Six-level apartment building proposed for West Calhoun

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June 25, 2012 by Sarah M

By Nick Halter

Bigos, the company that had proposed building a 13-level apartment complex next to the Calhoun Beach Club, has turned its attention to a nearby site along the Greenway to build a six-level building.

The building would be added to the Calhoun Greenway complex. That complex is tucked into a triangle of land in between the Midtown Greenway, the Minikahda Golf Course and Whole Foods. The current complex is four stories tall with 151 units. The proposed additional would add a six-floor building along the Midtown Greenway that would house  another 185 units.

The site is about two blocks from Lake Calhoun.

The Minneapolis Planning Commission is holding a public hearing today on Bigos’s request for a conditional use permit needed to break ground on the project. City staff has recommended that the Commission approve the request.

In April, Bigos presented the Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood group with plans for a 13-level building next to the 12-level Calhoun Beach Club apartments. The neighborhood board rejected those plans, but Bigos hadn’t formally submitted an application for the development to City Hall.

A message left with the project architect wasn’t immediately returned.

The West Calhoun Neighborhood Council sent a letter to the city asking for a moratorium on development in the area until the Met Council finished studying how a future Southwest Light Rail line will change traffic and transportation. The group also requested that a development on the site should include a 1:1 ratio of parking spaces to bedrooms. The Bigos plans call for a total of 398 parking stalls to accommodate 336 units. West Calhoun wrote that there are already many more residents in the complex than parking stalls.

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