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Preliminary Plans Approved for New Golden Valley Apartment Building

The multi-unit apartment building would be constructed on Highway 55 and Golden Valley Road.

Residents in Golden Valley may see a new apartment building along Olson Memorial Highway in the next year. At their meeting last night, the Golden Valley Planning Commission approved preliminary construction plans for The Tiburon, a 142-unit complex with studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments.

Developed by Dunbar Development Corporation, The Tiburon would be located on Highway 55 and Golden Valley Road.

In a letter to commissioners, City Planner Joe Hogeboom said that the complex would cater to people who want to live in an upscale apartment facility near the northwest suburbs.

"There is currently a strong demand for multi-family housing in the market," Hogeboom said in commission documents. "The property was recently re-guided for long-term high density residential uses in the Comprehensive Plan."

Hogeboom mentioned that the City Council requested a change to the land use. At their Sept. 4 meeting, City Council members approved the re-zoning of the space from commercial to residential-high density. 

Zoning aside, last night commissioners had concerns with landscaping, parking and design.

Planning Commission Chair Cathy Waldhauser wanted Dunbar Development to address potential traffic noise issues. Steve Dunbar of Dunbar Development said that high quality windows would reduce the sound coming from the road.

"We want this to be a great place to live," Dunbar said, noting that for 30 years Dunbar Development Corporation has not sold any of the apartment buildings they've built.

According to Dunbar, The Tiburon would be complete with a bocce ball area, a pool for sunbathing, an enclosed bike room, conference room and theater.

At the meeting, Hogeboom mentioned that the construction of The Tiburon could be part of a larger project to review the area along Golden Valley Road, between Boone Avenue and Mendelssohn Avenue.

"Tomorrow evening staff will be going before the City Council to talk about an area that is probably ready for some reinvestment and redevelopment," Hogeboom said. "We're looking at [The Tiburon] in relation to this and independent from this. These developers have been speaking to staff for the better part of the summer. They’ve done their homework."

Valerie Engler September 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Just had a reader ask a question about the exact location of the proposed building. Since Golden Valley Road and Highway 55 run parallel, it's a bit confusing. I just added a screen shot from the City Council packet that shows the location. It's sandwiched in between the two roads.
manny December 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
OK so it is the old Golden Valley Bowling Alley & the empty car lot next door to them. So National Camer is going to stay and the new golf putting place will stay?
Valerie Engler December 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Manny, that's right. They're looking at the old bowling alley site. National Camera wouldn't be impacted.
manny December 24, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Thank you for clearing that up for me. My daughter lives right across from it so I wanted to make sure that she didn't have to find a new place to live.

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