Enclave’s redevelopment project in Edina clears environmental hurdle

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Enclave’s mixed-use redevelopment plan for the former Macy’s Furniture Store location in Edina has reached another milestone with the completion of an environmental review.

The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board said this week that an Environmental Impact Statement is not needed for the project, which would bring 460 housing units and 300,000 square feet of office and mixed-used space to the one-time retail site at 7235 France Ave. S. The 8-acre site is on the east side of France Avenue north of Gallagher Drive.

The planned development was the subject of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet, which looks at the potential impact of a project on everything from traffic to wildlife. The EAW was launched in June. An EIS is required if a more in-depth review is necessary.

Finance & Commerce reached out to Enclave for comment.

Cary Teague, Edina’s community development director, said in an email Thursday that the next step is for Enclave to submit a formal application.

“They have told me they are still evaluating the Planning Commission and City Council comments during sketch plan review, and they are working on revisions to the sketch plan proposal,” Teague said.

Enclave Cos., which is based in West Fargo, North Dakota, presented its vision for the site to the Edina Planning Commission in April.

Finance & Commerce reported at the time that the developer wanted to demolish the Macy’s store and redevelop the block with two 150,000-square-foot office structures and two seven-story apartment buildings. Each apartment building would hold 230 units.

“Enclave is excited about the opportunity to join the vibrant community of Edina with a project that complements the city’s bold and innovative vision for the Greater Southdale District,” an Enclave spokesperson wrote in an email to Finance & Commerce at the time.

ESG Architecture & Design is on board for design duties.

Patrick Brama, a developer with Enclave, told the Edina Planning Commission in April that Enclave has a “long-term vested interest” in the project’s success.

“We want it to be something that the community is proud of. The entire community. And is an asset for anybody in the community to come visit and take part of,” Brama said at the meeting.

Hennepin County property records list Macy’s Retail Holdings LLC as the property’s owner. The existing building was constructed in 1977. The property’s estimated market value is $9.93 million, according to county records.

RELATED: Enclave presents redevelopment plans for Edina’s Macy’s Furniture Store

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