Twin Cities Business: Edina developers want vertical density but residents don’t. Inside a controversy with metro-wide implications.
EXCERPT: “The Estelle was going to be like nothing Edina had seen before, a $250 million project with two towers—26 stories and 22 stories, respectively—at 69th and France, across the street from the Galleria, the region’s most upscale shopping mall. The city’s first condo project in a decade, it offered 170 units and had a waiting list of about 150 “very interested” potential owners, according to its developer, Luigi Bernardi, president of Edina-based Arcadia LLC . . . If such a project had been floated in downtown Minneapolis, it likely would have been heartily embraced by city leaders as another strong sign of the area’s strength and vitality. But in Edina, it quickly ran into a buzz saw of strong objections from neighbors in the single-family residential neighborhood just west of the proposed towers. Homeowners banded together to speak out against it, and petitions circulated citing concerns about the buildings’ height and density, and a potential increase in traffic.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2FgpodH