In 2005, Michael Lander initially proposed on the Weisman site, a 103-foot high project sloping down to a 2-1/2 story height with some remaining lake views (the “Initial Project”). The CIDNA Land Use Committee and Board of Directors commended the basic design of the project, but stated that it was too tall with too much floor area. The height substantially exceeded the limitations in the Shoreland Overlay District and OR2 Zoning Code. CIDNA prevailed over Lander’s initial proposal to the Planning Commission and his subsequent appeal to City Council. Afterwards, Lander agreed to reduce the size and height of his project (84 feet), and retain the initial attractive design features., which included sloping height to 2-1/2 stories on the north, favorably shadow studies (including the Midtown Greenway), variation in structural dimension, lower density, attractive materials, residential neighborhood ambiance on the Greenway side. The City approved the smaller project that was initially proposed by CIDNA when the project was first introduced. The project was abandoned in 2008 as a result of the Recession and the collapse of the condominium housing market, which has resulted in the vacant site that is seen today.
Initial Lander Proposal: Drawings and Perspectives (2005): This proposal was rejected by CIDNA because it was too tall and large, but CIDNA supported the basic design.
CIDNA Resolution Not to Oppose the Revised Lander Project (February 7, 2006): This resolution resulted from a compromise agreed to with Lander after his appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision was rejected by the Minneapolis City Council.
Non-Precedence of Calhoun Beach Club Apartments (November 9, 2005): Legal Opinion by the law firm of Faegre and Benson
Findings of the Minneapolis Zoning & Planning Committee (November 10, 2005): Appeal by Lander Development of the Planning Commission Decision to Reject its initial proposal.
CIDNA Response to Lander Appeal (October, 2005): This document outlines CIDNA’s arguments why the 103-foot project with 225,000 gross square feet was too large for the site. These arguments essentially were accepted by Zoning and Planning Committee in rejecting Lander’s appeal.
In 2012, Bigos Development is proposing a 150- to 170-unit apartment project on the 1.3-acre site owned by William Weisman (at 2622-26 West Lake St.) just east of the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments and north of the Lake Calhoun Beach at West Lake St. and Thomas Ave. S. (map). The project would replace the low white building on the right in the photo above. (The land is now cleared in anticipation of a real estate project on the site.) The north side of the project would face the Midtown Greenway.
The Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (“CIDNA”) is considering its position regarding the project. Bigos has met three times with the CIDNA Land Use and Development Committee. The public is encouraged to provide feedback on the project either through this website or at future public meetings.
At the Committee’s last meeting, three project designs were proposed by Bigos for consideration by CIDNA. To date, Bigos Development favors the 136-foot tower.
Please contact Bob Corrick, Chair of the Committee, at email@example.com to participate, ask questions, or comment. You may also submit questions and comments on this website below.
On April 11, 2012, the CIDNA Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose a Bigos tower. See the resolution and CIDNA’s rationale here including zoning, neighborhood, historical and community issues.
To see or to make comments, go to the Comments link at the bottom of the page.
(1) A 136-foot tower on the southeast corner of the site
2) A 56-foot C-shaped structure facing Lake Calhoun
3) 88-foot L-Shape Tower