9.1.06

mpls: Grocery mega-block at Hennepin and 12th

More details on the downtown Lunds development from the latest Downtown Journal:

To the west of the 1208 building, a new 2,436-square-foot building at 1214 Harmon Place will place a restaurant tenant and “pocket park” in place of a current surface parking lot. The new structure will “utilize a design based on the facades of the [historic] era,” states a staff report by City Planner Becca Farrar.
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Douglas Kline, the new director of communications at Lund Food Holdings, said that Lund is in discussion with retailers for the spaces but had no additional information about whether the current tenants would stay. Lund is working on final plans for the block, Kline said, and no information is available about the restaurant tenant or a starting date for construction.

This development, which offerred a polite "no" to the suggestions made by the Historic Preservation Comission, is bigger than I'd thought. They're going to redevelop/renovate the entire block. It'd be nice if Lund's didn't completely determine the kind of tenanats that were in it's building. There's a frame store and a printing store in the building now...

But, griping aside, a new grocery and one less surface parking lot is good news in my book. Now to fix the other "death to chain restaurants" end of Hennepin Avenue...

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