Smaller Lake Drive Apartment Building Planned in Robbinsdale
A developer now plans to build a smaller, three-story apartment building on Lake Drive. This one is allowed in current Robbinsdale zoning code. The plans previously included a four-story building on Lower Twin Lake.
Residents of Robbinsdale were not reserved about expressing concern about the four-story building. In previous meetings, residents said the road leading to the proposed complex, Lilac Drive, was too small. They also pointed to environmental concerns. Council members echoed concerns and directed staff to prepare a resolution to deny the project in November.
So, the developer changed the scope of the project so it is allowable under current zoning code. Plans now include a three-story apartment building with 118 units.
At the November 5 council meeting, residents came again to voice concerns that Lilac Drive is too narrow to lead into the complex and will not be able to handle the traffic.
Cheryl Smith, whose mother lives on Lilac Drive, said her driveway is three feet wider than Lilac Drive. “We’re very concerned that someone is going to get killed or severely injured,” said Smith.
Council members agreed with many concerns. However, several commented they were required to vote on the current proposal. The proposal only contained a permit pertaining to the flood plain of the property.
“This is a nice good project and a beautiful building,” said Pat Backen, council member. “I know people on the lake don’t agree, but it’s a nice addition to Robbinsdale. It’s unfortunate that it’s on this road. I agree we have to work to make this road as safe as possible.”
Council members say the city will work on safety measures for Lilac Drive.
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