Proposed mixed-use building may grow at Randolph-Snelling

A six-story, 115-unit mixed-use building being proposed at the southwest corner of Randolph and Snelling avenues could end up being even larger.

The project was initially eyed for the Highland Service/Minnoco gas station and car wash at 485 S. Snelling Ave. Developer Oppidan has since been offered the chance to buy two additional commercial properties west of the site.

Almost 50 people reviewed the project plans on January 13 during a virtual meeting of the Highland and Macalester-Groveland community council’s land use committees. No action was taken, but area residents had the chance to ask questions about traffic, construction and parking impacts.

The latest proposal calls for a 68-foot-tall building, which will require a conditional use permit. The property is zoned for Traditional Neighborhoods 3 use, which allows a height of up to 55 feet.

The building would be C-shaped around a courtyard. Plans call for two levels of underground parking, each with almost 50 spaces, and about two dozen first-floor parking spots. The rest of the first floor would include a leasing office, commercial and tenant amenity spaces. Floors two through six would be a mix of apartments, with studios, alcoves, one- and two-bedroom units.

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The preliminary plans for a six-story, mixed-used building at the southwest corner of Randolph and Snelling avenues.

Traffic and parking were the big concerns expressed on January 13, with neighbors raising issues about spillover parking, construction worker parking, potential traffic conflicts with the Walgreens store across the street and the possibility of residential permit parking on streets to the south. The building plans currently do not have access to the Randolph-Juno Avenue alley, but that could change if the two properties to the east are added.

Neighbors and committee members also asked about affordable housing. Oppidan’s Paul Tucci said the apartments will be market-rate.

 

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— Jane McClure

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