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Former Sam's Club Site Land Use and Development Study

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January 13, 2020 - The city council will be reviewing a development concept proposal for the site during the January 13, 2020 study session. The proposal includes:

  • Repurposing and remodeling the existing retail building into office, manufacturing and lab space, including a two-story addition on the south side of the building; and
  • A proposed 5-story, 144-unit residential development on the southwest 1.75 acres of the 13-acre property, with 10% of the units affordable at 50% area median income (AMI). 


On Aug. 27, 2018, the city council approved an interim ordinance establishing a moratorium on the use and development of the building and lands located at 3745 Louisiana Ave. S. in St. Louis Park. The moratorium includes exceptions for certain types of development. The city council directed city staff to conduct a study for the purpose of possible amendments to the city’s official controls, including land use and zoning regulations, to address issues concerning the property. It is the city's intention to implement any amendments to the city's official controls before the moratorium expires on Sept. 14, 2019. The city has the authority to extend the current moratorium up to six more months.

  • March 11, 2019 — Presentation was given to council that provided a broad overview of the site context, environmental considerations, market considerations and proposed land use and development scenarios for additional analysis. Council discussed the information at the study session and directed staff to further analyze three of four proposed development scenarios.
  • May 28, 2019 — Presentation was given to city council, including the staff and consultant's evaluation of the three development scenarios and a recommendation regarding the land use. Following discussion, council directed staff to prepare a comprehensive plan amendment to guide the property for transit oriented development, and to provide recommendations regarding the zoning and other official controls that would support city goals and the mixed-use development scenario (option 3) for city council's formal consideration.
  • July 19, 2019 — City staff and the planning consultant presented the study background, city council direction and city staff's preliminary recommendations to the planning commission during a study session.
  • August 8, 2019 — City staff and the planning consultant held a neighborhood informational meeting and presented the study recommendations and the land uses and zoning controls proposed by the city to regulate future development.
  • August 21, 2019 — Planning commission held a public hearing on the former Sam's Club land use study recommendations and recommended approval of the changes to city council.
  • August 26, 2019 — City council extended the moratorium on the Sam's Club property for up to 120 days.
  • September 3, 2019 — City council change the future land use designation of the property to Transit Oriented Development in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, and took a step forward to rezone the property.

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