Updated:
Original:

Mpls. backs parking spot rule change for some new apartment buildings

Author:

New apartment buildings built near regular mass transit lines in Minneapolis will no longer have to provide off-street parking spaces for all their tenants.

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved an amendment to its zoning code that will mean small apartment buildings built within a quarter mile of a regular bus service, or a half mile of a rail service, will not need any off-street parking for its residents, WCCO reports.

The new rule applies to buildings with fewer than 50 units outside of downtown, and was put forward as a way of making apartment construction more affordable for developers, keeping rents low for tenants, and boosting transit use.

The Star Tribune notes large apartment buildings with more than 50 units will still have to provide some off-street parking, but developers only need to provide one space for every two apartments, rather than one for each.

"This change will allow developers to stop designing their projects around parking," council member Lisa Bender – who proposed the change – told a meeting Friday. "It will allow more flexibility in design and I think people will be a lot more excited about the projects they see coming into their neighborhoods."

Bender said that the ordinance will benefit small-scale, non-luxury developments, the Star Tribune notes.

This is because having to provide off-street parking can be prohibitively expensive for developers, who then pass on the additional costs to renters. A council document released last month estimated a single above-ground off-street parking space adds $20,000 onto the cost of construction.

An underground parking space meanwhile sets developers back around $55,000.

Council limits flavored tobacco sales

Another decision made at Friday's council meeting will see the price of cigars increased to a minimum of $2.60 per stick, as well as restrictions of the sale of flavored tobacco.

KSTP reports city convenience stores will no longer be able to sell flavored tobacco products, namely cigars, electronic cigarettes or hookah tobacco (flavored cigarettes are already banned).

Only specialist tobacco-product shops will be allowed to sell flavored tobacco, bringing its availability in Minneapolis from Jan. 1 down from 420 stores currently, to just 25.

KSTP notes city leaders wanted to restrict the sale as they are popular among youths when they start smoking.

Next Up

madden's

Madden's has banner summer with surge of visitors to Gull Lake

The resort was named the No. 1 resort in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

denny dempsey

Burnsville priest identified as bicyclist killed in Rosemount

The church says he was doing what he loved: riding his bike.

Matt Dumba

Wild open road trip with win over Canucks

At 5-1, only the St. Louis Blues (5-0) are off to a better start in the Western Conference than the Wild.

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.

Wild

COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

Related