The Linden, a three-story luxury apartment building for adults age 55 and older, has begun welcoming residents after being under construction for the past year at 725 Linden St., just northeast of Highway 62 and Dodd Road in Mendota Heights.
With about half of the 48 units pre-leased, developer Grand Real Estate Advisors of Summit Hill expects the remaining units to be rented rapidly. The one-, two- and two-bedroom plus den units lease for between $1,950 and $3,800 a month.
Amenities include a large community room with full kitchen, rooftop deck, grilling station, fitness center and golf simulator. A 5,000-square-foot, full-service restaurant called The Copperfield is located on the first floor and is expected to be open to the public by mid-August.
Each apartment has a balcony or patio, high ceilings, top-of-the-line appliances and a washer and dryer. Rents include all utilities except electricity, internet and cable TV hookups and storage units. Heated underground parking is available for an additional fee, with charging stations for electric vehicles.
“We looked at the demographics of Mendota Heights,” said Judd Fenlon, lead developer and founder of Grand Real Estate Advisors. “There’s an aging population that wants to sell their homes, but wants to stay in Mendota Heights. A lot of them also have adult children in the area.”
“This new building will allow Mendota Heights residents to live within walking distance of restaurants and our retail center,” said Mayor Stephanie Levine. “This will help alleviate the shortage of housing stock. Empty nesters will have the opportunity to downsize while remaining in our community.”
Mayor Stephanie Levine said The Linden is a welcome addition to The Village at Mendota Heights. “This new building will allow Mendota Heights residents to live within walking distance of restaurants and our retail center,” she said. “This will help alleviate the shortage of housing stock. Empty nesters will have the opportunity to downsize while remaining in our community.”
Several members of the development team are Mendota Heights residents. Brian Kueppers, a partner in The Linden, grew up in the city and raised his family there. “I’m proud and excited to be a part of the team that created a highly desired development,” he said.
The Copperfield is a new concept for Hightop Hospitality, which is based in Macalester-Groveland and owns Green Mill Restaurants and Crooked Pint Ale House. Paul Dzubnar, co-owner, anticipates an enthusiastic reception when it opens.
The restaurant will have several features that are new for the company. They include serving breakfast, doing more cooking in-house, offering espresso and cappuccino coffees, having a separate grab-and-go counter with a display case, and sourcing more fish, poultry and meats from Minnesota producers. Full takeout and delivery services will also be available.
The restaurant will have seating for 145 inside and 50 on an outdoor patio. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors can be opened to connect the two. A breakfast counter will transition to a full bar in the evening. In addition to a full selection of spirits, the bar will have 16 beers on tap and 10 wines by the glass.
— Carolyn Walkup
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