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City of Minneapolis eyes parking lot near 50th and France for possible development

Updated: October 14, 2019 09:37 AM

The City of Minneapolis is discussing a new affordable housing project with residents in the southwest part of the city. The surface parking lot is located on Ewing Avenue, a block off the 50th and France Avenue shopping area.

Dr. Andrew Lucking stands in his front yard pointing out all the new apartment buildings he can see from his vantage point. Recently he found out from a local paper that there's a discussion about affordable housing being built right across the street from his house.

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"I'm not for it, it just increases more noise. We just got an apartment building on the corner that took down three houses," he said.

Council Member Linea Palmisano held a meeting last month for Fulton Neighborhood residents to discuss the process.

"In terms of what we can do in Fulton repurposing a free parking lot, an existing surface lot is an opportunity that I see," she said.

Palmisano says it's the city's goal to have affordable housing in every neighborhood. She says there are very few places in the southwest area of the city where they can add new affordable options.

"This space, from a future zoning perspective, is really at most three stories tall. The number of units you could build is really between more like five and seventeen so you're not looking to add a lot of density to this space," she said.

The parking lot is more than 30-thousand square feet with 82 spaces. Parking is a concern for businesses in the area. Palmisano's request for the proposal would include added parking.

Lucking understands the need.

"I just think it's going to make it more congested," he said.

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