Client Byerly's and Schafer Richardson
Location Edina, Minnesota
Scope 10-acre repurposed retail to mixed-use development

Byerly's, Edina

Project Details

Westwood’s Role

  • Master Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Stormwater Management
  • Surveying

Overview

With an aging retail store on 10 acres of land in the middle of a destination shopping area, Byerly’s seized the opportunity to repurpose the land, improve their store, and maximize property value in the process. The land was subdivided with a mixed-use plan that included 47,000 SF retail (Byerly’s), plus three 5-story apartment buildings (241 units) with first-level retail.

Working on Multiple Fronts

Westwood master planned the entire site before the parcel was split into two ownership groups. Each came with its own set of consultants and design challenges – traffic issues, coordinating easement agreements through legal, negotiating with neighbors, designing around the existing store, and phasing of projects – all adding up to a non-traditional and complicated design.

Designing for Maximum Benefits

Road improvements along France Avenue were underway and the property backed up onto The Promenade – an extension of Centennial Lakes Park, so this project quickly became a public/private partnership. A park dedication was required, enabling the city to make park improvements, with a requirement that the property be connected to The Promenade. Knowing what questions to ask, Westwood saw an innovative stormwater management opportunity and designed for maximum capacity which was more than required by code, thus banking watershed credits for the owner to sell to another developer at a later date.