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April 6, 2020

Drain tile, backfill, and foundation concrete work will be occurring from April 8 to April 17. 

PLACE, a non-profit developer, received approvals in 2017 to construct a multi-phase development north (Via Sol) and south (Via Luna) of the future Southwest Light Rail Transit Wooddale Station. In December 2019, the developer informed the city that they would not be moving forward with construction of Via Luna.

Heavy construction on Via Sol started in January 2020. 

Project description

Via Sol is a mixed-use, mixed-income, creative community along the Highway 7 Frontage road, north of the future Southwest Light Rail Transit Wooddale Station. Via Sol includes 217 dwelling units, a bike shop, makers space, e-generation and greenhouse and approximately one acre of urban forest. The development include 22 units available at 50% area median income, 130 units at 80% area median income, and 65 market rate units. 

Via Sol incorporates a mix of renewable energy sources, including an anaerobic digester, wind turbines and solar panels, which will provide 90 percent of the heat and power for the development. The entire development is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Via Sol also includes a mobility plan to lessen the traffic impact in the area, including car-free living, car and bike share, multiple onsite live/work opportunities, transit passes and a local shuttle. 

Via Sol
  • Residential/commercial building: five stories, 217 dwelling units including eight live/work units, retail bike shop and repair
  • E-generation/co-generation/greenhouse facility: one story, anaerobic digester and balancing equipment, co-generation, vertical greenhouse for urban agriculture
  • Urban forest: one acre urban retreat parallel to the Cedar Lake Light Rail Transit Regional Trail
  • Parking: 220 spaces, including underground, surface and on-street; five car-share spaces

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

View the PLACE Environmental Assessment Worksheet. The comment period for the EAW was March 6 – April 19, 2017.

City council adopted Resolution No. 17-079, approving the findings of fact, record of decision and negative declaration regarding the need for an environmental impact statement on May 1, 2017. Included in Exhibit A to the resolution are addenda of all written comments the city received regarding the EAW and responses to the comments.

May 1, 2017 city council staff report regarding the PLACE St. Louis Park EAW

Public meetings 

  • May 1, 2017 — City council adopted the preliminary and final plat and preliminary and final PUD.
  • April 17, 2017 — City council approved the comprehensive plan amendment, guiding the properties as mixed-use.
  • March 15, 2017 — Planning commission held a public hearing and recommended approval of the comprehensive plan amendment, preliminary and final plat, and the preliminary and final PUD.
  • Feb. 23, 2017 — PLACE held their eighth neighborhood meeting.

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