Committee to Vote on Controversial Linden Hills Development Thursday

Updated: 08/07/2014 8:18 AM
Created: 08/01/2014 4:58 PM
By: Brandi Powell

New developments have cropped up in a years-long and controversial issue affecting a Minneapolis community.

Since 2011, residents of the Linden Hills neighborhood have been in a battle over what should replace the Famous Dave's at 43rd and Upton Avenue.

This month, Minneapolis City Council approved a proposal for 3-stories worth of luxury condos and shops to be built.

But now, the developer wants to add a level to make it bigger.

"It's a little quaint, it's a little quirky, it's got a lot of traditions," said Christopher Maddox about Linden Hills. He's lived there for over 4 years.

The traditions of character and charm are mainstays resident Christopher Maddox wants to keep.

"I personally think it's too big for the spot. It would dwarf the neighborhood buildings, and we'd lose the human scale that we have in this particular area," Maddox said.

Maddox and others have filed an appeal against that conditional use permit.

"For those of us who choose to live in this city who choose to pay taxes, who choose to be a part of neighborhoods within the city, I think for the city to basically make a promise, and then turn around on that promise, is very disconcerting," said Dave Myers, Linden Hills homeowner.

Kristin Tombers, Owner of Clancey's Meat and Fish believes this is something "that's critical for the City of Minneapolis to pay attention to something that can affect not just Linden Hills," but also other small neighborhood commercial zones just like it.

"It just becomes a matter of time until the entire area changes and everything becomes 4 stories and mixed-use retail, and these cute little shops can't survive," Tombers said.

Real estate developer Mark Dwyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

For the City of Minneapolis' part, a spokesperson says:

The City notified the Linden Hills Neighborhood Association about the proposed project changes.

The City has considered and approved dozens of these kinds of requests in recent years.

The Zoning and Planning Committee is expected to vote on the developer's conditional-use-permit request, on Thursday.

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