saga of Linden Corner may be nearing the endgame. His plans officially submitted to the city, and a hearing before the Planning Commission penciled for Jan. 9, developer the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) are giving the Linden Hills neighborhood a long look at the final plans for his controversial development. Stop by the recreation center at Linden Hills Park on Sunday, Dec. 11 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to see the final plans, which were modified somewhat following a series of focus groups with a select group of neighborhood …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Elections saw much greater turnout than normal.
Neighborhood worries—and perhaps some anger—propelled seven opponents of the Linden Corner development on to the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) Board. The unusually intense election was Thursday night. As Patch had reported earlier this week, several members of the organized opposition to the Linden Corner project and other like-minded Linden Hills residents put themselves forward as candidates who would "uphold the current zoning laws." In an email to Patch comparing LHiNC's experience with the failed CVS development several years ago to the proposed Linden Corner development, outgoing LHiNC Board chair Lesley Lydell said "all board candidates and members uphold the zoning code(...)the code allows for the very type of CUP (…