Robbinsdale Residents Concerned Over Potential Lakefront Development
Robbinsdale Residents have expressed concern over a possible development on Lower Twin Lake. A developer wants to build an apartment complex on Lake Road, but residents say that would bring too much traffic to Lilac Drive.
“I think putting any additional traffic at this level is going to risk life and limb for residents,” said Cheryl Smith, who has a mother living on Lilac Drive.
“It’s a nice community that we have there,” said resident Nick Fasching. “It’s not just a service road which is what this would become if this place would go in with one thousand car trips and a bunch of people in an apartment building.”
Carolyn Guy lives on Twin Oak Lane nearby. She argues that the question isn’t about traffic. But rather about creating a domino effect that would impact the neighborhood in a bad way.
“My concern is this has now become a frightening domino structure,” said Guy. “You let one of them fall and they are all impacted.”
Guy is referring to the many facets that surrounded the discussion of whether or not the city should allow a developer to build a 160-plus unit apartment complex at 4600 Lake Drive. The property has an office building there now. She’s one of several who spoke about the development’s size, impact on the watershed and the number of people and traffic it would bring to the area.
Apartment Complex Could Go on Lake Drive
The site does have the potential to house an apartment complex. The property is zoned residential-business, which does allow for multi-family dwellings up to 118 units, depending on the size of the property.
Residents have actively spoken out against this project in meetings going back to early summer.
Ultimately, the council directed staff to prepare a resolution to deny approval of the project at the November meeting.
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