Commercial flurry marks New Year in Falcon Heights


Mike Munzenrider photos Crews have broken ground on the 68-unit Hendrickson senior complex at 1750 Larpenteur Ave. in Falcon Heights.

Sourcewell Technology is selling the building at 1667 Snelling Ave. With the government agency moving out, the building, assessed at $7.8 million, is set to go back on the property tax rolls.

A handful of commercial changes are underway in Falcon Heights as 2019 gets itself going.

Crews have broken ground on the Hendrickson senior housing complex at 1750 Larpenteur Ave.

The site has been cleared of trees to make way for the planned 68-unit, four-story building that will be for people 55 years and older.

The city enthusiastically green-lit the complex back in November with the approval of a planned use development ordinance that would allow for quick work on the building by minimizing city hurdles if plans were to change slightly as construction goes on.

“It’s market-rate housing, it’s senior housing, we want this built,” said Falcon Heights City Council member Mark Miazga during the Nov. 15 meeting where the plans were approved. Other city officials said they were pleased the city’s tax base would be expanding.

Another potential expansion of the city’s tax base could come a few blocks away.

City Administrator Sack Thongvanh said Sourcewell Technology, housed at 1667 Snelling Ave., has alerted the city that it’s moving out of the limestone building that dates to the 1940s.

Sourcewell, formerly known as TIES, is a government agency that consults with other government, school and nonprofit agencies on how to operate more efficiently. 

Because of its tax-exempt status, Sourcewell pays no property taxes, though Thongvanh said that will change if Sourcewell sells the building to a private developer, who he said plans to keep the building as office space following renovation.

According to Ramsey County property records, 1667 Snelling Ave. last sold in 2001 for $3.7 million and the parcel’s county-estimated 2018 market value is $7.8 million.

Some work is needed on the 70-year-old building. Thongvanh said the city council will be looking at supporting the developer’s bid for abatement support from the Metropolitan Council — asbestos needs to be removed from the building.

Adult daycare

At its first meeting of the year on Jan. 9 the city council amended city zoning code to allow for adult daycare centers, and then approved a conditional use permit for one such care center in a space at Falcon Heights Town Square, at 1550 Larpenteur Ave.

Thongvanh said the former tenant of the space, Central Pediatrics, has moved out, and work is currently underway to renovate it into a care center, which is expected to open in the coming months.

 

–Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. 

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