After years in the planning and approval stages, residents started to see progress on the Gallery Flats project when demolition began last week.
Developer Klodt Cos. is now embarking on a mixed-use project on the old Park Nicollet and the neighboring Lutheran Digest site. The two-building project will have a total of 163 apartments—and create nine jobs, increase the tax base by $480,525 and leverage $24.4 million in private investment, according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The project launched when the city snapped up the former Park Nicollet site on Eighth Avenue after the health care provider closed its clinic in 2009.
Eighth Avenue is central to the city’s long-term plans because of the Southwest Light Rail Transit stop planned just across Excelsior Boulevard from the corridor. The city wants to create an enticing “pedestrian seductive” streetscape that could lure light rail riders the few blocks over to Mainstreet.
The first building should be on the market close to April 1, 2013. The second should be done by September 2014.
Patch invites you to follow along as the project progresses. We’ve collected key moments in the project’s history in the timeline above—and we’ll be adding photos to the timeline as the project progresses. So check back regularly for the latest updates.