A vacant parking lot in the North Loop could soon be redeveloped into a ten-story condo building.

Located at 100 N 3rd Avenue and just steps from some of the North Loop’s best shopping, TMBR would stand 119’ tall and feature residential space, commercial space and underground parking.

Plans show the ground floor of the building being split between private residential amenity space and public retail space with the upper floors being devoted to 84 condos.  

Residents within TMBR would have access to a large lobby located off of N 3rd Avenue along with a fitness center, mail room and bike room. Units within the building would range in size and include one, two and three-bedroom units. A number of units within the building would also have access to large, and we mean large, private recessed balconies. 114 parking spaces would be located on three underground levels within the building along with a small recessed surface lot. Access would be provided by an existing curb cut along N 3rd Avenue.

Dwyer Oglesbay is the architect behind the design of TMBR which will be clad in glass and terra cotta. Downtown Resource Group (DRG) has been brought on to sell the condominium units within the building.


Six different retail spaces covering 5,000 square feet would line N 3rd Avenue. The goal is for the retail space to become home to shops that will help strengthen the North Loop’s already vibrant shopping scene and also a newly vibrant block.

Just last year Paster Properties completed the restoration of a historic commercial building with ground floor retail space next door to the site that TMBR would be constructed on. The building is now home to Chicago-based Fairgrounds Craft Coffee and Tea and next month will also become home to a Lululemon location. An additional, unannounced, retailer has also signed a lease for space within the building.

TMBR will be presented for feedback to the Historical Preservation Committee today, March 19th, at 4:30pm.



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New plans have been revealed for a proposed residential tower just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Ryan Companies has been working since 2014 on plans for a new tower that would rise on a small plot of land next to the Mills Fleet Farm parking ramp. When the ramp was constructed there were always intentions to also build a tower of some sort, whether that tower would be a hotel, office, or residential space was the question.

In 2018 Ryan Companies released plans for a residential tower that would be constructed on the site located at 710 S 4th Street. At the time a 25-story building was planned that would have included 245 apartments. One of the downfalls of that proposal was that there was no retail space planned within the project which many felt was a huge miss due to the site’s proximity to U.S. Bank Stadium.


New plans for a 305’ 24-story building will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission at their next meeting. With the new proposal more apartment units have been added to the development along with a small amount of retail space on the ground floor.  

In total, the building would house 342 apartments on floors 2-23 ranging in size from micro units to two-bedroom units. Floors 22 and 23 would also include penthouse units which are expected to feature larger square footages and upgraded finish packages. 120 parking stalls would be located on one level of underground parking and three above ground levels. 1,070 square feet of retail space would be also located on ground floor towards the middle of the building.

Residents would have access to a number of different amenities located throughout the building. The first floor would feature an expansive lobby along with a bike maintenance and electric scooter charging room, a pet spa and an outdoor pet run. Level two would feature leasing space, work space and more indoor amenity space. Level six of the building would include additional indoor amenity space along with a large outdoor amenity deck with a number of different sitting areas, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and walking trails. Last but not least, residents would have access to a top floor amenity level located on floor 24 which would include over 7,500 square feet of indoor amenity space along with a 3,400 square foot outdoor pool terrace.

Ryan Companies would develop the building and The Excelsior Group would own and manage the property once complete. Construction could begin later this year with an anticipated completion in 2021.



With one food hall under construction in the North Loop plans are already underway for another.

Pittsburgh-based Galley Group will open a new food hall at 729 Washington Avenue N on the ground floor of The Nordic. You’ve probably familiar with the ten-story commercial project as we’ve been pretty extensively covering its construction since the shovels hit the ground a little over a year ago. It’s the building that’s got that oh so perfect historic look to it.

The un-named food hall will occupy an 8,748 square foot space on the ground floor of the building fronting Washington Avenue N.

Now something we should note is that this won’t be your average food hall. Four restaurants will operate within the 200-seat space with the chefs being individuals who do not already own restaurants. In fact, you might have never even heard of them. What that also means is that you’re not going to find a spin-off of Spoon and Stable within this place. Wah wah.

What is also unique to this food hall is that the kitchens will be fully built out and furnished which will allow the chefs to focus on providing nothing else besides their good cooking. The restaurants will also rotate meaning every time you visit you might not see the same offerings as your last visit. In addition to the four restaurants there will also be a 22-seat bar and a large outdoor patio with seating for 80 facing a public plaza that will run between The Nordic and the Loose-Wiles building.

The Galley Group hopes to open their Minneapolis food hall sometime this summer. We will be sure to post an opening date on our website as soon as we hear more.




Piling driving continues at a North Loop site that will soon become home to a six-story building.

River Loop Apartments is a new residential project currently under construction at 800 W River Parkway, a 2.5-acre site on the corner of Plymouth Avenue N and W River Parkway. When complete the building will be home to 218 luxury apartments that will range in size from studios to two-bedroom units. Two levels of underground parking will include 268 parking spaces for residents of the building.

Opus Group is developer constructing the project and ESG Architecture is responsible for the design of the building. Once complete, River Loop Apartments will be managed by The Excelsior Group.

Construction on River Loop Apartments is anticipated to be complete in spring 2020.




As the first floor of concrete work nears completion, a new project within the North Loop prepares to ascend into the sky.

Second & Second is currently under construction at a site that was previously a surface parking lot at 128 N 2nd Street in the North Loop. The new mixed-use building will bring 158 apartments and 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail space to the neighborhood. Multiple levels of underground space will provide parking for both residents of the building and guests of the retail spaces.

Retail space and the residential lobby will be located on the ground floor of the building with the upper levels being home to apartments and resident amenities. A unique design element of this project is an outdoor plaza that will run centrally through the site. The “connector” will run at street level connecting N 2nd Street to what eventually will be the Foundry mixed-use project behind Second & Second.

Second & Second will sport a modern design and will stand six stories tall once complete. Snow Kreilich Architects designed the building, which will be clad in dark brick, metal accents and multiple illuminated elements. Weis Builders is the general contractor constructing the building and Colliers International is the broker marketing the retail space, which is available spaces between 1,100-14,000 square feet. 

Construction on Second & Second is anticipated to be complete in fall 2019.




Denver’s “Best Brunch and Dinner” is coming to Minneapolis.

Bacon Social House will open a 3,000 square foot restaurant at 700 S 3rd Street on the ground floor of the recently completed Canopy by Hilton hotel. The restaurant currently has one location in Denver and in 2019 is set to open two other locations in addition to the Minneapolis location, both of which will be in Colorado.

The eatery and bar has been given numerous awards and in 2018 was given “Westword’s Best of Denver” award along with Trip Advisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” and OpenTable’s “Diner’s Choice Award.”

 The menus consist of food that is prepared from scratch every day and made with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. The Brunch menu features pretty much everything one could wish for including eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, chicken & waffles and more. The dinner menu is also pretty great featuring items like shrimp n grits, burgers, Cuban sandwiches and buffalo cauliflower just to name a few.

Last but not least, Bacon Social House has two extensive drink menus for both brunch and dinner. Those menus are filled with a number of different cocktails, beer, margaritas and even mimosas that you can order by the “super carafe.”

Oh yeah, and we forgot to mention that you’ll be seeing a lot of bacon entrees scattered about the menu too. Let’s be honest, the place does have bacon in its name after all.

Bacon Social House is expected to open in May at 700 S 3rd Street.



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A mixed-use project planned within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District has seen a large design revision and that includes the removal of a 30-story tower.

Last month Doran Companies presented plans to the Heritage Preservation Commission for a large mixed-use development planned for the corner of University Avenue S and 3rd Avenue SE. Over 700 residential units would have been constructed within one six-story building and also a 30-story tower.

After concerns were raised by the HPC over the 30-story tower and the amount of materials used within the project Doran decided to revise the overall development.

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The revised plans now include two six-story buildings that would be located on the East and West sides of the site. 568 residential units would be constructed within the two buildings with the West building also including 4,300 square feet of retail space. Other revisions to the plans include changes to exterior materials and building massing in some areas.

The sizes of the apartments within both buildings would include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units with almost all featuring a private outdoor space of some sort.

Residents would have access to two massive outdoor amenity decks (one within each building) that would include pools, outdoor grilling spaces, lounge space, a pebble beach, and more. Amenities within each of the buildings would also be expansive including multiple fitness centers, game rooms, a golf simulator, a spa and more. Really, you’ve got to check the plans so you can see all that is planned.

Underground parking would be provided within each of the buildings.


Doran has made it very clear that the feedback provided on their first proposal was different than the direction previously given to the developer. A few months ago, Doran presented three massing proposals for the site and asked for feedback on which massing proposal to move forward with. The direction given at the time was to move forward with massing for six story structures and one larger tower component.

With the new plans including nearly 200 units less Doran needed to increase the density of the units on site in order to support concrete construction costs. This required the removal of a planned affordable housing building that would have been located on the East side of the site. The developer had already been working with CommonBond Communities and has since then had to discontinue their partnership.

Doran’s revised plans will be discussed at the Heritage Preservation Commission’s March 5th meeting.



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A new mixed-scale, mixed-income and urban styled housing development has been proposed for a site in Northeast Minneapolis. 

Lander Group is the developer behind the project planned for 2301 California Street NE in the Bottineau neighborhood. The 2.6-acre vacant plot of land was previously home to a large grain silo that was demolished in 2018.

Plans for the project include a mix of both rental and ownership housing. Two clusters of buildings would be constructed on site with each cluster including a two-level and four level building.

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The two low-rise buildings fronting California Street would house 24 owner occupied townhomes with the larger four-story buildings housing 110 one-bedroom rental apartments.

Parking would be included on the ground level of both apartment buildings along with a surface parking lot located on the east side of the site. The townhomes would also have access to individual garages located behind each unit or at the back of the site.

One unique aspect of this project is that the whole development is anchored by a Community Green which will run in between the two clusters of buildings. This public space will serve both the new residents of Lander Group’s community along with the existing residents in the surrounding community. The space will feature plenty of green space, a play area and a community pavilion.

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP is the architecture firm responsible for the design of the project. They’re an award-winning firm based out of San Francisco and Denver that have worked on a number of Architecture and Urban Design projects throughout the country.


80% of the apartment units within the project will be market-rate. One thing to note is that those market-rates are expected to be up to 25% lower than other recently completed market-rate properties within Minneapolis. The remaining 20% of apartments will be affordable units for those who earn 60% or less of the area median income.

The townhomes units will be marketed similarly to how the apartments are. 20 units will be market-rate while four will be affordable units for households earning 80% or less of the area median income.

Plans for 2301 California Street NE will be presented for feedback to the City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their February 28th meeting.



Renderings have been surfaced for a massive renovation of one of Minneapolis’ tallest towers.

City Center, located at 33 S Sixth Street, is set to receive a large-scale renovation that would touch both the exterior and interior of the building. Leasing documents that have surfaced show that with the renovation a potential rebranding of the mall space could occur which would tentatively be called “CC33”.

Last year City Center 33 South Property LLC bought the 51-story building for a record $320 million dollars. With the purchase announcement the new owner stated that an extensive renovation of the building was in the works with the hopes that it would attract new retail tenants to fill some of the nearly 50,000 square feet of vacant retail space within the mall area. 

The renovation would bring a new modern look to the exterior base of the building transforming today’s non-active façade into a vibrant facade. Renderings within the leasing document show wood accents and metal work cladding the exterior of the building along with two spots for what appears to be digital signage opportunities. The interior would also receive updates to its look which might even include a pop-up wine bar within the large atrium space. And let’s be honest, a wine bar is sure to be an after work hit with the thousands of employees that work in the nearly 50 stories of office space within the building.

As with all projects renderings can always change so there is a chance that as tenants are secured or as more details are solidified in regards to the renovation that these images could change.

Colliers International has been selected as the real estate company who is in charge of securing new tenants for the vacant retail space. The project is managed by Ryan Companies and was designed by DLR Group

At the moment an official construction start date has yet to be announced.




Lululemon is setting up shop in the North Loop. 

The company will open their fifth Twin Cities location this April in a 2,741 square foot space at 124 N 3rd Avenue. The historic building they will call home was recently renovated and restored by Paster Properties. Fairgrounds Craft Coffee and Tea, a popular coffeehouse from Chicago, also has a location within the building that opened on the ground floor last fall.

Lululemon will add to the ever-growing list of retailers opening within this particular area of the North Loop. National chains such as Warby Parker and Bonobos both have stores just blocks away, but it’s not just national chains setting up shop. A number of local shops have also opened within the area including Parc Boutique, HOUSER and Filigree Jewelers.



A small site in the historic Warehouse District may soon become home to a new mixed-use building. 

“310 Lofts” is proposed for a site at 310 N 2nd Street. The angular site is located directly behind two historic buildings that Paster Properties renovated and restored last year that include retail and office space and is home to Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea.

In order to construct the new mixed-use building a historic building dating back to 1883 that is currently being used as a warehouse would need to be demolished. In its place plans show a new six story building that would be constructed. The building would include 59 residential units and 1,369 square feet of commercial space.

The building would be a mix of unit sizes including studios, one bedroom, one-bedroom + den and two-bedroom units. Four indoor parking levels, including one at grade and three underground, would provide 124 parking stalls for residents.

While the building is technically six stories above ground, it’ll span a total of ten stories which includes the underground parking levels and the roof deck. That’s actually the maximum number of floors allowed for a new building within the historic Warehouse District.

Tushie Montgomery Architects is responsible for the design of the project. It’ll feature a modern look that includes large balconies, expansive windows and a good amount of brick. That brick will help tie the design of building, even if modern, in with the surrounding historic structures. The developers of the project are listed as 310 Development LLC.

Plans for 310 Lofts will be presented for feedback to the Historical Preservation Committee at their February 19th meeting.




Work is underway on a new residential building located just steps from the shores of Bde Maka Ska.

LakeHaus will be located at 3100 W. Lake Street on what was previously was the site of a four-story office building that was constructed in 1953. The new 300,000 square foot residential building will be eight stories tall and include 200 luxury apartments. Units within the building will range in size and include studios, one-bedroom units and two-bedroom units. In addition, there will be five penthouse units located on the upper levels.

Developers Brickstone Partners, Inc. and KMK Capital LLC believe LakeHaus will become one of the most luxurious new apartment communities within Minneapolis.

Residents will have access to a number of different amenities throughout the building including a state-of-the-art fitness center, hot tub, saunas, top-floor clubroom and a large outdoor terrace complete with a rooftop pool. Additional amenities will include spacious courtyards, gourmet grilling stations, a luxurious lobby with a coffee bistro, guest suites, a car share service and even a communal sailboat for the use on Bde Maka Ska.

Designed by ESG Architects, the entire building will be constructed out of concrete and will feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing stunning views of Downtown Minneapolis and the adjacent lake. Two levels on underground parking will provide a total of 373 private parking spaces.  

The development of this project has been underway since 2015 when three different proposals were created for the site. The developers wanted to work with the surrounding community as much as possible in order to provide a quality project that would contribute to the fabric of the area. The three proposals varied in size from a low rise building that took up much of the site to a skinny tower that would have left more of the site open for green space. 

LakeHaus is anticipated to be complete in 2020.



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If you’ve always wanted to live at Buzza Lofts in Uptown but couldn’t snag yourself a unit, here’s your chance.

A second phase to the successful first phase is planned for what is currently a surface parking lot at 2915 Dupont Avenue (right next door to the first phase). The new building would stand six stories tall and include 135 market-rate apartments. 

With the parking lot disappearing 268 new parking spaces would be located on two underground levels within the new building. The parking would be utilized by both residents of the new building and existing residents of the adjacent Buzza Lofts.

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BKV Group is responsible for the design of the project which would be clad in “brick, painted lap siding, metal panel, wood and glass.” The overall exterior design takes architectural cues from the historic features of the adjacent Buzza building.  

Walk-up units with patios will be located along 29th Street and each will have their own private outdoor space. Most units on the upper floors will have access to private balconies with the penthouse units on the sixth floor having access to large private terraces. Amenities within the building are all located on the first floor and include a fitness center, clubroom and a large outdoor deck complete with pool and entertaining space.

Dominium is developer behind the project and were responsible for development of the Buzza Lofts next door that opened in 2013 and include 136 affordable apartments. A major difference between the first and second phase is that the newest building will include market-rate apartments which means income restrictions will not apply.

This project will be presented at the City of Minneapolis Planning Commission’s February 11th meeting. If approved construction is anticipated to begin this year.




No, this is not just a parking ramp being built, it’s so much more.

If you’ve been by 625 4th Avenue S in Downtown Minneapolis you’ve probably noticed a mass of concrete rising. That’s because work is well-underway on a new mixed-use project that will replace a surface parking lot operated by Interstate Parking for decades

The new mixed-use building will actually wrap around and entirely conceal a new eight and a half story parking ramp. In total the ramp will have 750 parking spaces and will be managed by Interstate Parking. It’ll also be connected to Thrivent Financial’s current and future headquarters via a new skyway building. The mixed-use portion of the project will include 107 apartments ranging in size from studios to two bedrooms along with 1,608 square feet of skyway level retail space.

The exterior of the building will have a modern design and will be clad in masonry, metal panel and precast concrete. Residents of the building will have access to a large 8th floor amenity level that will include a clubroom, fitness center and large outdoor terrace.

ESG Architects is responsible for the design of the project while Reuter Walton Development and Hempel Companies are co-developing it. Construction is expected to wrap on the building in late 2019.



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A new ten story mixed-use building is proposed just blocks from Bde Maka Ska.

Located at 1711 Lake Street W, the building would be called James & Lake and would feature 3,500 square feet of ground floor retail space and 127 apartments on the upper floors.

A number of different apartment sizes would be included within the building with walk out units being located on the ground floor and a mix of studios, one and two-bedroom units being located on floors two through nine. Level 10 would feature four two-bedroom penthouse units and two three-bedroom penthouse units, all of which would have large outdoor terraces. 

Oak Management and Development are the developers proposing the project. The building is taller than the city approved height limits for the area and therefore the developers will be asking for a height variance. In order to ask for that variance they must include a certain number of affordable units within the project. 26 apartments will be deemed affordable and available to rent by individuals who make between 60-80 percent less than the area median income.

Amenities within the building will include a ground floor lobby, a fitness center, a clubroom, a large outdoor terrace, bicycle storage located on the underground parking levels along with pet friendly amenities.

UrbanWorks is responsible for the design of James & Lake. The building would be constructed using concrete instead of wood framing and would be clad in brick and metal paneling. Large expansive windows are also included in the designs with many units also having access to a private outdoor balcony.

Plans will be presented for feedback to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their Thursday, January 31st meeting. Formal applications for the project will be submitted at a later date.



Last month plans were approved by the Minneapolis Planning Commission for a mixed-use project on what is currently a surface parking lot at 501 7th Street S in Downtown Minneapolis.

Designs for the project were floated earlier in the year and now it appears that a new design has been given to the exterior in response to feedback. Plans still include a six-story building with 150 apartments and 3,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space that will become home to a restaurant. The ground floor would also include amenity space for the residents of the building along with 20 short-term surface parking spaces. One below-grade level would include 49 parking stalls. In total there will be space for 165 bikes to be stored split between the ground floor and lower parking level.

DJR Architecture is responsible for the overall design which includes an exterior clad in brick and metal. The building will include a mix of apartment sizes ranging from studios to two-bedroom units. Plans also show a roof deck that would provide views of the Downtown skyline.

Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2019.



How stunning are these newly released renderings of ALIA?

Yesterday more details were revealed about the exciting project planned for a site just across the river from Downtown at 200 Central Avenue. New details show that the $170 million condominium tower will have 214 units ranging in price from $350,000 for a one bedroom unit to more than $4 million a unit on one of the highest levels.

The building will include four levels of indoor parking along with ground floor retail space. Residential units will begin on the second floor and extend all the way up to floor 40. Residents will have access to a number of different amenity spaces spread throughout the building including a rooftop amenity deck that will feature grills, a fire pit, pool and more.

ALIA Tower was designed by Minneapolis-based ESG Architects. The building sports a modern design that features large expanses of glass and metal along with natural stone elements near the building's base. ALIA is being developed by Minneapolis-based ALATUS.

For more information on this exciting project make sure to visit their website at


CANCELLED | North Loop Affordable Housing Project


Plans to renovate one of the historic Duffy Paper buildings within the North Loop neighborhood into 200 affordable apartments have been cancelled.

Dominium has revealed that they are no longer pursuing the project at 528 N Washington Avenue. The reason? Challenges that arose while working with the City of Minneapolis.

One of the biggest reasons in particular that the project was cancelled is the fact that the city wanted the apartments to stay classified as affordable for 30 years. Dominium wanted that timespan to only last 20 years. The company cited rising operating costs for running apartment buildings along with rising income levels as reasons for concern when units remain affordable after 20 years.

While Dominium had challenges with the city there were also a number of concerns put forth by area residents. One of the greatest concerns was over the lack of retail space in the project that would have made an entire city block of the North Loop strictly residential.

This was the third proposal for the redevelopment of the Duffy Paper building since 2016. The site is ripe for redevelopment as it is one of last remaining warehouses to be developed within the North Loop area. But hey, maybe the fourth time’s a charm?




The construction boom on Washington Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis just keeps on going, and going, and going...but who's complaining? #notus

Today plan's were announced for a 17 story mixed-use project on what is currently a surface parking lot at 240 Park Avenue. The site has been owned by the Wilf family, also the owner's of the Viking's, since 2007. The Wilf family's company, Garden Communities, will be the developer for the project.


BKV Group is responsible for the design of the new building. The L shaped building will include 17 stories broken down into 6 stories of parking and 11 stories of housing with those upper floors will containing 201 market rate apartments. In addition, there will also be 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor fronting Washington Avenue.

The exterior of the project will be clad in brick with metal panel accents. The design was influenced by the neighborhood and the materials used on many of the historic buildings surrounding the site. What will be unique is the coloring of 240 Park's brick, it'll stray from the standard red brick which is commonly associated with historic structures and instead will be off-white with accents of grey brick.


Garden Communities has developed similar projects across the country. Their projects are often designed with long-term tenants in mind and are known to include larger than average units along with unique amenities such as bowling allies and movie theaters. 

While exact details about what will be included in 240 Park have yet to be revealed it has been stated that there will be amenity deck on the 6th floor along with another amenity space on the 17th floor.

240 Park will go before the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association land use committee on Aug. 6 and will be presented to the city later this year. Developers hope to break ground next in Spring 2019 with a completion set for 2021.




The Gateway Project has had another design revision, this time removing the hotel and residential components entirely.

United Properties has submitted new documents to the City of Minneapolis now showing a entirely commercial project. The revised plans show a 30 story 458’ building with the overall exterior design remaining largely unchanged.

Three levels of underground parking would include 500 spaces with an entrance off of S 3rd Street. The first two levels above ground would be devoted to 23,000 sqf of retail/restaurant space, some of that space being devoted to a bank branch for RBC. In addition, the lower two levels would also include 14,000 sqf of conference space, a 5,000 sqf fitness center, along with a lobby for the office space within the upper floors of the project.

The office part is where we are seeing a huge change from previous proposals. Now totaling 28 stories in height and 790,000 square feet in space the total office space within the project has nearly doubled. RBC would still occupy 310,000 sqf of office space, remaining the anchor tenant for the building. 


Other details about the project include skyway access (potentially in two places) and also a public plaza located at the corner of Nicollet Mall and S Washington Avenue. That plaza would be built so that in the future it could accommodate a streetcar line passing through if the city decides to moves forward with the streetcar line. 

United Properties will be responsible for the development of the overall project while Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates out of Atlanta, Georgia is responsible for the design. 

Construction is expected to begin in 2019 with a completion in 2021.