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Whittier Commercial Corridors
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The Whittier neighborhood has four vibrant commercial corridors — Nicollet Ave, 26th St, Franklin and Lyndale Avenues. Nicollet Ave is our "Main Street" and has long been known as Eat Street while 26th St., Franklin and Lyndale Avenues contribute the character and rhythm that make Whittier a great place to do business. The area is supported by both loyal residents and metro wide patrons who appreciate the neighborhood setting and support family owned business.

The Whittier neighborhood invites new businesses to consider being part of the independent retail and commercial spirit of Whittier. We offer a variety of pedestrian friendly storefront spaces that are unique, adaptable, and affordable. Businesses can participate in the Whittier Business Assn. and the Whittier Alliance neighborhood organization.

Available spaces have many potential uses - restaurant, retail, child and family services, and more. Contact the Whittier Alliance office for more information about the neighborhood. And, please note our design and other guidelines:

Call the Whittier Alliance for further details and information about the Whittier neighborhood. Please refer to the following documents as you explore your leasing/sale options:

Nicollet/Eat Street

Since 1996, Eat Street promotes Nicollet Avenue as a destination hub for international food. All Twin Citians know about Eat Street. Downtown and Uptown visitors are just minutes away by car, taxi, or high-frequency service by Metro Transit 18 and 17. Bicyclists arrive from the Nicollet exit off the Midtown Greenway.

New retailers and restaurants should note the following city code and ordinances in effect for this area.
  • The Nicollet Franklin Pedestrian Overlay which, among several requirements, disallows drive-throughs, new curb cuts, and specifies setbacks (551.155)
  • No "off-sale" liquor licenses can be issued, as all available distances are now occupied (362.40).
  • Commercial Design Guidelines
  • Neighborhood Amenities
    • High density
    • High pedestrian, bike, transit and auto traffic
    • Easy access
    • Metro, state and international destinations (MIA, CTC, VE)
  • Encourage
    • Independent or family owned businesses
    • Creative storefronts
    • Environmentally sustainable businesses and business practices
    • Structured parking/building contained parking
  • Discourage
    • Big box
    • Chain or franchise stores
    • Retail storefronts occupied by non-commercial uses such as non-profit or social service organizations
    • Surface lots, curb cuts on to commercial streets

Property Listings

Nicollet & Franklin (Eat Street Flats)

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  • Building Details

  • Corner storefront at 35 East Franklin Ave with 1st Ave
  • High traffic Franklin Avenue
  • Major bus connection point, great pedestrian access
  • Rear parking lot, 10+ spaces
  • Current Tenants: CVS Pharmacy, pet care

9 West Franklin Ave 55404 (Greenleaf Lofts)

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  • Building Details

  • 10 on-ground retail parking spots, Nicollet Ave limited parking, reserved underground parking
  • Total Retail: 7,200 SF
  • Current Tenants: Starbucks Coffee, Jimmy John's
  • Storefronts on Franklin Ave side

2109 Nicollet Ave S 55404

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  • Building Details

  • Small office/retail
  • Walk-in mall layout
  • Side parking lot
  • Near high activity intersection and bus transfer point
  • Contact Information:

    Hong Kong Co (952) 920-4213

2429 Nicollet Ave S 55404

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  • Building Details

  • Renovated and expanded former city facility
  • Large continuous main floor space with expansive windows
  • Upstairs offices
  • Walk-in cooler on main floor
  • Loading dock, garage, elevator
  • Basement locker room
  • Potential for Class A upgrade
  • Parking lot
  • Contact Information:

    Wacota Commercial Advisors – Dana
    651-330-4286

2600 Nicollet Ave S 55404

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  • Building Details

  • Nicollet/26th corner space
  • Build to suit, new construction, high ceilings
  • Exterior changes and new windows possible
  • Underground parking for 16 cars and 10 surface parking places
  • Quick limited hour street parking
  • Prominent and visible neighborhood anchor corner
  • In front of south-traveling (return) bus stop
  • Contact Information:

    Chuck Armstrong - Leasing 952-646-3780

23 26th St E 55404

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  • Building Details

  • Addresses 17-21 E 26th
  • Ample street parking
  • Limited rear access
  • Upstairs residents
  • Prominent corner: 1st Ave commuter road and 26th St crosstown
  • Across from new condo building
  • Two storefronts available facing 26th Street

109 26th St E 55404

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  • Building Details

  • Recent interior/exterior renovation, partially owner-occupied
  • Across from architect-owned retail/office building
  • Prominent presence and architecture
  • Street parking
  • Adjacent to vacant lots
  • Contact Information:

    Bill & Nancy Blanski
    612-616-1681

2309 Lyndale Ave S 55405 (Le Parisien)

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  • Building Details

  • Beautiful 5-story
  • 20 covered surface parking spaces, Lyndale street parking
  • 1st, 2nd, and basement retail and office spaces available
  • Leasing webpage
  • Contact Information:

    Ben Beard / Hannah Carlson (952) 930-0630

Vacant Lots

C1/Neighborhood Commercial District

The C1 Neighborhood Commercial District is established to provide a convenient shopping environment of small scale retail sales and commercial services that are compatible with adjacent residential uses. In addition to commercial uses, residential uses, institutional and public uses, parking facilities, limited production and processing and public services and utilities are allowed.

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C2/Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District

The C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District is established to provide an environment of retail sales and commercial services that are larger in scale than allowed in the C1 District and to allow a broader range of automobile related uses. In addition to commercial uses, residential uses, institutional and public uses, parking facilities, limited production and processing and public services and utilities are allowed.

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C3A/Community Activity Center District

The C3A Community Activity Center District is established to provide for the development of major urban activity and entertainment centers with neighborhood scale retail sales and services. In addition to entertainment and commercial uses, residential uses, institutional and public uses, parking facilities, limited production and processing and public services and utilities are allowed.

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C4/General Commercial District

The C4 General Commercial District is established to provide for a wide range of commercial development allowing a mix of retail, business services and limited industrial uses. In addition to these uses, residential uses, institutional and public uses, parking facilities, and public services and utilities are allowed.

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I1/Light Industrial District

The I1 Light Industrial District is established to provide clean, attractive locations for low impact and technology-based light industrial uses, research and development, and similar uses which produce little or no noise, odor, vibration, glare or other objectionable influences, and have little or no adverse effect on surrounding properties.

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R2B/Two Family District

The R2B Two-family District is established to provide for an environment of predominantly low density, single and two-family dwellings and cluster developments. In addition to residential uses, institutional and public uses and public services and utilities may be allowed.

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OR3/Institutional Office Residential District

The OR3 Institutional Office Residence District is established to provide a mixed use environment of very high density dwellings, large office uses, and major institutions, with additional small scale retail sales and services uses designed to serve the immediate surroundings. This district may serve freestanding institutions and employment centers or as a transition between downtown and surrounding moderate to low density residential neighborhoods.

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PO/Pedestrian Orientated Overlay District

The PO Pedestrian Overlay district is established to preserve and encourage the pedestrian character of commercial areas and to promote street life and activity by regulating building orientation and design and accessory parking facilities, and by prohibiting certain high impact and automobile-oriented uses.
  • Drive-through facilities.
  • Automobile services uses.
  • Transportation uses.
View full definition at: Municode

As noted in the introduction, please review the additional overlay rules for Nicollet-Franklin Area

OR2/High Density Office Residence District

The OR2 High Density Office Residence District is established to provide a mixed use environment of moderate to high density dwellings and large office uses, with additional small scale retail sales and services uses designed to serve the immediate surroundings. This district may serve as a transition between downtown and surrounding moderate to low density residential neighborhoods.

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