To make an informed decision about a project on the Weisman property, it is important to understand the surrounding neighborhood and the historical context of the site.
The Weisman property is unusual for development properties in the Lakes Area and the Midtown Greenway. Most sites that have been approved for higher density development are not adjacent to R-1 residents, R-1 park land, an existing 12-story apartment building (the CBC Apartments), the protected waters of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles, and the R-1A Midtown Greenway. For a brief photographic tour of the surrounding neighborhood click here.
History of the site is important because CIDNA has invested many hours of community time to consider a condominium project that was previously proposed by Lander Development in 2005. Through an extensive community outreach process, CIDNA approved real estate developer guidelines and worked through a compromise with Lander to agree to a building concept on the site. CIDNA’s vision for the site has been supported by the planning department (CPED), Planning Commission, and City Council.
In addition, the controversy surrounding the proposal of the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments resulted in significant evolution of the City’s thinking about height in the Lakes Area and throughout the City. As a result of this evolution, it is important to understand why the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments does not represent a precedent for any decision about size and hight of a project on the adjacent Weisman property. Click here for details of the history of the Weisman property as it affects proposed development on the site.
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