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Star Tribune: Lyndale Garden Center site to blossom anew as a food co-op

By Mary Jane Smetanka The store will be a key part of Richfield’s new “downtown.” As Richfield’s new “downtown” near Lyndale Avenue and 66th Street sprouts shiny new apartment and retail buildings, the missing piece of the puzzle that is Lyndale Gardens is beginning to fall into place. Lakewinds Natural Foods, a member-owned food cooperative [...]


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Can walkable urbanism save our planet?

Living in a walkable urban neighborhood comes with obvious benefits – no long morning commutes, access to a myriad of activities and opportunities all on foot, and the cost savings that comes with not owning and driving two private vehicles. As more people move back to cities, reclaiming this foundational lifestyle, what is the impact [...]


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Lakewinds Co-op Announces Store Plans for Lyndale Gardens

Lakewinds Natural Foods, a full service member owned co-operative grocer with locations in Minnetonka and Chanhassen, is on its way to opening a brand new store in Richfield at Lyndale Gardens.  An announcement was made to the Richfield City Council on December 11, 2012. The Cornerstone Group had been negotiating with Lakewinds for a year and [...]


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Lyndale Gardens turns on 40 kilowatt Solar Array

The Lyndale Gardens site just got a little greener.  That’s because a 40 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system has just been turned on.  In preparation for the new mixed-use development, the project was able to take advantage of federal, state, and Xcel Energy incentives to purchase solar panels that will help power the future retail and [...]


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Lyndale Gardens to Host Winter Market & Festival of Lights!

Richfield residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a new holiday celebration this year at Lyndale Gardens, on Saturday December 1 from 4-8 p.m.  The event will feature 20 local arts and crafts vendors, a live acoustic performance by the Hummingbirds, food trucks, bonfires with free s’more roasting, and an appearance by Santa.  The Cornerstone [...]


This concept drawing demonstrates the potential view from Tower Hill Park once the Prospect Park Station Area is redeveloped. (Image provided by Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association.)

The Cornerstone Group Completes Acquisition of Prospect Park Boeser Site

Prospect Park is one step closer to actualizing its vision as a walkable, transit-oriented urban village.  The Cornerstone Group has completed acquisition of the former Boeser site at 2901 4th Street SE in Minneapolis. Colleen Carey, President of The Cornerstone Group, stated: “We believe that the Prospect Park Station has great potential for transformation.  The LRT [...]


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Lyndale Gardens Farmer’s Market a Success!

Hundreds of Richfield residents turned out for the Lyndale Gardens community event! A full article is available in the Richfield Patch.


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Twin Cities Business: Engaging Employees in Helping the Environment

This is an excerpt from an article in Twin Cities Business Magazine.  The article features an interview with Diane DeVon, portfolio manager for TCG Management.   ‘They have to believe in it’ Creating a culture in which employees are engaged in sustainability—from pitching plastic bottles in the right bin to sharing ideas to green the [...]


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Where you live = How long you live

What if we could predict how long someone would live just by looking up their zip code? Dr. Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH has made a shocking correlation between the two. Controlling for other factors, Dr. Iton has proven that life span is directly correlated with the location of your home. Great disparities exist from [...]


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A sense of place: spaces designed for people

Imagine a perfect day in your city or hometown.  What does it look like?  Where would you go?  How would you get there?  What would you do?  Who might you see along the way? Place making, an evolving multi-disciplinary approach to planning, design, and management of public spaces, seeks to transform average spaces into high-quality [...]