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Plans for residences, food hall in Minneapolis industrial area clear major hurdle

Rejecting the counsel of the city’s planning staff, the Minneapolis Planning Commission has recommended approval of a comprehensive plan amendment that would allow an incursion of residential development into an area of southeast Minneapolis currently set aside for industrial uses. By a 7-1 vote, the commission on Monday sided with a request by developers John Wall and Jeffrey Barnhart to recommend carving out 9.4 acres from the Southeast Minneapolis Industrial Area in the city’s Prospect Park neighborhood. The move will trigger a set of land use requests that would allow development of a residential tower and food hall near the United Crushers grain elevator and the Surly Brewery.The recommendation would have to be approved by the Minneapolis City Council’s zoning committee and the full council before being sent to the Metropolitan Council for review. If successful there, the developers could return to the city with a detailed proposal and a request to rezone the land just north of the University of Minnesota’s transitway, which connects the school’s Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.“This is a legacy project,” said Barnhart. “I’m trying to do something amazing.” Only nine of the 21 acres owned by Wall would be open for residential use. The rest would be developed under industrial zoning.But Barnhart called the residential tower and food hall the core of the plan, saying it is needed to help pay for needed road and infrastructure improvements as well as green space and district stormwater sharing. “I convinced John Wall this was a good idea,” Barnhart said. “So if it flops, you can blame me.”... Continue Reading


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