Since the shopping area opened more than three years ago, many storefronts still remain empty. However, there are some prospective tenants.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The Dairy Queen that once was a Burger King on 66th Street West in Richfield is set to reopen at the beginning of February 2012 after a facelift and a change in ownership.
One long-time area resident joins neighbors and city council members in opposing the project.
Although the Pillsbury Commons development project remains in the early stages of planning, it has already run into vocal opposition from Richfield City Council members and Richfield residents. The roughly $12.6 million development would see a substantial new multi-unit housing development constructed on a largely undeveloped block of Richfield at the corner of 77th Street and Pillsbury Avenue. Council Members Fred Wroge and Pat Elliott have both voiced concerns over the project's current design, publicly stating their opposition to the Ron Clark Construction and Design firm plans for the project during the Nov. 14, 2011 regular council meeting. Since that meeting, one of the project's most vocal opponents has been neighborhood resident …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Richfield Patch looks back at one of the top stories of 2011.
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. Kmart Just three weeks after the Lyndale Garden Center plans were revealed to the city council, Wellington Management Inc. …
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 …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Menards and east Richfield Burger King reps state their redevelopment cases before the council Tuesday night.
Menards and the Richfield City Council seemed blindsided Tuesday night when Burger King (140 E. 78th St.) owner Greg Dolphin, the property owners and their legal representation asked the council to stall the Menards redevelopment. After the council approved two necessary items—including a conditional use permit to rebuild on Menards’ current site and the former Jun Bo Chinese Restaurant property—Burger King reps jumped in during a public hearing regarding the plat. The plat approval was the last thing needed before the end of the year to keep Menards on schedule. Burger King proposed that the Menards redevelopment include moving the fast food restaurant to the northwest corner of the property and possibly adding a 21st Century Bank …
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, October 19, 2011
Local dignitaries turn out for the ceremony.
Nearly three years in the making, the Lyndale Plaza development project officially broke ground Tuesday. City and county officials, residents, developers and their partners gathered at Woodlake Plaza for the afternoon ceremony. “As the result of the (long) process we went through, I think we will have the best project that we can have here,” Terry McNellis, one of three property owners and developers, said. “We’re hoping (this is) just the beginning of the projects that will be happening (in this area).” The 94-unit apartment complex is the first of three pending projects to break ground on northern Lyndale Avenue. The husband and wife team of Terry and Mary McNellis, of St. Croix Real Estate, and their partner Mike Swenson, of Michael …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The redevelopment of the northern Lyndale Corridor begins.
After nearly three years of planning, designing and dealing with financing woes, Woodlake Plaza redevelopers Michael Development Inc. and St. Croix Real Estate announced they are breaking ground on the 94-unit apartment complex project at a ceremony at noon Oct. 19, 2011. Lyndale Plaza, formerly named Lyndale Commons, is a 2.5-acre project designed by award-winning architectural firm, Collage Architects, according to a press release. In addition to the apartment complex, the finished product will include a transit plaza for commuters, pedestrian lighting, benches, large areas of green space and underground parking for tenants and surface parking for guests. The interior of the apartments will feature 9-foot ceilings, Energy Star appliances…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Site developers and a partner agency present findings of community workshop series.
Richfield residents want to maintain the history of the 66th Street area by preserving the existing building. That's according to findings from three community workshops, hosted by developers and their partners, to engage the public in the redevelopment process of the vacant Lyndale Garden Center. Keeping the existing building has been the plan all along, and the fact that residents wish to maintain it is a sign the developers, the Cornerstone Group, is on the same page. “[The workshop process] really confirmed and enforced the things we already wanted to do with the site,” Colleen Carey, president of the Cornerstone Group, said. “I think it went well and we developed a rapport with the [community].” Other things on residents’ wish lists …