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On Oct. 7, 2019, PLACE submitted an application for a major amendment to their planned unit development to reconfigure the design of the south site (Via Luna). The request includes: 

  • Relocating the residential building to the corner of Wooddale Avenue and West 36th Street.
  • Relocating the hotel to the east side of the site. The site plan and the appearance of the buildings remain largely unchanged.
  • Reduction in the height of the hotel from six stories to five stories
  • Relocating most of the parking from an above ground ramp to underground parking and a small surface lot.
  • Reduction in the number of residential units on the south parcel from 84 units to 50 units. All 50 units will be affordable at 60 percent area median income. 

The planning commission held a public hearing on Nov. 6, 2019, regarding the proposed amendments and recommended approval of the major amendment. 

On December 16, 2019 PLACE formally withdrew their application for a PUD major amendment for Via Luna. 

Project description

PLACE, a non-profit developer, has approvals to construct a mixed-use, mixed-income, creative community near the intersection of 36th Street West and Wooddale Avenue, on both sides of the future Southwest Light Rail Transit Wooddale Station. Via includes 299 dwelling units, 110-room hotel, coffee shop, café, bike shop, makers space, a co-working space, e-generation and greenhouse and approximately one acre of urban forest.

Via 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 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. 

The St. Louis Park Economic Development Authority (EDA) purchased the former McGarvey Coffee site in 2015 and owns the vacant property to the west. The EDA intends to sell the property to PLACE prior to construction. 

Via Sol (North)
  • Residential/commercial building: five stories, 218 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
Via Luna (South)
  • Residential/commercial building: six stories, 81 live/work dwelling units including five live/work Type II (which include 250 square feet micro storefronts), café, coffee house, maker/co-working space, shared office space for creatives and startups
  • Hotel: six stories, 110 rooms
  • Parking: 225 spaces, including underground, structured and surface; 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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