Lots of controversy around the city lakes and riverfront concerning developers pushing zoning height restrictions for their projects. Recently, the Minneapolis City Council overrode the Minnneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission's recommendation and ok'd the heights of the four new condo towers developer Schafer Richardson proposed as part of their Pillsbury A Mill riverfront development project (ESG Architects). Council member Cam Gorden commented on his vote against recommendation, " I don't like the process." What a poignant statement. Other neighborhoods such as Uptown, CIDNA and East Lake Calhoun are facing similar struggles over the issue of development, zoning, shoreline overlay districts and other caveats challenged by developers. Another issue raised is the role and power of the neighborhood associations in affecting the process and design of projects. Is this a good thing or are there limits to a neighborhood's influence over community development? Architects, weigh in on this ongoing saga of height, density, zoning and control over the city's development process.
There are several Twin Cities architecture related online discussion forums you can join including Minnescrapers (HOT RIGHT NOW) and Mnpulse.com
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