RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PLANNED FOR PROSPECT PARK

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Looking for housing within Prospect Park? We've got news for you in the form of another project being planned for the ever-growing neighborhood.

Located at 2813 4th Street SE, 4th Street Lofts will be located on a site that is currently a parking lot on the corner of the Green Line's Prospect Park station. The new 6 story building would include 169 residential units, the majority of which would be studios, along with one and two bedroom units.

Now, let's get specific when it comes to those units. This project is unique as so many of the units are studios, typically that style of unit would only be a small portion of the units within the overall project. The developer feels that these units are perfectly suited for the neighborhood as a large amount of its population is college students, many of which are looking for their own place. The 107 micro-units would average about 390 square feet. 

In addition to those studios there would 36 one bedrooms and 26 two bedrooms located within the building. 40 parking spaces and 144 bike storage spaces would be located on one level of underground parking within the building.

THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

An aerial showing other development projects happening within the area (The 4th Street Lofts project is located in the upper left corner).

An aerial showing other development projects happening within the area (The 4th Street Lofts project is located in the upper left corner).

Designed by Minneapolis based architectural firm ESG, the ground floor of the property would include over 7,100 square feet of residential amenities. Among those amenities would be a large lobby, clubroom, and fitness center. Those amenities wouldn't be the only thing located on the ground floor, there'd also be 11 residential units, mostly studios.

Floors 2-6 would include additional residential units with a mix studios, 1 bedroom units, and two bedroom units. The sixth floor would include a clubroom with a large outdoor deck and views of the Downtown Minneapolis skyline.

With the building being a L shape, the ground floor would also feature a large outdoor lawn area behind the building with lounge space and an outdoor parking area for 23 bikes.

The building would be clad in brick on the ground floor with the upper levels of the project being clad in white stucco with accents of wood composite and metal panels.

Previously this project received feedback from the City of Minneapolis' Planning Commission on June 28th, 2017, it has since been revised taking that feedback into consideration. It will go before that same committee at their February 20th meeting this month for approval.

 

THEATER EXPANSION PLANNED FOR NORTH MINNEAPOLIS

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A performing arts center in North Minneapolis is set to nearly double in size.

The Capri Theater filed documents with the city in December for an expansion of their current building located at 2027 West Broadway in North Minneapolis. The expansion would be constructed on an adjacent parking lot owned by the City of Minneapolis.

THE DESIGN

Currently the Capri Theater covers 13,000 square feet of space on two levels in a building that was constructed in the early 19th century. The expansion would see the addition of 19,000 square feet of space bringing the total square footage for the theater to 32,000 square feet.

On the ground floor of the new building would be a multi-purpose community hall and additional support space for the current theater. On the second floor would be rehearsal space and classroom space. In addition there would be a space for a teen tech center sponsored by Best Buy.

THE CONSTRUCTION

The exterior facade of the expansion would be clad in "glass, brick, natural stone, and an aluminum composite material" according to city documents.

Now what happens to the older Capri Theater? Not much except moving the marquee and main entrance of the theater to be more centered within the finished building and older theater.

In addition to the theater expansion and renovation, the project will include an outdoor plaza along West Broadway.

 

 

 

 

HISTORIC MIXED-USE PROJECT PLANNED FOR NORTH LOOP

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A new project is set to change the look, feel, and shopping scene in the North Loop.

Passed in a unanimous vote this week by the Minneapolis Planning Commission, the project will see the restoration, redevelopment, and new construction of a number of buildings within a city block.

The Commutator Foundry Development will be located at 121 and 125 N 1st Street, next door to Aria and behind another large mixed-use project. The mixed-use project will include 19,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and 5 stories of office space above. 

The current state of the buildings that will be restored, the Roe Wolfe building is not pictured.

The current state of the buildings that will be restored, the Roe Wolfe building is not pictured.

The project will see the restoration of the existing Commutator Hotel, the adjacent Foundry Building, and a one story historic facade found at the back of the site located at 121 N 1st Street.

An interior courtyard will run through the south end of the site, it will be both landscaped and hardscaped for use by the general public and commercial tenants on the ground floor. Two levels of underground parking with a total of 54 spaces will be accessible through the alley adjacent to the courtyard.

That back historic facade is what is going to be one of the extremely interesting pieces of this project. In order to build the underground parking levels, the building will be stabilized structurally and moved off site temporarily. Once those lower levels are completed the facade will be moved back to its original location.

The Commutator Foundry Development (highlighted) and the adjacent new mixed-use development.

The Commutator Foundry Development (highlighted) and the adjacent new mixed-use development.

A WHOLE LOT OF RETAIL

A month ago we reported of a project next door to this site that will include 22,000 square feet of retail space that could potentially be home to five retail spaces, one of which might just be West Elm.

The Commutator Foundry Development will see the addition of 19,000 square feet more of retail space added to the block, the project ultimately could be home to eight different retailers. Two of those retailers would be accessed from the back side of the building from within the interior courtyard, the rest of the retail spaces would have access from both the streetscape and interior of the building.

Now, if we look at this project and the neighboring project put together, we are looking at 41,000 square feet of new retail space and space that could be home to potentially 13 different retailers.

That is a whole lot of retail space for the North Loop and something that could really change the shopping and dining scene within the neighborhood as ground floor commercial space has become increasingly limited in the recent years.

No retailers or companies have been announced for the project yet.

THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

While the historic Commutator Hotel and Roe Wolfe buildings will be renovated to nearly their  original forms, the new mixed-use structures will have a much more modern look as designed by Snow Kreilich Architects, a look that still fits perfectly into the neighborhood.

The existing 1 story building and 3 story Commutator Hotel facades will be cleaned, repaired, and patched to match the existing brick. All windows will be removed and stored offsite where they will be repaired and prepped to be replaced in their original locations. 

The exteriors of the new buildings will be clad in a light custom masonry. Floor to ceiling windows will be found on the ground floor while the upper floors will feature aluminum windows.

Construction will begin this summer and will take one year to complete with an expected completion in Mid 2019.

 

31 STORY SKYSCRAPER PLANNED FOR DOWNTOWN WEST

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The Hotel Ivy might soon be getting a new neighbor, one that might take a bit of its spotlight away.

Local real estate developer, Alatus, is planning a 31 story mixed-use building at 228 S 12th Street, a site that is directly next door to the Hotel Ivy. 

Previously the site was home to a church built in the 1950's that has sat vacant since 2006. Alatus would demolish that structure along with the adjacent parking lot, both of which have already been approved by the Heritage Preservation Commission.

The close proximity to Downtown businesses, such as the Target Headquarters, make this site an excellent location for residential units. The project would include 360 residential units (most likely apartments) that would be found within floors 3-29 along with 8,769 sqf of retail and restaurant space on the ground floor, and 4,800 sqf of office space on the second floor.

THE DESIGN

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The ground floor would include a large auto-court, bike storage, residential lobby and offices, and two retail spaces. On the first floor at the corner of 2nd Avenue S and 12th Street S would be a 5,031 sqf retail space. On the opposite corner at 3rd Avenue S and 12th Street S there would be another commercial space of 3,738 sqf of space. Both are perfect sites for a restaurant, something that the area is currently lacking and something that attendees to the convention center (which is across the street) often complain about.

The 380 residential units within the building would be a mix of studio/alcove units, 1-bedroom units, 1-bedroom plus den units, 2-bedroom units, 2-bedroom plus den units, and 3-bedroom+ units. Developers hope to provide accommodations for all types of lifestyles.

Floors 26-29 will hold larger penthouse units, the details of those exact units have yet to be revealed.

Amenities for residents will include "a pet spa, a hotel-like lobby/leasing center and Wi-Fi coffee lounge, fitness center, yoga studio, club room and resort-style courtyard" according to the documents filed with the city. The building will offer its residents on-site management, indoor parking, and private storage lockers.

The seventh floor will also feature an outdoor deck that will have a number of amenities for residents and perfect views of the downtown skyline.

An ample amount of parking will be included within the project for both residents and public use. 580 stalls, all enclosed within the building, will be located on one underground and six above levels.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Constructed with post-tensioned concrete, the building will feature a modern and contemporary design. Standing 407 feet tall at the roof line, one unique element will stand out; a back-lit frosted glass panel and decorative light feature at the top along with a LED color changing spire that would reach from the ground floor all the way to 108 feet above the roofline. The final building height would clock in at 515 feet tall. To put that in context, the neighboring Hotel Ivy is 26 stories and stands 301 feet tall.

The design of the facade of the building would include expansive windows that would allow ample natural daylight into the residential units. The exterior would be clad in pre-cast concrete, metal panels, and high-pressure laminated panels and glass. Outdoor recessed balconies will be found within many of the residential units layouts.

One element that we love about the construction of the building is that the fact that a long portion of the ground facade is recessed back from the first two floors, allowing the upper floors of the building, beginning at the third level, to jut out. The exposed columns within this area will be covered with a polished black granite.

A number of ground floor improvements will be made to the streetscape such as extensive landscaping along with an artistic sculpture within an outdoor plaza at the corner of 3rd Avenue S and 12th Street S.

We're keeping our fingers crossed that this one sails through as we think it's a phenomenal project. Way to go on the design, ESG!

This project will head to the Minneapolis Planning Commission's Committee of the Whole at their February 8th meeting.

 

FOOD HALL PLANNED FOR NORTH LOOP

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Food Halls are all the rage right now... North Loop is all the rage right now. Sounds like a perfect match? One company thinks so.

A long vacant site at the corner of 5th Avenue N and 4th Street N (next to Modist Brewing) could soon be home to a 17,236 sqf two story commercial building that would be the home of Graze | Provisions & Libations.

Now, the text within the planning document is so good at describing this place that we are not even going to take our chances in re-describing it to you. Just take a moment to read the text below on what Graze is meant to.

The entire space will be vibrant and tell a story within and outside of its four walls. Casual, dining, alive --- all words that describe the venue itself. Walk in, and grab a cup of coffee. Get some work done in the café/lounge area. Grab a bite to eat at lunch or after work in the communal dining areas. Head upstairs for the ambiance and beverages. Head outside to the green space on warmer days --- play and escape. All of this in one space with prominent music and artistic influences throughout the design of the space ... a food & beverage venue local Minnesotans will be proud to call theirs.

Gave you goose bumps, right?

THE DESIGN

The two story food hall would include "several, local chef-driven concepts" showcasing cuisine from some of the best chefs in Minnesota. Each level would have a full bar, the ground floor bar would even be accessible from the outside during the warmer months. That means you'll never have to leave the outdoor patio in order to get a drink.

On the ground floor there would be four kitchens, a cafe serving coffee and pastries (which would be accessible from both the interior and exterior via a window), a full bar, and restrooms. The second floor would include two additional kitchens, another full bar, restrooms, storage, and offices.

From within the building visitors will be able to dine within any of the indoor areas that features seating arrangements from intimate to communal. If you'd like to dine outside, a ground floor patio located to the left of the building next to an outdoor plaza that serves the adjacent Bookman Stacks residential building will be available. On the second floor of the building there will be a large, and we mean large is it totals over 3,000 sqf , patio with seating and beautiful views of the downtown skyline.

In addition to the patios, the ground floor will feature a large outdoor plaza with ample outdoor dining space, seating areas, and even a landscaped area that will be set up in an amphitheater style. 

THE CONSTRUCTION

Designed by ESG, the structure of the building would be created using two levels of steel-framing and be clad in brick, wood, cement board, metal panels, and glass.

Now before you begin the chant that something more dense, something taller, and something more residential should go in this space, let's keep in mind a few things. The current design for the building is 30' tall and there's a good reason for that. There's actually a 40' height restriction for this plot of land making a third level nearly impossible.

There's also quite a bit going on underneath the site at the moment making an underground garage, which would be necessary for anything residential, nearly impossible.

This project will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission's Committee of the Whole at their February 8th meeting. We'll have more information for you after that!

 

CITY APPROVES SONS OF NORWAY REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

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Ladies and gentlemen, it's moving forward. 

Located at 1455 W Lake Street near the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, the project would see the demolition of the current four story Sons of Norway office building, a large surface parking lot, 6 residential lots, and an alley way and the construction of two much larger buildings.

While the project is technically four footprints at its base, it really is only made up of two buildings as those lower masses are connected above. The mixed-use building would be seven stories tall while the residential building would be five. Together the two buildings would include 319 residential units along with 23,000 square feet of commercial space.

Now, don't image just one huge building because that's not what the developer is planning. The project is meant to look as if it is composed of multiple buildings (technically it is) which helps break up the overall mass.

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THE DESIGN

In order to break up this large project, the buildings will be split into two separate masses that will be connected by a five story glass walkway. 

23,000 square feet of commercial space will be spread throughout the project. The rounded facade on the corner of Lake Street and Humboldt Avenue S will include 16,000 square feet of new office space for the Sons of Norway. An additional 7,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space will be available for retail and restaurant use on the W Lake Street side of the building. 

One five story residential building will begin on the corner W Lake Street and will stretch down the full block of Holmes Avenue S and turn the corner at 31st Street S for about half a block. The other residential portions will flank the curved tower at the corner of Humboldt and Lake and be seven stories tall. All together there will be 319 residential units, with some of those on the Holmes side being ground floor walk up units.

Parking won't be an issue for any residents, workers, or visitors to the project as there will be one level of underground parking that spans the entire project site and includes 323 spaces.

A RARITY: PUBLIC AMENITY SPACE

What is probably one of the most unique factors of the project is that the fact that it includes SO much public amenity space, something that isn't very common with redevelopment projects these days.

Accessible via W Lake Street, area residents can visit a pocket park located between the two buildings. In that space there will be a public plaza that features winding walkways, ample seating, a fire pit and water feature, and a even public skating rank during the winter months.

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Sounds like a great place to rest your feet after a day of shopping in Uptown. 

After a few minor changes requested by the City are made developers hope to begin construction on the project this Spring with completion expected in late 2019.

700+ RESIDENTIAL UNITS PLANNED FOR WEST CALHOUN

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In the design world, things are always better in threes.

Bader Development made plans public this week for two 22 story residential towers that would be located next to their current 22 story residential tower, Calhoun Towers. In addition, two 6 story residential buildings would be constructed in future phases. 

The grand total of new residential units proposed? 739. Yeah, that's a lot of housing.

THE DETAILS

The project is proposed at 3430 List Place, a site that currently is home to a surface parking lot behind a large retail development that includes Whole Foods off of Excelsior Blvd in the West Calhoun neighborhood. 

The original residential building, Calhoun Towers, is a 21 story building that was constructed in 1962 and is currently home to 113 residential units.  

The proposed plan would be developed in four different phases with the first phase being a 22 story residential tower would be home to 242 residential units. The second phase would be a mirrored version of the first building and be home to 258 residential units. 

During the third phase a 6 story building would be constructed on the northern end of the site and would include 124 units. The final phase of the project would be located on the southern end of the site and would include a 6 story residential building with 115 units.

And there you've got it, 739 new residential units.

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AMENITIES FOR DAYS

With the building of Phase 1 and Phase 2, two amenity decks would be created on the ground floor of the project. Adjacent to the original Calhoun Towers a pocket park, courtyard, and auto court would be modified/created with phase 3 surrounding this area . The final phase of the project would include an outdoor pool.

Now, these are just the amenities that are on the site plan, what's including within the buildings has yet to be made public. But, if this is what's on the outside... we can only imagine what's on the inside. 

This project went before the City of Minneapolis' Planning Commission Committee of the Whole last Thursday.

We'll be sure to provide an update on the decision and recommendations of the committee right here on our website when they are made public. 

10 STORY SENIOR LIVING PROJECT PLANNED FOR PROSPECT PARK

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Another mixed-use project is being planned for the Prospect Park neighborhood, this time around it won't be student housing, but rather Senior Living units.

Located at 22 Malcolm Avenue SE, "Prospect Park Senior Living" will be constructed on a site that is currently home to a day care center, industrial building, and multiple surface parking lots. The building itself will feature three varying building heights going from four stories, to six, and at its highest point, standing ten stories tall. The project will be home to 283 senior living residential units and 8,700 square feet of retail.

6,634 square feet of that retail space would be found within the four story section of the building fronting University Avenue and would be home to a child care center. Most likely the day care space will be home to Children's Village Montessori Day Care as their current home will be torn down in order to make way for the new project.

Another retail space of 2,144 square feet will be located at the back left corner of the building on the corner of 30th Avenue SE and 4th Street SE. Perfect home for a Starbuck's?

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SENIOR LIVING

This project will serve an underdeveloped area within the housing market; the senior citizen sector. All 283 residential units within the building will be devoted to senior citizen living, however not all them will be the same format or living situation.

In the six story section of the building that will front 4th Avenue SE (at the backside of the lot) there will be 118 individual living units. These units will be more like a traditional apartment, however they will still have access to the medical care and 24 hour monitoring that the other units within the project will have access to.

The 10 story section of the building, which will front Malcolm Avenue SE on the East side of the site, will be home to a total 177 additional residential units.

54 of those residential units will be Memory Care units and will be home to senior citizens with memory loss diseases such as Alzheimer's. The remaining 123 units will be Assisted Living units and will be home to senior citizens who need care and aid with everyday tasks.

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AN EXPLOSION OF GROWTH

This project is just the latest to surface in an area that is seeing an explosion of growth. 

Next door, The Link, will open in May. That project will offer over 325 residential units aimed at working professionals and students, along with 41,000 square feet of retail space. About 30,000 square feet of that space is already spoken for and will be home to a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market which will open this summer.

Behind that project another residential project, The Green on Fourth, is planned. That project will bring a six story residential building with 243 residential units. To its left, 4th Street Lofts is being planned, which will be another 6 story residential building that will be home to 163 units. If you go to the right side of the The Green on Fourth, ANOTHER residential building is being planned that will be 5 stories tall and be home to 70 residential units.

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To top it all off, the area behind all of these projects is also undergoing a redevelopment.

Malcolm Yards Market, a new food hall, is expected to open sometime this year in a historic building that is being restored and expanded. In addition, Midwest Climbing will be opening a new climbing facility in the area in a few years.

Lastly, a developer has recently proposed an additional mixed-use project off of Malcolm Avenue SE that would include over 50,000 square feet of retail space along with residential units and potentially office space. Do we really need to say it? This area is BOOMING.

If you're curious to see where all the projects mentioned above are located, take a look at our Development Map. It's packed with information and images.

Prospect Park Senior Living is expected to be completed in early 2019.

A WHOLE LOT OF NEW RETAIL SPACE IS COMING TO THE NORTH LOOP

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Work has begun on a new mixed-use project, part of a larger mixed-use project, in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood that will eventually bring 40,000 square feet of new retail space to the neighborhood.

Located at 128 Second Street N, the site of what was recently a block wide parking lot, the new six story building will consist of not only retail space, but also apartments on the upper floors. 

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THE NEXT SPOT FOR YOUR RETAIL OBSESSION

If you like to shop or eat, this place will most likely have you covered in the future.

On the ground floor of the building there will be five retail spaces totaling 22,670 sqf of space which is a little more than the amount of retail space found in the neighboring 222 Hennepin mixed-use project (which is home to Whole Foods).

One of the ground floor retail spaces is shown as a rather large space anchoring the corner of Second Street N and First Avenue N. Could that space be the future home of West Elm

While West Elm will be constructing a hotel down the block, the company specifically stated that the store would not be located within the hotel, but rather within close proximity to the hotel.

Now, we're not one to start rumors, however the amount of space included in that one retail space looks, along with it's neighboring retail space, to be around 12,000-15,000 square feet. News broke last year that West Elm is planning a location in the North Loop and if our research proves to be correct, the average West Elm location looks to be about 13,300 square feet... making this space a perfect candidate.

UNIQUE DESIGN

The overall design of the building, which was created by Snow Kreilich Architects, features a few unique things.

The first is a a central courtyard that serves as a unique entry point for the two underground parking levels that will hold 182 parking spaces. It will eventually tie into the courtyard of the other commercial project being built on this block. The courtyard will add another active use on the ground floor of the building, something that will be a perfect fit for the North Loop.

The exterior of the project will be entirely cladded in a dark grey brick. What will be unique about this cladding is the formations in which the brick will be run over the facade. In addition, the use brick for an entire cladding of a building will make this project fit right in to the history of the North Loop.

Another design aspect that is different for this building compared to others recently constructed in the neighborhood is that it will include inset balconies. This means that the entire front of the building will be on one seamless plane without anything architectural details jutting out besides the canopies of the retail spaces found on the ground floor.

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RESIDENTIAL ASPECT

In addition to the ground floor retail, the project will also be home to 156 apartments on floors two through six including studios, 1 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom apartments, and a few two story lofts overlooking the shared courtyard.

Residential amenities will include multiple outdoor spaces, a fitness center, ground floor lobby, and more.

The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2019.

SEPHORA OPENING UPTOWN LOCATION

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Sephora will open their first Minneapolis location in the heart of Uptown come Spring 2018.

The new store will be located at Calhoun Square at 3001 Hennepin Avenue in a space that formerly housed an AT&T location. The ground floor retail space covers 4,411 square feet and has access from both the interior and exterior.

This marks a major land for Calhoun Square.

While the center underwent a renovation and relocation of its main entrance a few years ago when it was acquired by Ackerberg Group, it has still struggled to retain tenants within prime retail spaces on the corner of Hennepin and Lake Street along with some interior spaces.

However, recently the center seems to have struck gold, not only landing Sephora, but also Fig + Farro, a new restaurant that will open in January on the ground floor in the former Parella space. The center also became the new home for Roat Osha which took over the space on the second floor that was formerly home to Chang Mai Thai. 

While Sephora may be new to the neighborhood, it won't be the only beauty retailer that has set up shop. MAC has had a location for a number of years across the street at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, while the Urban Outfitters and Victoria's Secret locations directly across the street also carry beauty products.

Sephora currently has four freestanding locations within the Twin Cities, however there are 10 more locations found within various JCPenney locations in the metro.

Sephora plans to open in Spring 2018 at 3001 Hennepin Avenue in Calhoun Square.

225 APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR NORTH LOOP

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The housing supply continues to increase in the North Loop, this time around it's Opus Group that is bringing forward plans for 225 apartments.

The project is planned for the corner of Plymouth Avenue N and W River Parkway where currently there is a large plot of land that is owned by the Star Tribune. If Opus' plan gets approved by the City of Minneapolis, that land may soon sprout a 6 story apartment building.

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Designed by ESG, the six story residential building would be home to 225 apartment units ranging from 465 to 1139 square feet and would also include 270 enclosed parking stalls on two floors of lower level parking. The overall design of the building would follow an "E" shaped layout with large outdoor terraces on the ground floor, one being a "passive" terrace and the other an "active" terrace.

In addition to those two ground floor terraces, the building would also feature an indoor pool, a large fitness center, clubroom, and expansive lobby with work rooms, conference room, and more on the ground floor. On the sixth floor residents would find two private lounge rooms and an outdoor terrace with views of the North Loop, Mississippi River, and Downtown Minneapolis.

Every unit within the building would feature an outdoor amenity space of some sort, whether that be walkout terrace found on most of the ground floor and sixth floor units or a balcony for the rest of the units within the building.

The front of the building would face the Star Tribune Printing Plant and be located on a private drive. The ground floor of this side of the building would feature a number of walk-up units along with the building's entrance and the entrance to the underground parking garage.

If 800 1st Street N is approved by the City of Minneapolis, construction would most likely begin in Spring 2018.

FAIRGROUNDS COFFEE AND TEA LEASES SPACE FOR NORTH LOOP LOCATION

A new coffeehouse is coming to the North Loop, with love sent by Chicago.

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea will open a new 2,420 square foot location at 120 3rd Avenue N in a historic building that is currently undergoing a complete renovation. This will be Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea first (or second) location outside of Chicago, they currently have two locations within Chicago. Another location is also under construction in Los Angeles.

Now, Fairgrounds is not just another coffeehouse. 

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What makes Fairgrounds different than other coffee houses is that they serve products from multiple coffeehouses and breweries. Most coffeehouses stick to a single brew, typically their own.

What Fairgrounds is classified as in the coffee world is a "brewery agnostic". This means they serve brews from a number of different breweries and coffeehouses, and not just any coffeehouses, but the nations BEST coffeehouses. We're proud to say that Minneapolis' very own Spyhouse is on their list.

The new cafe will service hot and cold brews along with espresso, matcha, tea, and a unique list of elixers (fancy coffee beverages). There will also be a food menu including breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea is expected to open in Summer 2018 at 120 3rd Avenue N.

 

WORK BEGINS ON NORTHEAST'S NEWEST HIGH RISE

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The heart of Northeast, it's about to get denser... and taller.

Construction has begun on 333 Hennepin, a new 26 story residential tower being constructed by M.A. Mortenson at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 4th Street NE. The new mixed-use tower will include 282 apartments along with 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

In addition, the building will come with all those modern luxuries residents in Minneapolis are use to finding in new luxury apartment projects. A fitness room, clubroom and co-working space will be some of those amenities, residents will also have access to an outdoor roof deck that will be located on the seventh floor of the building.

While 333 Hennepin will be the next high rise to be built within the area, it won't be the last.

Nordhaus, a new mixed-use project across the street finished construction this fall and includes a 20 story residential tower... and there's already a second phase planned. In that second phase a 26 story residential building will rise, nearly identical in height to Mortenson's 333 Hennepin. A few blocks away Alatus is finishing the final preparations needed in order to begin construction on a even larger, 40 story residential building.

Word on the street is that even MORE high rises are being planned for the area.

333 Hennepin is expected to be completed in 2019.

NEW TAPROOM CONCEPT TO OPEN IN NORTH LOOP

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The North Loop just keeps getting cooler and better by the day. 

Not only is it a collection of historic buildings, mixed with new buildings that seem to be rising on each corner. The neighborhood is home to tons of great shops, restaurants, bars, and breweries and this spring a new taproom is coming to the neighborhood that will be the first of it's kind in Minnesota.

First Draft Taproom and Kitchen will open in April at Variant, a new 6 story residential building at the corner of 6th Avenue N and 4th Street N not far from Target Field. The new bar and kitchen will take up 4,500 square feet of corner retail space on the ground floor of the building, leaving about 10,000 square feet of additional retail and restaurant space.

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What sets First Draft apart from other taprooms, and let's be honest, they're going to have some competition as the area is home to a number, is that fact that it is self-serve. Now, it's not just a free for all so don't get too excited, here's how it works.

When customers enter First Draft they will receive a card, at the back of the space will be 40-50 taps serving craft beer, wine, cider, coffee and kombucha. Customers tap their card on their desired beverage and then are able to dispense as much as they like of it, as small as an ounce and as large as a full glass. It's a great way to taste test and discover something new... or maybe figure out what you don't like before you order a whole glass of it.

If this sounds daunting, don't worry, there will be designated employees to help you work the system (which will be the coveted iPour self-dispensing system) or to give you recommendations. In addition, there will be a menu with small places, sandwiches, salads, and more.

First Draft Taproom and Kitchen will open in April 2018 at 324 6th Avenue N.

DETAILS BEGIN TO EMERGE ON "THE DAYTON'S PROJECT"

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THE DAYTON'S PROJECT

There's a plan in store for the former Macy's flagship space located in Downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. Images of the planned project leaked a few weeks ago and now the developer, New York based 601W, plans to make those plans public tomorrow.

An article published by the Star Tribune Saturday evening gives a glimpse into what 601W and architecture firm, Gensler, have drafted up for the massive 1.3 million square feet of space. The redevelopment of the building will be spread across 12 different floors and will be located in three different buildings, the total of amount of space being just slightly less than the 57 story IDS Center across the street.


WHAT'S IN STORE

Plans for the project show the basement level and first floor of the building being devoted to public use, with the upper floors being devoted to office space.

The basement level would contain a large entertainment venue with a bowling alley (Dave and Buster's would be a perfect fit) along with a large food hall that would have space for over 20 vendors, some of which would rotate every few months, and a large retail space.

The ground floor is nearly entirely devoted to retail space with a few spaces for food and beverage service. A large retail space will anchor the corner of Nicollet Mall and Seventh Street and will be combinable with the retail space directly below on the basement level.

The upper levels would contain office space with single floors allowing for up to 90,000 square feet of continuous space, something that is rarely heard of in the office marketplace.

Amenity space will also be found on the upper levels of the building that will be available for use by the office tenants within the building. These spaces would include an outdoor rooftop park, a library, a nearly 10,000 square foot fitness center with locker rooms and showers, and more.


A DESTINATION FOR DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

Developers want to make The Dayton's Project a destination for Downtown Minneapolis.

They hope to bring people in not only by bringing in notable restaurants and retailers, but by also having the first food hall for Downtown Minneapolis, a trend that is sweeping the countries largest cities like New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, by storm.

In addition, there is a strong desire to keep the over century long life of the building alive. 601W plans salvage and preserve as much as possible of the most important and iconic pieces from the building's glory days as the Dayton's Department Store. In addition, the name itself of the project will help that legacy live on.

Plans for some of those iconic pieces, such the famous Oak Room, have yet to be solidified. The developers and architects for the project are working on multiple scenarios for that particular space, some of which would allow the Oak Room to be accessed by the public in its current location, others potentially deconstructing and reconstructing the room within a different space within the building. 

If all goes according to plan, The Dayton's Project's transformation from a vacant retail store to a vibrant downtown marketplace and destination could be complete by 2019.


CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON "THE ELLIOT PARK HOTEL"

Construction will begin this month on a new 8 story, 168 room hotel in Downtown Minneapolis.

The Elliot Park Hotel, will be part of Kraus Anderson's new mixed-used development located between S 8th Street and 9th Street along Fifth Avenue S. The redevelopment of the former Kraus Anderson headquarters includes a new five story headquarters for Kraus Anderson along with a 17 story residential building called "H.Q." and a 4 story Finnegan's Micro-Brewery. 

The Autograph Collection, a group of independently owned and operated high profile hotels under the Marriott flag, was created in 2010 and includes 102 different hotel properties around the world. One of those properties being The Hotel Minneapolis, which opened in 2008 and includes 222 rooms.

THE DETAILS

While the exact images on what The Elliot Park Hotel will look like inside have yet to be released, we do know a few details. The hotel will be uniquely designed and will be constructed with high end materials that reflect the surrounding community. 

The hotel will include a fireside lounge along with a library, event space, meeting rooms, and of course a fitness center for those health buffs who don't want to slack while on a business trip or vacation. The exterior of the building will be wrapped in brick and include large windows along with a largely transparent first floor.

The main entrance will be located off of 5th Avenue S while there will be an additional drop off location in the courtyard connecting the hotel to the brewery.

On the ground floor of the hotel will be a restaurant called "Tavola" which will specialize in farm-to-table Italian cuisine. There also will be a private dining room located within the restaurant for special events and dinners.

Coury Hospitality will operate The Elliott Park Hotel. "Their hotel portfolio includes four Ambassador Hotels under the Autograph Hotel Collection and one independently branded hotel." The company also has five additional Autograph Collection hotels either planned or under construction.

Construction is expected to be complete in Summer 2018 with the opening of The Elliott Park Hotel occurring in late Summer 2018.


 

INTRODUCING AN ENTIRELY NEW DEVELOPMENT MAP

The time is here, and we couldn't be more thrilled.

We're so excited to debut our new development map (which you can view here). We've been working hard for the last couple of months to make changes and enhancements that will make our map more informative than ever.

You'll now find more information than ever within our map. When clicking on an icon detailed information regarding the location, type of project, square footages, and construction dates are all included along with an image of the project itself. 

The icons displayed across the map show leases that have been solidified within projects. The outlines represent the projects themselves. Feel free to click on the colored space to know more about the entire project, or if you desire, click on the icon to learn more about a specific part of that project.

The colors displayed across the map correspond to the status of the project. Grey means it's planned, blue means it's under construction, and green? It's ready for you to enjoy NOW.

We will continuously be updating our map with new projects along with updates regarding the status for the current projects on the map. Are we missing a development? Is a status not correct? Missing some additional information? Let us know by contacting us here.

And last be not least, let us know what you think. We're always listening and ready to make the features within our website the best they can possibly be. We hope you enjoy our new development map!

-The Writers

 

PINBALL BAR OPENING IN SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS

The owners of the wildly popular Nightingale restaurant on Lyndale Avenue have decided to focus on a new endeavor; Pinball. Well, Pinball and more drinks.

The husband and wife duo, Jasha Johnston and Carrie McCabe-Johnston, will open Tilt on the ground floor of the recently completed Chroma Apartments at 113 E 26th Street. That's right near Eat Street, Minneapolis' block after block of good eatin' and good drinkin'.

Eight different types of all-beef hot dogs will be served at the bar. Toppings will include house-made garnishes including items such as kimchee, kraut, caraway-beer mustard and more. There'll also be a chip and dip section with house made potato chips, hummus and pita, cheeses and additional deliciousness. 

Tilt will include a full bar serving local beers and wines. While you're sipping on your favorite brew you'll have the ability to play one of the 15-18 pinball machines planned for the bar. John Galvin from D&G Amusements in Hugo will be the one supplying the pinball games with some of them being classic throwbacks.

Tilt is scheduled to open on April 1st at 113 E. 26th Street in Uptown.

 

RENOVATIONS TO BRING NEW OFFICE AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDING TO NORTH MINNEAPOLIS

An entire city block would be made new according to plans that will be presented to the City of Minneapolis' Planning Commission this week.  

The unique project proposed at 212 James Avenue N would make a run down warehouse into a brand new and unique office building. There's also plans for a six story, 150 unit apartment building that will be constructed on the northern half of the block where today a concrete cald warehouse stands. That building would be demolished to make way for the new residentiaul structure.


Current Warehouse on site | Minneapolis Planning Commission

THE OFFICE COMPONENT

The Leef, which is what the office component of this project will be called, will be a 2 story, 50,000 square foot commercial building.The targeted users of the building are large technology or design businesses. Developers estimate that in the future the businesses within the building could employ 200 or more individuals.

Designed by Twin Cities based Collage Architects, the project will take on a modern industrial vibe with large uses of exposed brick, metals, and other industrial components. An central atirum will divide the office building into two sections with the entrance being found on Currie Avenue W. 

The roof of the The Leef project will have two decks, one for the building and another that is for private tenant use. The top floor will also feature a glass enclosed meeting space for the building.

Overall the project is similar to The Broadway building in Northeast Minneapolis. That projectwas developed by First & First and is home to a number of local businesses including both office and retail along with the 612 Brewery on the ground floor. The Leef might just be The Broadway's distant cousin transplanted in North Minneapolis.


THE RESIDENTIAL COMPONENT

On the North side of the site a large portion an exisiting warehouse would be demolished and in its place a six story residential building would rise.

The building would be developed by Artspace, a national leader in developing live/work housing for artists and their families and would include a mixture of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. Parking would be included on both an underground level and the ground floor. On the ground floor one will also find the building's community room along with a studios and one bedrooms. Floors one through five would hold strictly residential units.

This residential building would provide new housing in area that really hasn't been hit by the construction boom that much of Minneapolis has experienced in the last five years. While this may be the first development for this area it likely will not be the last as there is adequate land in the surrounding for similar projects to be developed in the future.

The Leef development will go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at tomorrow's meeting. If approved construction could begin this Summer with an anticipated completion in late 2018.


 

 

 

HOUSING PLANNED NEAR UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Another housing option will soon rise near the University of Minnesota. This time in an area where the housing boom as yet to grasp.

Dubbed the Erie Street Apartments, the building would stand four stories tall and include 48 apartment units. Units in the building would largely be 1 bedroom units with the 2 corners of each floor featuring 2 bedroom units.

The ground floor will hold a community room, an outdoor patio, and storage space for 56 bikes inside and 8 more spaces outside.  A surface parking lot at the back of the site would hold 17 parking spaces for residents within the building. 

Designed by DJR Architecture the exterior sports a modern design with with wood textures along with tones of whites, greys, and yellow spread throughout. Fiber cement board and siding along with aluminum siding will all be used on the facade. 

The building would be constructed on five abutting parcels of land that currently have homes on them and includes 625, 629, 631, 635 and 637 Erie Street with all parcels lying on the Eastern side of the street.

Developers of the project are looking to attract students who are in search for an apartment near campus and those students who are looking for their first apartment on their own.

This project will go before the City of Minneapolis' Planning Commission on January 12th. If approved construction could begin as soon as Spring with a completion in Spring 2018.