A look back at the city's redevelopment projects in 2012.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Pillsbury Commons Fails, LA Fitness Opens & Lyndale Gardens Moves Ahead: Richfield Revelopment Year in Review
The major redevelopment happenings from 2012.
Richfield Patch covered a lot of different stories, topics and events throughout 2012, but there were a few that stood out as the most interesting, important or possibly infamous to our readers. As far as local redevelopment went, there was plenty that happened in the last year: The affordable housing complex, which was in the works for more than two years, was officially laid to rest in July after months of back and forth between the city and the developer, Ron Clark Construction & Design—and the city and residents. Our coverage: The first of many new businesses on the site of the former Kmart site opened its doors nearly a full month ahead of schedule on Oct. 3. LA Fitness is a full-service athletic facility and will soon be joined by …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The new health club opened its doors to the public Wednesday.
Richfield's newest business opened its doors nearly a full month ahead of schedule Wednesday. LA Fitness, which is located on the site of the former Kmart store in the Lyndale Station development, is a full-service athletic club that offers a variety of equipment types, including free weights, cardio machines, dumbells and plate machines. In addition, personal training services and group fitness classes (such as yoga) are also offered. Other amenities include a basketball court, saunas in each locker room, a three-lane lap pool, four racquetball courts, a spa, Kids Klub and a juice bar. Site developer Steve Wellington, of Wellington Management Inc., had originally not expected the club to open until Nov. 1. The redeveloped site will also …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between Aug. 24 and Aug. 30.
Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Shakopee, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation. (The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.) *** Hennepin County Won't Support Local Road Project Golden Valley City Councilmembers want to add a second left turn lane to the south side of Winnetka Avenue North and Highway 55. But the city won’t be able to get the funding needed from the state. That’s because …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The fitness center is scheduled to open sometime this fall.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Richfield Patch was recently asked to track down the amenities the future LA Fitness, which is taking over the former Kmart lot, will offer to its clients. So, here we go! Bill Horner of LA Fitness told Richfield Patch the facility will be as full-service as the company offers. Of course, no fitness facility would be a fitness facility without equipment. The club will offer a variety of equipment types including: free weights, cardio machines, dumbells and plate machines. In addition, personal training services and group fitness classes (such as yoga) will also be offered. "There will be separate fitness studios, if you will, for fitness …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wellington Management Inc. expects the demolition and cleanup to be complete in two to three weeks.
The long anticipated demolition on the old Richfield Kmart store is finally in motion. Crews began taking the building apart, piece by piece, last week. Wellington Management's Dave Bergstrom said he expects the demo and cleanup to be completed within the next three weeks. The foundation for the building, which will be a mixed commercial building, was poured last fall. Bergstrom also said the LA Fitness construction could begin as early as this week. The facility is scheduled to open sometime this fall. Richfield Patch will update readers as more information becomes available. Click here to sign up for the Richfield Patch newsletter.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
An LA Fitness and other retail are planned for the site.
Demolition of the former Kmart has been pushed back to March 2012. The developers, Wellington Management Inc., had originally planned to begin its demolition after the Thanksgiving holiday. Still, the timeline for construction remains the same. Dave Bergstrom, director of Project Management and Construction Services for Wellington, said it makes more sense and costs less to begin the project in mid-March. An LA Fitness, retail and food-related businesses are planned for the three buildings. The east building and the LA Fitness will be built first and Bergstrom said those tenants should be able to begin making their own improvements by May 2012, with LA Fitness likely opening in November. The third building will be built separately as …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
LA Fitness which is beginning to build its health center in Richfield, bought the Bally Total Fitness next door and four other Minnesota locations.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Richfield City Council members heard updates on the Kmart development plans.
After announcing the possibility of an LA Fitness being developed on the vacant Kmart property, many Richfield Patch readers showed a lot of enthusiasm through their comments on the website. Now it looks like their wishes will come true. Wellington Management Inc. Vice President Tanya Bell told the Richfield City Council and audience members Tuesday night that the company was 80 percent done with negotiations and expected to secure a final lease agreement at the end of August 2011. Once this is done, and the company has secured a bank loan, the project will continue to move forward. "I think [LA Fitness has] determined [Richfield] is a fabulous first-ring suburb with a community and demographic that they feel sort of meets their typical …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The two groups heard a a development proposal at a special work session Tuesday night.
In a special work session prior to Tuesday's regular Richfield City Council meeting, members of both the council and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority heard an updated proposal from Steve Wellington, Jr., president of Wellington Management, Inc., regarding the development of the currently vacant property located at 66th Street and Lyndale Avenue. Known to many Richfield residents as the former Kmart property, the downtown real estate stood vacant for approximately eighteen months before the city council heard preliminary plans for redeveloping it in April 2011. Wellington reported that his company had signed an agreement to purchase the property two months ago, and has been moving to fill it with prospective tenants. LA Fitness is …