Height Topples Another Condo Project

by Alex Stenback on November 23, 2005

2626southelevation_000       Graphic Courtesy of The Lander Group

The Lander Group, which had proposed a six story mixed-use condo development on Lake Calhoun, has withdrawn their proposal, due to neighborhood opposition.   From the Minneapolis Observer:

The project, at 2622 W. Lake Street, had attracted criticism from neighborhood groups because it violated the zoning code related to height in the Shoreland Overlay District near the lake. The city’s Planning Commission had earlier concurred with the critics and denied Lander a conditional use permit that would allow the developer to circumvent the zoning restrictions.

Apparently, they pulled the proposal before the increasingly acrophobic City Council could vote it down. Though few want the shores of the metro lakes lined with condo towers, this strikes us as a little odd given that this building would have been adjacent to, and the same height as, the existing Calhoun Beach Club and Apartments.

No word on whether the folks at the Lander Group will take this one back to the drawing board.
· Developer Withdraws Controversial Calhoun Project [Mpls Observer]
· 2626 West Lake [The Lander Group]

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

duane November 23, 2005 at 8:49 pm

I should email you more probably. You know they scrapped the funeral home condo project right (Central Ave and St Anthony Pkwy, NE Mpls)?

Editor November 23, 2005 at 11:05 pm

We did catch that one, though didn’t post about it.

By all means, email tips – and that applies to anyone – they are a big part of what makes this blog.

Brooklynegg November 28, 2005 at 3:18 pm

“…strikes us as a little odd given that this building would have been adjacent to, and the same height as, the existing Calhoun Beach Club and Apartments.”

Apparently, the current zoning was a reaction to buildings like the Calhoun Beach Club and Apartments and its height, so it should not be surprising when a like-sized building is denied.

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