Edina struggles with the ‘d-word’ — density

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The Estelle was going to be like nothing Edina had seen before, a $250 million project with two towers — 26 stories and 22 stories, respectively — at 69th and France, across the street from the Galleria, the region’s most upscale shopping mall.The city’s first condo project in a decade, it offered 170 units and had a waiting list of about 150 “very interested” potential owners, according to its developer, Luigi Bernardi, president of Edina-based Arcadia LLC. The project was designed to appeal to Edina empty-nesters who wanted to stay in the city but didn’t have other appealing options. It also was designed to appeal to the general public: The Estelle included pedestrian-friendly design elements at the ground level with “walkable tree-lined...

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Edina struggles with the ‘d-word’ — density

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