Former City-owned Rights-of-way Could House New Townhomes

The City of Bloomington is looking to use some of its vacant land to create new opportunities for developers and homeowners in Bloomington. City staff recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking private developers to build new owner-occupied townhomes on City-owned land along Lyndale Avenue South, east of Aldrich Avenue South, south of American Boulevard West and north of West 83rd Street. This area is easily accessible by Interstate Highways 35W and 494 in the north central part of the city.

The successful bidder will submit an innovative, creative concept design, taking into consideration new urbanization practices. The City is looking for a design that fits into the surrounding neighborhood, while also creating an attractive entry point into Bloomington, since the area is a gateway from I-494 onto Lyndale Avenue South. Proposals are expected to maximize the site’s potential for building vertical, and support the City’s strategic priorities: community amenities, community image, focused renewal, environmental sustainability, inclusion and equity, and high quality service delivery.

“This is former right-of-way land, which now presents a great opportunity to build more homeownership in Bloomington,” Community Development Director Eric Johnson said.  

“This is a good example of potential investment happening in Bloomington outside of South Loop and other development districts—one that would benefit residents and people considering a move to the city,” Mayor Gene Winstead said. 

Properties for sale are 8036, 8100, 8110, 8112, 8126, 8132, 8138, 8142, 8200, 8206, and 8212 Lyndale Avenue South and 8151 Aldrich Avenue South.