Support the Sons of Norway project (Deny the appeal!)

The King and Queen of Norway approve of this project and will be attending the opening.

Update (2/15): The appeal of Sons of Norway was denied and the rezoning application succeeded, the project will be proceeding as planned! Thanks to everyone who emailed, and extra thanks to those who took time out of their morning/afternoon to speak!

Update (2/1): The ECCO neighborhood organization has filed an appeal with the city in continued attempts to delay or substantially alter the project. The project will be going before the Zoning and Planning Committee on Feb. 15th. Contact info below has been updated to reflect this.

Update (1/22): The project was approved at the Planning Commission and will be going forward to construction, with some additional small changes (which will not affect unit counts, parking spaces, etc.). Thanks to everyone who emailed and spoke in favor, you made a difference!

Project overview: This is a new 7-story mixed-use building with 319 residential units and 23,000 square feet of retail space. It will replace the existing Sons of Norway building at 1455 W Lake St, and will also redevelop a large chunk of the bountiful asphalt fields adjacent to the existing building. This project is in the middle of a transit-rich, walkable and active neighborhood. It is across the street from a grocery store, very close to the Uptown transit center, near to many parks, restaurants, jobs, stores, parks, and of course, the chain of lakes.

The project has been the subject of several letters to the editor to the Star Tribune and Southwest Journal (see below for media coverage and news articles). Opposition from neighborhood organizations has succeeded somewhat in demanding redesigns of the project to accommodate their absurd concerns (so, the south building is 5 stories, and the north building is 7, originally an even 6). Opponents, consisting almost 100% of privileged homeowners, and “longtime residents”, have been using language like “livability”, meaning “less people living in city” to oppose it. If this is “livability” it’s destroying the planet. Instead, “livability” should be defined as living adjacent to things you need so you can easily walk, bike or take public transit to get to work, groceries, and entertainment.

This project is now being appealed by the neighborhood org, and needs your support! Neighbors for More Neighbors opposes the appeal, help us out! If you’d like to receive alerts about things like this, join the mailing list. Support our work through Patreon, or by buying swag editions of our art.

How to help

Send a short email in support of this project (even two or three sentences will do) to the Zoning & Planning Committee members. This project’s appeal hearing will be at the Z&P Committee on February 15th at 10 AM, so make sure to get your email in reasonably in advance of that. The meeting agenda is here.

If you don’t want to copy/paste all the email addresses, click here to mail them all.

Talking points

  • Please deny the appeal.

More info

Media Coverage

Letters to the Editor

News Articles

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