The City of Minneapolis, working through its Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED), seeks to sell the City-owned surface parking lots at the intersection of Lyndale Avenue South and West Lake Street for redevelopment. The map above shows the City-owned parcels outlined in blue. The parcels were identified for future redevelopment, starting in 2007 in the Midtown Greenway Land Use and Development Plan (adopted 2007), Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan (adopted 2009), The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth (adopted 2009), and Minneapolis 2040 (adoption expected 2019). A short history of the Lyn-Lake Parking Facilities explains how creative and committed minds came together to create district parking at Lyn-Lake in the late 1990's.
Community engagement on the future redevelopment of the Lyn-Lake Parking Facilities began with CPED staff tabling at the June 2, 2019 Lyndale Open Streets event. At Open Streets, staff asked people to vote for their top three most important development objectives for the Lyn-Lake Parking Lots. The top three priorities, as voted on by the Open Streets participants were: affordable housing, public outdoor green space/pedestrian space, and green building standards. Following Open Streets, staff then began giving informational presentations to community stakeholder organizations. This was an opportunity to set the stage for future engagement.
The first public meeting was a Ward 10 Open House on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the Garfield Lot (2956 Garfield Ave S). At the open house, the public was able to talk to Council President Bender and City staff about “Creating a Development Vision for the City-owned Parking Lots at Lyn-Lake.” Attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback at three stations covering affordable housing, public parking and access, and building and public space design. The comments provided at the meeting are presented in the .
Starting at the open house there was an online survey for the public to weigh in on the future of the parking lots. The survey closed on November 3, and the results were shared at a second public meeting on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Whittier Recreation Center. After City staff presented the results of the online survey, they held small group sessions to discuss the draft RFP development objectives and representatives from the Whittier Alliance and the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association engaged attendees on community engagement methods during the proposal review period. Written comments to City staff through Monday, January 13, 2020.
Public materials presented by staff on November 6, 2019 included:
- Lyn-Lake Open House documents
- Summary of October 8, 2019 meeting and online survey results
- Draft development objectives
- Raw data on the Survey Monkey online survey
As the City moves forward, after issuing the RFP, CPED will continue to engage and solicit input from businesses, residents, neighborhood associations, business organizations, and community stakeholders. Throughout a project design process, the selected developer(s), City, and community will work together to secure input on the final redevelopment plan and design. This might include seeking community input on design alternatives through public meetings, events, surveys, or focus groups.