Downtown lofts, Loring pharmacy, have key Monday hearing

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April 19, 2004 // UPDATED 1:20 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

Security Warehouse Lofts, a proposed 215-unit housing development at 404 Washington Ave. N./201 5th Ave. S. and a proposed 24-hour CVS Pharmacy at 1201-1213 Hennepin are on the Planning Commission's Monday, April 19 agenda for various approvals.

They are two of five projects up for review that could add 355 housing units and more commercial space Downtown. The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. in City Council chambers.

Sue Makredes, on behalf of Security Lofts, is applying for a zoning change from I2 (medium industrial) to C3A (community activity center).

The project will not exceed eight stories and will include both rehabilitation and new construction, the Planning Commission agenda said. Staff has recommended approving the zoning change, conditional-use permits and site plan, with conditions.

Rene Plumart, on behalf of CVS, is applying for a site plan review and conditional-use permits for a 24-hour pharmacy and up to 20 housing units. Plumart has also requested variances to increase the number of parking spots to 55 and to have a larger sign. The staff has recommended approving the requests, with conditions.

Other Downtown items on the agenda are:

- ESG Architects, doing business as American Trio, 616 3rd St. S., is proposing a 90-unit condo with indoor parking and ground-floor commercial space. Staff recommends approving the site plan and various conditional-use permits, including parking variances, with conditions.

- Apurva Patel is requesting approvals for the 918 Lofts, a planned 30-unit development in an existing building at 918 N. 3rd St. Staff recommends approving the site plan and conditional- use permits for the housing and parking lot changes, with conditions.

- Thomas Roe, doing business as Betty's Bikes & Buns, plans to convert an existing East Bank service station at 600 Hennepin Ave. E. into a coffee shop with a motorcycle theme. Planning staff recommends site plan approval, with conditions.