The 11,600 square-foot retail development originally reserved just 2,600 square feet for restaurant space. Site developer The Cornerstone Group asked the city to amend the planned unit development (PUD), conditional use permit and final development plans to allow for 10,000 square feet of restaurant space, believing this would allow for some flexibility when courting potential tenants.
After a review of the request, city staff recommended that no more than 7,000 square feet be granted, siting parking availability as the main concern. The Richfield Planning Commission agreed with city staff at a recent meeting on the subject.
According to Beth Pfeifer, director of development for The Cornerstone Group, the firm never intended to fill the 10,000 square feet with just restaurant tenants. She said the group is currently in talks with a tenant interested in 4-5,000 square feet of space, with another 2,500 square feet that may used for a coffee shop.
Ultimately, Pfeifer said the staff's recommendations of up to 7,000 square feet were a good compromise. The motion passed with all but Council Member Edwina Garcia's approval.
Parking at Lyndale Gardens will be shared with the under-construction Lakewinds Natural Foods co-op grocery store, featuring lots on both the north and south ends of the development.
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