Compromise Proposed for Calhoun Square Expansion

The recent compromise calls for the new development to be mixed-use-which would put to rest concerns from a local resident group that in October spoke against retail-only building.

A company that's redeveloping Calhoun Square recently submitted a compromise to its expansion plans that now includes a mixed-use building, which would put to rest concerns from a local resident group that opposed a single-use building at the site.

Calhoun Square's original expansion proposal called for a one-story building that would house a CB2 store-a furniture and accessory store operated by Crate and Barrel.

In October, the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) opposed that plan because of the fact that it was designated as a retail-only building. The group instead favors a mixed-use structure for the site, like the one that the City of Minneapolis approved in 2008. It included five stories with a combination of retail and residential space.

In October, CARAG Executive Coordinator Scott Engel said that the proposed one-story building does not follow guidelines created two years ago in the city's Uptown Small Area Plan, which discourages the development of one-story, single-use buildings.

In a letter recently submitted to the Minneapolis Planning Commission, Calhoun Square management company Jones Lang LaSalle said that it has committed to build a mixed-use development for the expansion in lieu of its original plans.

“We will provide the additional structure at the time we construct the CB2 store such that it will be sufficient for future vertical addition when the market warrants moving in such a direction,” John Schupp, senior vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle, wrote in the letter, which was submitted to the Minneapolis Planning Commission in late November.

The Calhoun Square expansion will go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission on Monday.

A Thursday morning phone call to Engel to get CARAG's reaction to the compromise was not immediately returned.

CARAG is non-profit neighborhood organization that has a nine-member volunteer board of directors that's responsible for managing the organization and conducting the business of the neighborhood.