West Lake Station and West Lake Quarter Construction About to Begin
At some time in March construction of both the West Lake light rail station and the West Lake Quarter apartment complex is slated to begin. At some time after construction begins Abbott and Chowen Avenues will become dead end streets and will remain so well into 2022 when they will be reconnected by a new 31st Street running in front of the light rail station. Also in March we can expect increased truck traffic as cement trucks use Lake Street, Market Plaza, Excelsior Boulevard and Abbott Avenue to reach the rail line to transport cement to the construction site of the light rail tunnel that will begin just north of Lake Street. Cement truck traffic will be intermittent—heavy on some days, but non-existent on most.
We can also expect construction vehicle traffic for the first West Lake Quarter building, a 7-story apartment building on the west side of Abbott Avenue, as well as for removal of the existing parking ramp. The timing for construction of a planned 23-story apartment building remains uncertain, but the concept plan calls for three mid-rise apartment buildings together with the high rise.
During construction the Cedar Lake bike trail will have its route adjusted, but access to the trail will remain available via Chowen Avenue. Construction activity is limited by the City to 7AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, but exceptions may be allowed to accommodate unexpected needs.
As a result of unexpected soil conditions where a tunnel is being constructed to the north of West Maka Ska, heavy construction on the light rail line is now expected to extend into 2023 with the beginning of passenger service delayed well beyond the previously scheduled 2023 start date.
For more information about activity, please see: https://metrocouncil.org/Transportation/Projects/Light-Rail-Projects/Southwest-LRT/Construction.aspx#Minneapolis.
Residents who have questions about construction or see potentially hazardous conditions should call the Construction Hotline at 612-373-3933
Following are links to documentation on the history of the West Lake Quarter project.
- Calhoun Towers Proposal
- WCNC Calhoun Towers Proposal Response
- Bader Response to Comments on Calhoun Towers Plan
- Star Tribune article (1/9/18)
- Calhoun Towers Environmental Assessment Worksheet
- WCNC EAW Comments
- WCNC comments to the Zoning & Planning Committee
- Resident comments regarding density
- WCNC follow up questions and requests to Bader Dev
Hotel at Lake/Excelsior May be a Condominium Instead
Elevage Development Group has been planning to build an 8-story, 100-room hotel with 20 condo units, a restaurant and 107 enclosed parking spaces on the BP gas station site at the corner of Lake and Excelsior. Having received Planning Commission approval, construction was expected to begin last fall, but the project is now on hold due to the pandemic while the developer considers a 100% condominium alternative to the hotel.
Southwest Area Parks Planning
Pedestrian Safety Project
- Lake and Excelsior one sheet – proposed pedestrian safety improvements
- Map of proposed pedestrian safety improvements
Skate Park Activity Plan page link