South Lyndale Corridor Plan

Background Information

Four neighborhoods share the Lyndale Avenue South corridor from the Minnehaha Creek to the Crosstown Highway Kenny, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, and Windom. The Kenny neighborhood is bordered by 54th Street on the north, Lyndale Avenue South and Highway 121 on the east, Knox Avenue on the west, and Crosstown Highway 62 on the south. The Lynnhurst neighborhood is bordered by 46th Street on the north, Lyndale Avenue on the east, Penn Avenue on the west, and 54th Street on the south. The Tangletown neighborhood is bordered by 46th Street on the north, Hwy. 35W on the east, Lyndale Avenue on the west, and Diamond Lake Rd/54th Street on the South. The Windom neighborhood is bordered by Diamond Lake Rd/54th Street on the north, Highway 35W on the east, Lyndale Avenue and Highway 121 on the west, and Crosstown Highway 62 on the south. These four neighborhoods represent geographically defined neighborhoods within Minneapolis, and representatives from each of these neighborhoods form Lyndale Avenue South Renewal – Creek to Crosstown (LASR-CC), a community group developing a vision for Lyndale Avenue south of Minnehaha Creek. In addition, representatives from the business community along Lyndale Avenue also sit on LASR-CC.

The LASR-CC team had been meeting for over three years during which they formed their coalition, reviewed the history of previous Lyndale Avenue planning efforts, and facilitated a community process that developed a vision for Lyndale Avenue. This vision statement is as follows: "We envision a Lyndale Avenue South that…

1. Blends the area’s natural beauty, existing resources, and future development to create attractive, well-maintained spaces with a distinct sense of place.

2. Encourages a neighborhood-friendly transportation environment that emphasizes pedestrian activities while accommodating vehicles.

3. Fosters neighborhood-focused businesses and a development climate that meets the needs of the residents."

Past Planning Efforts

To view information on the history of planning efforts in the South Lyndale area as well as current issues, see the Ward 13 website.

Purpose of South Lyndale Corridor Plan

The corridor master plan was completed primarily in 2005 and will focus on long-term changes rather than short-term improvements. The Lyndale Avenue corridor is defined as a community corridor in The Minneapolis Plan, the city’s adopted comprehensive plan . It provides housing, commercial goods and services, development opportunities, and major transit connections. Land use and transportation changes have already occurred, and additional change is anticipated. Recent proposals for housing and mixed-use developments have sparked neighborhood opposition, due in part to the lack of a shared vision for how the corridor can evolve. The LASR-CC committee has worked to build that vision, but had not yet addressed the specifics of land use change. Completion of the South Lyndale Corridor Plan process was the final stage for realizing the community vision.

Adopted South Lyndale Master Plan

Approved by City Council January, 2006

Last updated Mar. 3, 2014