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Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan

Plan Background

The Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan was adopted on June 26, 2009. The plan, designed with input from residents, businesses, and community leaders throughout the 12 month planning process, is a vision for the business center focusing primarily on Lyndale Avenue between 26th Street and 31st Street and Lake Street between Bryant Avenue South and Blaisdell Avenue South.

Future Land Use and Built Form

The Minneapolis 2040 future land use map is largely consistent with the recommendations from the Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan. Commercial uses are encouraged along the main corridors, with a concentration of activity near the Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street intersection. One key distinction is the addition of the ‘Destination Mixed Use’ category to the four corners of the Lyndale and Lake intersection, requiring commercial retail frontage in mixed use buildings. The ‘Goods and Services Corridor’ designation along Lyndale and Bryant Avenues south of Lake Street allow for the organic addition of commercial uses that are not contiguous with existing commercial establishments.

The Minneapolis 2040 built form map includes further intensification throughout the Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan study area. Consistent with the way similar transit corridors are treated throughout the city, ‘Corridor 6’ is applied on the Lyndale and Lake frontages with the ‘Interior 3’ category applied on properties not fronting on corridors. South of 31st Street the Lyndale Avenue corridor transitions away from ‘Corridor 6’ to the ‘Corridor 4’ category. The ‘Transit 10’ category is applied on the north side of the Midtown Greenway. A minimum building height of 2 stories is required in the ‘Corridor 6’ and ‘Transit 10’ categories. Additional height throughout the study area will be considered through the conditional use permit process.

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