Southtown Shopping Center Redevelopment (Hy-Vee)

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This item has been withdrawn by the applicant. There will be no public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 16th.

Development applications are under review for a partial redevelopment within the Southtown Shopping Center. The applications entail demolishing the former Toys R Us and Herbergers building to accommodate a 132,500 square foot HyVee grocery store. The portion of the building where the Southtown bowling alley is located would remain, but the space would be converted to a 26,000 square foot HyVee wine and spirits store with additional retail space for a future tenant.

Development plans also entail significant site improvements to parking, pedestrian connections, landscaping, and exterior lighting. Traffic circulation would be improved at Southtown’s Penn Avenue entrance, although traffic engineering work is ongoing.

Future development phases are also planned. With Metro Transit’s Orange Line becoming operational this fall, Knox Avenue is an ideal location for higher density residential and office development. No specific timeline is proposed for future development phases.

This item has been withdrawn by the applicant. There will be no public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 16th.

Development applications are under review for a partial redevelopment within the Southtown Shopping Center. The applications entail demolishing the former Toys R Us and Herbergers building to accommodate a 132,500 square foot HyVee grocery store. The portion of the building where the Southtown bowling alley is located would remain, but the space would be converted to a 26,000 square foot HyVee wine and spirits store with additional retail space for a future tenant.

Development plans also entail significant site improvements to parking, pedestrian connections, landscaping, and exterior lighting. Traffic circulation would be improved at Southtown’s Penn Avenue entrance, although traffic engineering work is ongoing.

Future development phases are also planned. With Metro Transit’s Orange Line becoming operational this fall, Knox Avenue is an ideal location for higher density residential and office development. No specific timeline is proposed for future development phases.

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leave the bowling alley ,build around it !

Bo 8 months ago

Boggles my mind that we really need another grocery option in this area and the fact that Bloomington won't have more to say about this area. If Kraus Anderson has a willing tenant, how can this not work much the same as low income options in multi family redevelopment. How about partnering with the owners of the bowling alley to find a solution? I suggest we send our opinions directly to Kraus Anderson as well! Here is a where you can find the Development Team Website: https://www.krausanderson.com/development/our-team/ -- Lets let them know how we feel about their proposal.

JeffersonDad 10 months ago

We have so many great things about this place! Kids birthdays, grad parties, batchelor and bacholette parties.

My most favorite is our youth bowling. To Bloomington Jefferson youth bowling, this is our home. We have congregated here for so many years. They have graciously donated space for our kids to pursue their dreams, make friends, letter in high school and feel welcome.

Tonight we had what could possibly be Jefferson High School's last practice. We met and celebrated kids that may not have had any other welcoming and affordable options for sports and participation. These kids get high school letters, learn amazing teamwork, and build amazing friendships. They show pride, gain confidence and have fun! Taking this away could be a very sad thing.

Bowling for so many of us is not just a thing to do when nothing else is doable. We adults have so many of the same advantages of the youth. We make friends, get out of the house and are active! It is a unfortunately dying sport, yet a sport so many of us can do our entire life. The sport can accommodate every one of every age and ability! It is 100% INCLUSIVE!

Please think about all the advantages people will be missing out on; friendship, community, scholarships if this place is taken away from us.

Erin67 11 months ago

Southtown Bowling is a vital gathering space for the community. There's no place comparable where people come together in such large numbers regularly. I've been going there for ten years. I know that whenever I go in, I'll know people. It's a special place, where people of all ages, racial identities, and walks of life mingle. I'm a professor at Normandale. Southtown gives me the opportunity to meet people I'd never otherwise talk to. I've made my best friends at Southtown Lanes. Destroying it would be a big blow to the community.

dandarling 11 months ago

As a pedestrian who will be walking from 82nd and Knox, where is the dignity? You have pedestrians shoved up against the high speed traffic and no intrinsic walkway from the corner of 82nd to the liquor store. That small green patch below the Future Phase building should have a pedestrian path, because people will be using that pathway either way, Including a path there would increase the dignity of those who are forced to walk.

Overall the plan is far too car-centric, with pedestrians shoved to the sides and up against the retailers. I propose a safe walk-way between the Liquor Store and the Grocer that has more space and a few benches to improve the quality of life of any elders or families that use the space.

The question really is, How are we able to influence these projects in a way that promotes Pedestrian Dignity – and honors ALL who live in and utilize these spaces?

The present plan looks to me like there is no care for those who are forced to walk, roll on wheelchairs and scooters, or use the bus. That is a failure. We need to do better for the human bodies living in these areas.

Rumple_Uisle 11 months ago

Removing Southtown Bowling from the area is hard news to hear. I bowl on Friday nights in a African American League that has roots dating back 60 years. Many members travel great distances to participate in competition and fellowship. The removal of Southtown will greatly impact the future of the league.

Bowling Centers Matter 11 months ago

Also, remember Southtown is a large bowling center, which often hosts large city and state tournaments - meaning people are coming from around the state and area to spend money at restaurants and hotels etc. in Bloomington.

wjstix 11 months ago

I've lived in Cottage Grove since 2005, but I still come to Southtown every week for my bowling league. I often stop at stores nearby before bowling, I'd never come to that area except for bowling. Our team moved to Southtown after Diamond Lake Lanes in Minneapolis closed, and we bowl in the Southdale Men's League, which moved to Southtown after Southdale Lanes in Edina closed. If you close Southtown, you're just forcing more people (and their spending) to go to Eagan or somewhere else outside the area.

wjstix 11 months ago

I look forward to bowling here every week from fall to spring. My mother use to play in leagues here when I was little. I bring my kids here and this has been a great location to meet with friends and family. Really hope there is a way this stays as there is not another place like this in the area.

bak 11 months ago

What a bummer part of an otherwise much needed project. The developers are being held to City/Watershed District regulations and the proposed plan turns this existing massive sea of pavement into a much more "green" property through stormwater improvements below the parking lot, landscaped islands, reduced impervious coverage etc. It is a shame that Bloomington AMF is planned to be sacrificed for a liquor store of all things. Engineering improvements to a Site are one thing but the impact on the Community cannot be understated for this project. Bloomington AMF, as illustrated by its parking areas virtually every day of the week, is adored by this Community. I hope a way to preserve Bloomington AMF can be found.

Bill 12 months ago

My husband and I would sorely miss Southtown Bowl; our Southtown Bowling league is part of our livelihood, and the bowling alley s surely more useful to our Bloomington community than a liquor store. If HyVee needs a liquor store, please reconsider the other spaces available within the Southtown Shopping Center.

MShaughnessy 12 months ago

Southtown Bowl can't be torn down. I have the best time ever bowling there in my bowling league. I love Southtown bowl and it will always mean more to me than a HyVee liquor store. If you care about the people of Bloomington at all you won't tear down Southtown Bowl. Please put the people before money.

Billy21 12 months ago

This center has been my home since I was 10 years old. Put the liquor store somewhere else. Don’t take away a center that brings in more league revenue than any other AMF center in Minnesota! Stop by any night of the week and see how packed it is with leagues. Don’t take away the biggest center in the metro!

aerickson121673 12 months ago

Please don’t take southtown from our community!!! This is the place where I fell in love with Bowling and I can’t imagine Bowling anywhere else. It is home to so many leagues daily ranging from high school tournaments to fun leagues there are so many other options in Bloomington for Hy-Vee developments please please save southtown

Bhaegle 12 months ago

I implore you to come during the upcoming Minnesota High School All-Conference bowling tournament November 27th at 10 am. Talk around and ask kids from all over the state what we think of Southtown. I'd be willing to bet $20 most would say it's their favorite in Minnesota. I know it's mine.

Minty 12 months ago

I'm all for cleaning up dead retail spaces, but killing the only bowling center in a 10 mile radius is very bothersome. We have so few affordable, inclusive, family-friendly entertainment options these days. Particularly in the winter. Ignoring community benefits to maximize tax dollars per square foot is a race to the bottom that results in nothing but soulless chain retail/restaurants and more liquors stores than anybody wants. I love HyVee but let's find a better way!

mntwins8791 12 months ago

Inclusive, affordable, family-friendly entertainment options like Southtown Bowl are already too few and far between. Losing this establishment leaves a 10 mile-diameter hole in the metro that will never be replaced. Supplanting established, community-preferred establishments in order to maximize tax revenue per square foot via chain retail and a 17th liquor store is a race to the bottom that kills the soul of a community. I love HyVee but find a better way!

mntwins8791 12 months ago

My family has been bowling at Southtown for generations. As a St. Paul resident I will have literally no reason to ever spend my money in this area again, and a lot of people I've met that bowl here I'm sure would say the same thing. Tear down a focal point of traffic from other cities in order to put up a liquor store portion of a grocery store, what a pointless decision. But go ahead and keep expanding on things that give people less reason to come to your city.

Eogaard 12 months ago

I don’t believe the city realistically has control on what the building owner can do or not do with their retail property, as long as it meets what the area is zoned for. Is that accurate? I do like the bowling alley, but I also dislike that the retail spaces there have sat vacant for years. It does need redevelopment and if the owner (KA) is willing to make the investment then that’s good. Getting into that shopping area by car from Penn isn’t great - people always seem confused with the right turn only in the eastbound traveling lanes in front of Applebees. Would need major improvements. Entering on American Blvd isn’t great either. Would love more green space or a pocket park to be incorporated - we love grabbing food at a grocery deli and eating outside between shopping trips and errands. I appreciate that it will be close to the orange line - Will there be transit parking in the area? I hadn’t followed that piece as I’d normally park at 98th & 35w.

anitasmithson 12 months ago

Please don’t take the bowling alley!! It’s such a staple in the community and one of the only fun places left to take your family!

Rygrace 12 months ago
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