Tryg’s Site Zoning: The site is zoned C3A, residential/commercial mixed use with a 56-foot height limit. A small southern portion of the site also is in the Shoreland Overlay District, which limits height to 35 feet. The developer is seeking a conditional use permit to exceed these height limits. Factors such as character of the surrounding neighborhood, access to light and air, and shoreland views must be considered to issue such a height exception.
Comparison of Bigos and Trammell Crow Proposals to Other Projects Approved by the City: The proposed Bigos tower of 136 feet and Trammell Crow tower of 129 feet would be high compared with other projects approved in the Lakes Area by the City. Outside of the Downtown Districts, approval of building height greater than 8 stories is rare. The 10-story MoZaic building in Uptown is exceptional in this regard and preceded adoption of the Midtown Greenway Plan. The other buildings that have been approved for height greater than 8 stories outside of the Downtown appear to be all adjacent to the University of Minnesota Campus: Sydney Hall (approved at 15 stories but built at 6 stories); Campus Crossroads (approved at 9 stories but built at 6 stories); and 1810 Washington Avenue at Seven Corners (approved at 26 stories, not built). None of these three projects is in a Shoreland Overlay District or adjacent to parkland. The height of the 136-foot Bigos Tower and 129-foot Trammell Crow Tower would substantially exceed the height agreed to by CIDNA with Lander in 2006. A comparison of projects approved in the Lakes Area since the Lander Project is presented here.
Non-Precedence of the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments: Click here to read about the history of the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments, and why this controversial project does not represent a legal precedent regarding a decision about the size and height of the proposed apartment project on the Weisman property.
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