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Lakewinds Close to Construction at Lyndale Gardens

Lakewinds Natural Foods plans to open the Richfield location in early 2014. Just one more council approval is needed.

Credit: Lakewinds Natural Foods
Credit: Lakewinds Natural Foods
Lakewinds Natural Foods is moving forward with its much anticipated expansion into Richfield.

The co-op grocer recently announced that it planned to open the 20,000-square-foot store at Lyndale Gardens in early 2014. The new building will take the place of the long-vacant Lyndale Garden Center building. 

According to General Manager Dale Woodbeck, just one more city council approval is needed to get the construction ball moving.

"We received planning commission approval for our PUD (planned unit development) application last week," Woodbeck told Patch in an e-mail. "I will appear before the city council on June 11 for, hopefully, final approval on the PUD application."

If the council approves the application, Woodbeck said Lakewinds would then close on the real estate deal it struck last year with Lyndale Gardens developer, The Cornerstone Group. Cornerstone will demolish the old garden center building and the lot split will be officially recorded. 

Read: Lakewinds Co-Op Signs Purchase Agreement With Lyndale Gardens Developer

Lakewinds is the first and only tenant to sign on to Lyndale Gardens so far. The Cornerstone Group has also moved ahead with the design plans for the north half of the Lyndale Gardens site, which were approved in March 2013.

Read: Council Approves Final Lyndale Gardens Design Plans

Named after the former Lyndale Garden Center, Lyndale Gardens is slotted to become Richfield's new downtown center. The design plans feature retail and restaurant space, apartment and townhome rental housing, splash pad, community oven, community garden, walking trails, market pavillion and a performance stage—too name a few amentities.

See the latest design plans for Lakewinds in the photo window above. Richfield Patch will continue to follow this project.

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Sean Hayford Oleary June 05, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I'm pleased that the entrance is right up against the sidewalk on Lyndale. I've also gotten word from the General Manager of Lakewinds that they've been quite meticulous in creating a high-quality buffer for the sidewalk on Lyndale. I think this is another good example of development doing a bit more to accomodate transit riders, walkers, and bikers without inconveniencing motorists. I look forward to seeing the new store come together.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) June 05, 2013 at 01:30 PM
This is one of the most exciting redevelopment projects for me. I remember going to Lyndale Garden Center as a kid, and I just think the end product will be neat.
Jeff June 05, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I am also pleased the entrance has moved to the corner, however i looked at the renderings and the exterior of the building looks really tacky. Would be nice if they used brick or a higher quality material.

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