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Lyn-Lake Parking Lots

Lyn-Lake Parking Lots

Project overview

The City of Minneapolis, working through its Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED), seeks to sell the City-owned surface parking lots at the intersection of Lyndale Avenue South and West Lake Street for redevelopment. The map above shows the City-owned parcels outlined in blue. The parcels were identified for future redevelopment, starting in 2007 in the Midtown Greenway Land Use and Development Plan (adopted 2007), Lyn-Lake Small Area Plan (adopted 2009), The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth (adopted 2009), and Minneapolis 2040 (adoption expected 2019). A short history of the Lyn-Lake Parking Facilities explains how creative and committed minds came together to create district parking at Lyn-Lake in the late 1990's.

Community engagement

A follow-up meeting to the open house is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Whittier Recreation Center (425 West 26th St). This meeting will be an opportunity for staff to (1) present the feedback received at the October 8 Open House and from the online survey, (2) discuss together how staff can incorporate the feedback into the Request for Proposals (RFP) document, and (3) brainstorm together ways for community engagement to continue moving forward.

Community engagement began with staff tabling about the future redevelopment of the lot at the June 2, 2019 Lyndale Open Streets event. At Open Streets, staff asked people to vote for their top three most important development objectives for the Lyn-Lake Parking Lots. The top three priorities, as voted on by the Open Streets participants were: affordable housing, public outdoor green space/pedestrian space, and green building standards. The chart below displays all the responses collected that day.

Lyn-Lake Parking Lots Image 2

Following Open Streets, staff then began giving informational presentations to community stakeholder organizations. This was an opportunity to set the stage for future engagement.

The first public meeting was a Ward 10 Open House on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Garfield Lot (2956 Garfield Ave S). At the Open House, the public was able to talk to Council President Bender and City staff about “Creating a Development Vision for the City-owned Parking Lots at Lyn-Lake.” 

The second public meeting is on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Whittier Recreation Center, 425 West 26th Street. Come to (1) hear the results from the online survey and the October 8 meeting, (2) discuss incorporating the results into the Request for Proposal’s development objectives and developer evaluation criteria, and (3) brainstorm community engagement methods moving forward.

Online survey

There is an online survey available for the public to weigh in on Creating a Development Vision for the City-owned Parking Lots at Lyn-Lake. It is best to complete the survey on a desktop computer or tablet. You can complete it on a phone, but you may find the smaller format time consuming. CPED requests you complete the survey by Sunday, November 3, 2019.

Parking lot details

Community context


The City hired a consultant to complete a Lyn-Lake Parking Study in August 2018 to study the parking supply and demand in the area bound by Aldrich Ave S, Harriet Ave S, 28th St W, and 31st St W. The table below lists the existing parking supply. The study found peak parking times were 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The study found that on-street spaces were ~85% occupied during peak times and the Garfield Parking Lot was ~75% occupied during peak times. The lowest dip in parking demand occurred from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on Thursdays and 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon on Saturdays.

Lyn-Lake Parking Supply


The estimated number of vehicles traveling on Lake St and crossing Lyndale Ave is 17,900 daily. The estimated number traveling on Lyndale Ave S and crossing Lake St is 14,300 daily (ESRI, Kalibrate Technologies Q4 2018). Vision Zero Minneapolis studies crashes and injuries on Minneapolis streets. The intersection of Lake St and Lyndale Ave is part of the City’s “High Injury Network,” where 63% of fatal and severe vehicle crashes occurred on 4% of the City’s streets that carry 18% of vehicle traffic. Increased safety at this intersection is an important City objective.


Within a one-mile radius of the site, 20% of the occupied housing units do not have access to a vehicle (2019 ESRI: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey). Metro Transit’s second busiest bus line – the 21 – travels east-west along Lake Street and past the Garfield Parking Lot. It carries over 10,000 passengers daily.  Metro Transit is planning a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) B Line, connecting the future Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) stop at West Lake Street to St. Paul along Lake St. The goal is to start the B Line construction in 2022 (pending full funding) and begin B Line operations in 2024. Metro Transit plans a B Line METRO stop on Lake St at the intersection with Lyndale Ave S. Bus line 4 travels north-south on Lyndale Ave.

Residential demographics

There are approximately 46,500 residents living within one mile of the site. The annual residential growth rate within this area has been about 1% since 2010. Projections indicate the rate will remain relatively similar for each of the next five years. The estimated median household income in the one-mile area is $54,200. Of the 25,414 housing units, the majority (72%) are rental units, 21% are ownership units, and the remaining 7% are vacant (2019 ESRI: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey).

Request for Proposal (RFP) information

City staff believes that the RFP will be ready to issue in 2019 or early 2020.

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For project inquires contact Rebecca Parrell.

Last updated Oct 24, 2019



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