The planning commission held a public hearing on Dec. 18, 2019 and recommended approval of the comprehensive plan amendment, the preliminary and final plat, and the preliminary and final planned unit development.
Sela Investments proposes a new development, Parkway Residences, located along West 31st Street near Glenhurst Avenue South. The proposed development includes four new multifamily buildings with 211 units, as well as the rehabilitation of three existing apartment buildings that contain 24 units, creating a total of 235 residential units. The development will also include the removal of 12 existing buildings.
- North campus — replaces six residential buildings on the north side of 31st Street with a four-story, 95-unit apartment building with two levels of underground parking. This building is expected to be the first phase of the project. Construction is anticipated in 2020/2021.
- Southeast campus — replaces two single-family homes with a six-unit townhome. Construction is anticipated in 2020/2021. Rehabilitation of the three existing apartment buildings will also be completed in 2020/2021.
- West campus — replaces the existing strip center at the southeast corner of Inglewood Avenue and Highway 25 with an 11-story, 73-unit apartment building. The building will include parking and lobby space on the first two floors, eight floors of residential, an amenity space on the top floor and one level of underground parking. Construction is anticipated in 2023 based on market demand.
- Southwest campus — replaces three single-family homes at the corner of Inglewood Avenue and West 31st Street with a four-story, 37-unit apartment building with one level of underground parking. This is proposed to be a later phase of the project. Construction is anticipated in 2022 based on market demand.
The developer has submitted applications for the following approvals:
- A comprehensive plan amendment to reguide portions of the property from medium density residential to high density residential
- Rezoning of the site to a planned unit development (PUD)
- Preliminary and final plat
- Alley vacation
Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)
Parkway Residences exceeds the threshold of a mandatory EAW by having a total of more than 150 attached units in a development that requires a change to the city's comprehensive plan per MN Rules 4410.4300, subpart 19 C. Additionally, when combined with Parkway 25, a development constructed by the same developer, the two projects exceed the threshold for a mandatory EAW per MN Rules 4410.4300, subpart 1, three-year look-back requirement.
The EAW examines the project's potential for environmental impacts and includes: a detailed project description; review of required permits; analysis of land use and zoning; and an overview of geology, soils, topography, water resources, contamination and hazardous materials, ecological resources, historic properties, visual effects, air emissions, noise and transportation.
- Findings of fact and negative declaration
- Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) (Dec 2, 2019)
- EAW figures
- Appendix A - site map with photos
- Appendix B - traffic and parking study
The EAW was published in the EQB Monitor, a publication from the state's Environmental Quality Board, on Oct. 21, for a 30-day review period.
- Dec. 18, 2019 — The planning commission held a public hearing and recommended approval of the comprehensive plan amendment, the preliminary and final plat, and the preliminary and final planned unit development.
- Oct. 29, 2019 — A neighborhood meeting was held at Parkway 25.