City Council Sinks Lagoon Development

by Alex Stenback on June 24, 2005

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Image Courtesy of the Star-Tribune

Don’t you just love our graphics department? The lofty ambitions of the developers of the 12-story Condo/retail/theater complex planned for the Lagoon area were dealt a blow Thursday as the City Council Planning and Zoning Committee failed to endorse the project, citing concerns about its height, and impact on the character of Uptown. From the Strib:

"The building is too tall and doesn’t match the character of the area," [committee member] Schiff said, adding that he’s worried that approving such a tall project in Uptown would set a precedent for future developments.

The project still has a shot – it goes before the full city council for a vote on July 1st – but given the committee’s non-endorsement, and vocal opposition from Mayor RT Ryback, it seems likely that the development site will remain a surface parking lot where patrons go to puke after a night at Williams Pub.
· Uptown is Not Downtown [mnspeak.com]
· Panel Levels Plans For Uptown Development [strib]
· Committee Deals Blow to Lagoon Project [mpls observer]

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Rob June 24, 2005 at 2:26 pm

You may want to check out http://www.twincityscape.com/forum – a forum on local urban development where we’ve been having a spirited conversation about this decision.
Great site, by the way.

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