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But the council that took the last vote is half gone, replaced by seven new faces who ran on largely pro-density platforms — including City Council Member Lisa Bender, who now represents the area. The Colfax lot is an attractive site for development in an area that has already seen a boom in high-density residential housing. It is a short jaunt to Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues, served by many nearby bus routes and zoned for high-density housing.
Bender, who chairs the city’s Zoning and Planning Committee, said she is interested to hear the historic preservation arguments from both sides, but otherwise thinks “it’s a great development.” It’s in a transit-oriented area, she noted, and requires only a minor variance from city code.
“I am cognizant of the dynamic of wanting to make sure we’re taking historic preservation seriously and not saving buildings that don’t make sense,” Bender said.
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