With The Cornerstone Group's announcement to revamp the vacant Lyndale Garden Center spot in mid-March 2011, multiple redevelopment projects around town seem to have found their legs as well this year.
Lyndale Garden Center
Colleen Carey, president of The Cornerstone Group, presented the company's initial plans for the seemingly dilapidated building at a special Richfield City Council meeting Monday, March 21, 2011.
Currently, plans stand to rehabilitate the existing building, which will hopefully include a co-op grocer, other retail and common space. The city and Carey hope this will re-create a downtown Richfield.
Just three weeks after the Lyndale Garden Center plans were revealed to the city council, Wellington Management Inc. also presented its plans for the redevelopment of Kmart on 65th Street and Lyndale Avenue.
An LA Fitness and two other retail and restaurant ready buildings will begin being built in 2012. Site prep began in late Fall 2011.
To some criticism by local residents, CVS Pharmacy began building a new location on the 66th Street and Penn Avenue business corridor in September 2011. Orginal plans indicated that the building would be done by New Year's 2012, however their is still much work to be done.
After a battle with Burger King owners, which sits behind the store now, Menards received all required approvals to begin closing up the existing store and moving forward with development plans in mid-December 2011. Menards has not yet released a start date for the demolition and rebuild.
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