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Yes, the City’s Zoning Code requires the provision of parking stalls for all apartment buildings. With the closure of the West garage structure, the Knollwood Towers - West property is not in compliance with the Zoning Code. The City is working with IPG Living to find temporary and permanent parking solutions for Knollwood Towers’ residents. The City encourages residents to contact HOME Line, homelinemn.org or 612-728-5767 to see if the garage closure is grounds for early lease termination, if that is what you would like to do.
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The City is temporarily opening one side of 2nd Street NE for on-street parking. The City acknowledges that this is very far for some residents to walk and not a great solution.
Given the limited on-street parking options in the area and the large amounts of snow we have received this winter, finding space for displaced vehicles from Knollwood Towers is a priority. The City is working with IPG Living, Knollwood Towers owner and property manager, to find acceptable parking solutions for residents.
City staff have been working with IPG Living to identify a long-term solution to the structural deficiencies of the ramp and reviewed a concept for a new ramp and infill apartment building.
In response to the imminent garage closure, architects working with the property owner have now prepared conceptual plans to provide parking for residents through a surface parking lot. In order to construct replacement parking stalls through either a new structure or surface lot, there will need to be City land use and permitting review and approvals.
State Statute and City Code require a formal process, including a public hearing, for the type of review that is likely required. Notice of a public hearing will be mailed to residents and property owners within 500 feet of the site.
Once an application is submitted by the owner, information on the status of the project will be available at https://www.hopkinsmn.com/1139/Knollwood-Towers.
The East parking ramp is being routinely inspected by structural safety engineers. If and when the determination is made that the ramp is structurally unsound/unsafe, it will be closed.