More High Density Housing In Golden Valley

June 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm 2 comments


By Andrew Richter

Here’s a great example of how cities don’t listen

From the December 21 edition of the Golden Valley Patch;

An apartment and senior living facility proposed to be constructed near Circle Down will cause more than 2,000 cars a day to use a neighborhood road, which residents are not happy about.

Why do our planners think every senior will want to live in one of these places?

At a Golden Valley City Council meeting this week, Mark Globus of Global One Golden Valley, LLC tried to address Circle Down neighbors’ concerns about two proposed developments near their homes. Global One wants to build an apartment building and a senior living facility in the northwest corner of Interstate 394 and Highway 100 near Circle Down. At their Dec. 18 council meeting, Golden Valley City Councilmembers approved preliminary plans, despite a number of residents’ opinions against the proposal. According to Globus, the apartment building would boast 318 units and be complete with underground parking, a basketball court, bike shop, bike storage, coffee lounge and fitness center.

Basketball court, bike shop, and bike storage for seniors????

“We’ve read every letter and every email,” Globus said, referring to neighborhood worries about increased traffic and noise. “We take it seriously.”

Right……

In order to address concerns about flow of traffic, Globus outlined changes including two parking garage entry points, a new entrance road that would eliminate bright headlights shining on homes in the area and increased green space. But traffic consultant Mike Kotila said that the traffic on Circle Down probably can’t be mitigated. Kotila said that 2,300 cars a day would use Circle Down to access the site.

“It’s a large magnitude of cars, but it’s not unheard of on other streets in Golden Valley,” Kotila told councilmembers. “Regent Avenue north of Golden Valley Road carries over 2,000 cars and does operate safely. But that doesn’t address neighbor’s concerns of livability.” Livability is a direct concern of one Circle Down neighbor Bernadine Fox.

“Our bedrooms go right up against that parking lot. Our quality of life is going to change dramatically,” Fox said. “We will not be able to sell our home. I feel bad for the young people, but I would like the city council to use their power for our benefit. You have power, do you have heart?”

Neighbor Gina Cesaretti worries about the future of her 4 and 6-year-old children, and how they will learn to ride their bikes on Circle Down with the addition of 2,300 cars a day. “This will be a violent change to our neighborhood,” Cesaretti said. “Traffic is a big issue.”

Mayor Shep Harris said that he understands the traffic concerns, but wants to see housing come to the area, rather than commercial developments. “My fear is that if we put commercial development here, we’d be competing with West End, and I don’t know that we’d be successful,” Harris said. “I applaud Mr. Globus and I appreciate the fact that he’s tried to accomodate the residents.”

What an idiot! Competing with the west end? What’s wrong with competition and who are you to force a certain kind of development there Mr. Mayor?

Well, there’s been an update;

The apartment and senior housing complex won approval from Golden Valley’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Golden Valley’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority signed off on the Three.Nine.Four apartment and senior housing complex last week, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported.

Isn’t the Housing and Redevelopment authority the same as the council? How often do they disagree?

The project at the northwest corner of Highway 100 and Interstate 394 will bring 314 market-rate units to Golden Valley. Project planners envision it as a buffer between the interstate and residential areas. But nearby Circle Down residents worried that the project could bring “violent change” to the area.

Who listens to citizens?

Developers have been working with the City of Golden Valley on this project for about five years, according to council documentsPlans will go to the City Council late June or July. Groundbreaking is expected in the fall.

Way to represent the people Golden Valley!!!

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, City Government, Golden Valley, Hennepin.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. roberta4949  |  June 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

    couldnt the city just use emiinent domain to take the proposed land and make it into a park? give the owners fair market value and keep it undeveloped? what is wrong with making it a recreational area with trees and gardens and animals and people walking their dogs or bird watching and stuff? I am not from that area so I have no idea what it is like, but a park is a public use right? I hate alot of noise too.

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  • 2. wants2know  |  June 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Unfortunately the city is looking to generate more property tax funds for other projects. A park would be an expense in several ways. It takes prime real estate off the tax rolls and requires regular maintenance which is an additional cost for city operations.

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