Roseville gears up for Twin Lakes area redevelopment

A graphic shows each of the parcels in the Twin Lakes area of Roseville.
A graphic shows each of the parcels in the Twin Lakes area of Roseville. (submitted graphic)
A rendering of the 190-unit Twin Lakes Apartments.
A rendering of the 190-unit Twin Lakes Apartments. (submitted graphic)
A $1.5 million project will install additional left-turn lanes on northbound Cleveland Avenue to northbound Interstate 35W and northbound I-35W to Cleveland Avenue.
A $1.5 million project will install additional left-turn lanes on northbound Cleveland Avenue to northbound Interstate 35W and northbound I-35W to Cleveland Avenue. (submitted graphic)
A traffic study is currently underway to determine the best course of action for extending Twin Lakes Parkway through the area to Fairview Avenue. (submitted graphic)
A traffic study is currently underway to determine the best course of action for extending Twin Lakes Parkway through the area to Fairview Avenue. (submitted graphic)

Big things are happening in the Twin Lakes area in Roseville, and what the future holds in terms of redevelopment is anyone's guess.

The Twin Lakes area -- bound on the west by Cleveland Avenue, on the south by County Road C, nearly reaching County Road C2 on the north and abutting the Rosedale Square shopping center on the east -- is approximately 280 acres of land that once was mostly occupied by trucking companies. 

Much of the land requires environmental cleanup to remove petrochemicals left over from the previous industrial use before it's suitable for redevelopment.

Over the past couple decades, Roseville officials have floated several ideas for redevelopment on the land, including an office park concept in 1988, a flurry of different zoning plans in the 2000s, finally settling on a largely mixed-use concept in 2010, according to community development director Paul Bilotta.

At a Jan. 14 community input meeting, Bilotta asked residents to share written thoughts on how the land should be used, offering ideas ranging from warehouses to hospitals, homes to corporate headquarters, as well as allowing residents to discuss the land's positive and negative aspects. 

"This area is being looked at quite a bit," he said of potential redevelopment at the meeting. "There's a lot of interest in the Twin Lakes area."

Bilotta explained that input gathered from residents would assist the city in creating a regulating plan for the area. A regulating plan, he explained, helps guide the physical attributes of future development, such as where buildings are located and streetscapes.

"[It's] so the projects all integrate and don't look like patchwork," Bilotta told the Review.

He added the results of the meeting will be posted on the city's website and presented at the Feb. 18 council meeting.

Active redevelopment projects

In just the past few years, Roseville has seen a good deal of activity on the Twin Lakes site, including a $1.18 million Metropolitan Council grant which will "help fund various elements of the redevelopment of a blighted, underutilized industrial area and transform it into a walkable, amenity-rich, mixed-use residential, commercial, and recreational setting," according to a Met Council statement.

In December, the Met Council also awarded a $200,000 Livable Communities grant to the proposed Twin Lakes Apartments project at 2785 Fairview Ave. A total of 190 units will be spread between two buildings, and one-third of the units -- about 64 -- will be affordable "workforce" housing. According to a staff report, these affordable units have tenant income ranges, not to exceed $50,340 for a four-person unit.

Java Capital Partners is proposing the construction of a grocery store and two other smaller retail spaces across the street from Wal-Mart at 2700 Cleveland Ave. Roseville's planning commission approved the plans at its Jan. 7 meeting, and Bilotta says the council is set to vote on it at an upcoming meeting.

Additionally, at its Jan. 12 meeting, the Roseville City Council approved the preliminary plat for the construction of two hotels at 2750 Cleveland Ave., adjacent to the Metro Transit Park and Ride facility: a five-story, 100-unit Hampton Inn and a four-story, 105-unit Home2 Suites.

Active traffic projects

Two traffic projects near the Twin Lakes area aim to make the area more motorist-friendly.

One project could extend the existing Twin Lakes Parkway from Cleveland Avenue through the area to Fairview Avenue. Currently, the road only extends from Cleveland to Prior Avenue. 

City engineer Marc Culver told the Review a traffic study of the entire Twin Lakes area is currently underway to determine the best course of action for the extension, as well as taking a look at several of the other major intersections in the area. Staff hopes to have the study completed by mid-February.

Another larger-scale project, estimated at about $1.5 million, will reconstruct parts of the Interstate 35W and Cleveland Avenue interchange.

Plans include the installation of an additional left-turn lane on both the northbound I-35W exit ramp to Cleveland Avenue and on northbound Cleveland Avenue to northbound I-35W.

The majority of the project will be funded by the federal Surface Transportation Program, with Wal-Mart kicking in about $400,000 as part of its development agreement.

City staff hopes the project will get started in July of this year, but that could be pushed into 2016 if construction bids are too high, or if the "aggressive" project schedule is too fast for completing the required permits and reviews, Culver said.

Neighborhood association

Roseville resident Lisa McCormick recently organized the Twin Lakes Neighborhood Association for those who live near the redevelopment area. The neighborhood association, just one of three active associations in the city, includes approximately 540 homes around the Twin Lakes redevelopment area, including those approximately between County Road C2 and County Road D, bound by Cleveland Avenue on the west and Snelling Avenue on the east.

McCormick, the president of the association, and Kathy Erickson, the vice president, said the association hopes bring neighbors closer together, as well as helping residents become more involved in the redevelopment process.

The overall goal of the association is to "strengthen our sense of community, enhance safety and maintain the quality of living that we currently enjoy," McCormick said. "Right now it's been a two-pronged approach: activities that sustain and support the community, and getting more actively involved at a local level with redevelopment."

The association held its first meeting in October, and will hold another meeting in February, which will be used to plan events for spring.

For more information on the group, visit www.langtonlake.nextdoor.com or email twinlakesna@gmail.com.

For more information on active projects in the Twin Lakes redevelopment area, visit www.cityofroseville.com/2787/Twin-Lakes-Active-Projects.

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow her on Twitter @jholubnews.

 
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