Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Somali mall expansion project nixed by city amid crowd complaints

Business Journal
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
by: Mark Reilly

The Minneapolis Planning Commission killed a plan to expand Village Market mall, a hub for Somali businesses, after it drew complaints from neighbors that there's too much traffic already.

The Star Tribune reports on the project,which had sought to add another 9,000 square feet of space and more parking. City planners had endorsed the idea, but commissioners voted it down after a busy Monday night meeting in which neighbors said the streets around the mall, at East 24th Street and 10th Avenue South, were already choked with cars.

The Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association opposed the plan, and even some shop owners said that owners should fix the parking situation before expanding more. The developer is planning to install pay parking, which could cut down on all-day visits by patrons who come to watch soccer games.

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