Preliminary Work on the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) is Underway
On May 13th the Kenilworth Trail was closed from the Midtown Greenway to 21st Street and the Cedar Lake Trail was closed west of France Avenue to allow clearing and other preparatory work for light rail construction. The Kenilworth Trail, which connects our neighborhood with downtown, will remain closed until the summer of 2022 and the Cedar Lake Trail will remain closed until the fall of 2021. More information about construction plans can be found at http://swlrt.org. Construction is likely to impact our neighborhood from now through 2022, with the current Abbott and Chowen avenues to be connected by a newly built section of West 31st Street, which will be adjacent to the West Lake Station. Passenger operation is slated to commence in 2023. When completed, the 14.5 mile line will extend the Green Line from Target Field to Eden Prairie.
Construction of West Lake Quarter (formerly Calhoun Towers) expected to begin in late summer
Bader Development Corp expects to begin construction on a 26-story apartment tower and three seven-story apartment buildings late this summer. The final project proposal will consist of approximately 740 units and be adjacent to the West Lake light rail station. Plans for the project may be seen in this Planning Commission staff report: https://westcalhoun.org/2020/04/calhoun-towers-staff-report/
Although not opposed to the construction of apartment buildings accessible to the light rail station, your neighborhood council did raise objections to the scale of the project given the inadequacy of the street infrastructure to support the expected increase in traffic and parking demand. However, the City Planning Commission approved the project as proposed despite the public testimony of your Council and West Calhoun residents. Following are links to documentation on the history of the 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.
5-Story Apartment Building Coming to West 31st Street
Construction is now well underway on a 5-story, 49-unit apartment building on West 31st Street adjacent to an unimproved section of France Avenue. The building will consist of 48 one-bedroom units, typically around 650 to 950 square feet, and one smaller efficiency unit. Enclosed parking will consist of 45 car stalls and 29 bicycle racks. The developer is At Home Apartments, which already manages two adjacent apartment buildings.
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