Residential

NORTH LOOP'S DUFFY PAPER BUILDING COULD BECOME HOUSING

Domimium's proposal for 528 Washington Avenue N.

One of North Loop's last remaining large warehouses may soon see new life as housing.

The Duffy Paper building (528 Washington Avenue N) is one of the last remaining undeveloped properties located on Washington Avenue in the North Loop. The massive building once housed Duffy Paper's offices and production facilities, however in 2016 the business ceased operations within the building and since then it has sat largely vacant.

Plymouth based Dominium would be responsible for the new redevelopment of the building. Dubbed "Iron Store", that project would bring 200 affordable housing units to the North Loop. The project is unique in the fact that 100 percent units would be affordable units, something that the North Loop, one of the most expensive areas to live in Minneapolis, is greatly lacking.

THE PLANS

The large seven story building located at the corner of Washington Avenue and N 6th Avenue would have it's exterior restored and the interior converted into apartments. In addition, Dominium would renovate two additional 1916 warehouses located to the right of the Duffy Paper building into apartments with the grand total for apartments in all three buildings coming in around 140.

But wait, there's more.

Dominium also has plans for the vacant parking lot at the corner of the site at the intersection of Washington Avenue and N 5th Avenue. Plans for that site would include a new residential building that would also house affordable apartment units, about 60 in total, along with underground parking.

Dominium hopes to begin construction on the project in 2019 with an anticipated completion in 2021.

ABOUT DOMINIUM

Based out of Plymouth, MN, Dominium "is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative affordable housing development and management companies." They're no stranger to developing housing and affordable housing is one of their specialties. To top it off, they're skilled in restoring and reconfiguring historic buildings.

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A-Mill Artist Lofts

Take for example the A-Mill Artist Lofts, one of Dominium's projects that is within the historic Pillsbury mills located along the Mississippi River. Dominium converted that massive building and a few surrounding buildings from run down warehouses into a thriving artist community of 251 lofts. Best part? 100% of the units are affordable. The total project cost came in around $175,000,000, a huge investment for the neighborhood.

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Schmidt Artist Lofts

Another prime example of Dominium's expertise is the Schmidt Brewery. Completed in 2014, Dominium took that run down site and brought it back to it's former glory, converting the brewery into 247 loft apartments and 13 townhomes. The total investment? $130,000,000.

Those are just two local examples of Dominiums commitment to developing affordable housing. We can't wait to see what magic they work on the Duffy Paper building. 

 

800 WASHINGTON AVE S PROPOSALS REVEALED

Sherman's most recent proposal for a mixed-use project at 800 Washington Avenue S.

Round two. Here we go.

The City of Minneapolis issued a RFP (request for proposals) for a 0.56 acre site located at 800 Washington Avenue S back in April, today the proposals were revealed.

Before we start explaining the proposals let us tell you that it wasn't the first time the city was seeking development proposals for the site.

 Mortenson's original proposal

Mortenson's original proposal

In 2015 the city also submitted a RFP for 800 Washington Avenue S and it received a number of proposals for the site. In the end the city chose a 10 story proposal from Mortenson that would have included a 235 room Hyatt Centric hotel along with 15,000 square feet of office space for the adjacent American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to expand into. However, those plans never came to fruition and shortly after Mortenson was chosen the company walked away from the site.

That brings us to today, a day in which the city of Minneapolis reveals the four proposals it received during round two, one of those proposals being from one of the original developers seeking to build on the site. Let's start with that proposal.

SHERMAN ASSOCIATES (MIXED USE PROJECT)

Sherman's 2015 proposal.

In 2015 Sherman Associates submitted a proposal for a 9 story mixed-use building with a 140 room Kimpton Hotel, 15,700 sqf of office space on the third floor for Sherman Associates new headquarters, and a 25,000 sqf Pinstripes bowling alley on the first and second floor. 

Sherman's 2018 proposal.

The proposal submitted the second time around looks somewhat similar on paper, however a shift from hotel rooms to apartments has occurred while the exterior design has also been updated.

This time around Sherman Associate's proposal is for a 10 story mixed-use building. The first and second floor would still include a Pinstripes bowling alley, the third story would still be home to office space, this time around space for the AAN, and the remaining floors above would instead be devoted to 112 apartments. 20 percent of the housing units proposed would be affordable units for those making less than 60% of the area's median income.

The estimated cost for the project would be around $54 million.

AECOM (MIXED-USE PROJECT)

AECOM, a developer based out of LA, has proposed a mixed-use project that would be eight stories tall. Little was given on the details of the project, however the building would house 76 for sale condo units along with office space for AAN on the lower floors.

More information should be available in the coming weeks about this proposal.

OPPIDIAN INVESTMENT COMPANY (COMMERCIAL PROJECT)

Based out of Excelsior, MN, Oppidian Investment Company has pitched a six to eight story building that would be entirely commercial. The goal would be to attract a large office tenant that would lease a majority of the space within the project.

Developers state the the building would be perfect for a company who is "image conscious" and a company that "values a human-scale building — not one for 20 tenants in a 250,000-square-foot building." 

Overall the Oppidian's proposal is expected to cost somewhere between $40-$60 million.

Oppidian is also currently developing The Capp, a mixed-use project under construction off of Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis. That project made the headlines earlier this year as it will be home to Cub Foods first ever small-format store. In addition to the 46,000 square foot grocery store, there will also be 3,100 sqf of additional retail space, 148 apartment units located on five of the upper levels of the project, and a public plaza.

45 NORTH GROUP (COMMERCIAL PROJECT)

A local startup firm based out of St. Louis Park is proposing a five story, 72,000 square foot building with ground floor retail space and offices on the upper floors.

45 North Group has stated that the building would be energy efficient, even qualifying as "net zero," meaning that the project would generate as much energy as it uses. This would be achievable due to an expansive set of solar panels planned for the top of the building.

No overall price for the project was given.

We'll have more information for the proposals mentioned above in the coming weeks.


 

THRIVANT FINANCIAL DEBUTS PLANS FOR NEW DOWNTOWN HEADQUARTERS

Another full block surface parking lot is about to disappear in Downtown Minneapolis thanks to Thrivent Financial.

Tuesday evening the non-profit company made public the plans for their new headquarters that would be located at the corner of S 6th Street and 5th Avenue S on the northern half of the block. Now, don't fret because you think only half of the lot is getting filled, there's plans for the other half that we'll get to later.

The new 8 story headquarters would not simply be JUST a headquarters for Thrivent, it would also be a space for the community. Included in the project on the first floor would be a coffee shop, chapel, and an art gallery with the upper floors holding Thrivent's offices.

Outside of the building on the corner of Portland Avenue and S 6th Street would be a pocket park complete with public art. Located just a bit south of the pocket park would be a coffee shop and also a grab-and-go cafe, both which would be open to the public.

With Thrivant being a non-profit company, they like to give back to community and do so in many different ways. They see this new headquarters as another way to give back to the community of Minneapolis. Once constructed they hope that the new building will be seen as an welcoming and iconic entry way into Downtown Minneapolis and a place for all to enjoy.

THE DESIGN

Designed by Minnesota based HGA, the building is meant to really embrace the neighborhood. Large amounts of expansive glass are used to provide a transparent space connecting the interior of the building to the outside surrounding neighborhood.

As mentioned above, the first floor of the project would include a chapel along with a meditation room, both of which are currently found within Thrivent's 17 story headquarters a block away. In addition, there would be a company art gallery.

Located on the skyway level would be a full service Thrivent Federal Credit Union that would be open to the public, similar to how Wells Fargo structured their new headquarters. The skyway would connect the Thrivent's headquarters to a planned mixed-use development on the southern half of the site along with HCMC on the east side of the site. In the future, Thrivent's headquarters would link to the greater Downtown skyway system as projects are built on the neighboring blocks.

ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Now, what exactly is planned for the southern half of the site that we keep mentioning?

Local developer Sherman Associates has drafted up plans for a 12 story, 150 unit apartment building to be located along 5th Avenue S. In addition, on the Portland Avenue side of the site there would be a 9 story, 120 room suite-oriented hotel. The exact brand of hotel has yet to be disclosed as Sherman Associates is still in the negotiation process.

Lastly, positioned between these two projects would be a two story building with a day care and fitness center, both of which are sure to prove popular with the downtown crowd. 

When looking at both Thrivent Headquarters and the Sherman development as one piece you might have noticed something, Minneapolis is going to see ANOTHER entire block of surface parking redeveloped. Does this remind anyone of maybe a currently under construction project just down the block?

If you're thinking of the redevelopment of the Kraus Anderson headquarters then you're spot on.

That project, which is in its final stages, saw the redevelopment of not only the KA headquarters building, but also the entire surface parking lot surrounding it which ended up being an ENTIRE city block. Today, if you drive by you'll find the brand new 5 story Kraus Anderson headquarters, a 17 residential building called HQ that opened this month, a 4 story Finnegan's brewery that is set to open later this month, and lastly, an under construction, 8 story, 165 room boutique hotel that will be part of Marriott's Autograph Collection called Elliot Park Hotel.  If you haven't seen this project recently, check out the webcam here.

Comparing that development to Thrivent's development we get pretty similar projects. Both include the redevelopment of a surface parking lot, the addition of a headquarters, a hotel, and a residential building. The only major difference? Instead of a brewery like the KA project, we'll get a fitness center and day care. 

Now, this is some progressive development that we're glad to see happening in Minneapolis. Let's keep it going, there's a lot of surface parking lots left to be conquered.

Construction is expected to begin in Summer 2018 with a completion in mid 2020.

 

39 STORY MILL DISTRICT CONDO TOWER PLANNED BY WORLD-RENOWNED ARCHITECTURAL FIRM

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Minneapolis. We're not screaming with excitement, you're screaming with excitement.

Meet Eleven, an ambitious and arguably iconic 39 story residential tower designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA).

Planned for a site that is currently a surface parking lot on West River Parkway within the Mill District, the building would be one of the largest and most expensive residential projects to be constructed in Minneapolis post recession.

Local Twin Cities developer Luigi Bernardi has partnered with Ryan Companies to develop the project.

THE DESIGN

Designed in an Art Deco style, the 39 story tower would site atop of a low rise podium that would house parking, rentable guest suites and office space.

The 101 unit tower itself would feature no more than five residential units per floor with the smallest being 1,600 square feet in size. In addition, the tower residences would only feature two bedroom and larger units, something of a rarity within the Minneapolis condo market.

It takes quite a bit of work to design not only a building, but one that can be iconic and more importantly, age well. That's just what RAMSA did.

In the last couple of years, Paul Whalen, a lead design architect and partner at RAMSA, spent quite a bit of time in Minneapolis in order to understand the city and it's architecture. In crafting the design for Eleven, he drew inspiration, scale and details from other buildings found within Minneapolis' historic and notable neighborhoods such as the Mill District and North Loop. Paul's responsible for a number of other iconic RAMSA buildings within the world such as 15 Central Park West in NYC and One St. Thomas Street in Toronto.

This would be the RAMSA's first project in the Upper Midwest and their third project within the Midwest overall. Their latest project in Chicago is called One Bennett Park. Currently under construction, once completed the 69 story striking residential tower will feature 400 apartments and 100 condominium units.

MINNEAPOLIS' NEW CONDO INVENTORY

While Eleven is the newest condo project to emerge on the Minneapolis housing scene, it isn't the only one planned around the banks of the Mississippi River. 

The Legacy, a 374 unit condominium project that reaches 17 stories at its highest point, is in fact under construction as we write directly behind the proposed site for Eleven on the River. That project, which will be complete in Fall 2018, has already sold over a quarter of their units.

In addition, there is a 40 story condo tower called "200 Central" that currently is being planned by developer Alatus on the Northeast side of the river. The site has been cleared for the project but a few legal battles from concerned neighbors had postponed the construction start. With those matters being addressed Alatus plans to begin construction later this year.

Now, don't let the setbacks of that last project concern you when it comes to Eleven on the River as this project is planned in a completely different area with completely different zoning requirements. Therefore it is very unlikely to hit any major snags in the development process.

COULD THIS PROJECT BE A REINCARNATION? 

Some might say that Eleven is a direct response to another of Ryan Companies previous planned condo projects. The plan, for two art deco towers (not designed by the same firm) ranging in height from 22 to 26 stories, proposed for a site in Edina adjacent to Southdale Center. Ultimately, that project was not approved by the City of Edina due to height concerns (keep in mind there is a 18 story Westin pretty much across the street). At that point Ryan Companies told city officials they would take their plan elsewhere, likely combining those two planned buildings into one single structure. Could this be a new form of the project? Potentially.

But let's be honest, if it is a reincarnation of that project then this is Minneapolis' gain and Edina's loss. If it isn't, well, you go Minneapolis' for landing this one. It's about time another world-renowned architect puts their stamp on Minneapolis and we couldn't be more excited for it to be Robert A.M. Stern and his firm.

We'll keep you updated on this exciting project once it begins to go through the City of Minneapolis' planning review. Interested in a unit? Visit www.elevenontheriver.com

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.

 

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PROPOSED FOR LYNDALE AVENUE

Small is in and that means more micro apartments are coming to Minneapolis.

As preparations are made for work to begin on the new Theater Marquee Apartment project at the corner of Lyndale Avenue and Franklin Avenue, another new residential project has been proposed across the street.

CPM Cos is planning a 5 story residential building with 75 units at 209 Lyndale Avenue S, a site that sits directly next to Mortimer's Bar. The project would feature "micro" apartment units that would range from 363 to 482 square feet in size.

These "micro units" are a growing trend in Minneapolis as they allow renters to rent smaller units that are more affordable, allowing for a greater number of residents from different incomes to be able to live in these new residential projects sprouting up all across the city.

The new residential building would feature 32 parking spaces with 28 of those being interior spaces on the first floor of the building. Also on the first floor would be a fitness center for the building's residents along with a lounge. Each floor would contain 15 residential units with the units almost evenly being split between studios and one bedrooms.The exterior of the project will be clad in aluminum metal siding and fiber cement siding with tones of whites and grays being used.

Set to go before the City of Minneapolis Planning Commission this week, construction could begin a soon as this Spring with a completion likely in Spring 2018.

 

NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION: MONTAGE

A new development will soon grace the corner in Minneapolis' trendy Northeast neighborhood. Montage is now under construction.

Recently Schaefer Richardson completed their $1.9 million purchase of the former Nye's site clearing the way for construction to begin on their newest mixed use project, Montage. While you may not recognize the project by it's new name we're sure you're quite familiar with it already.

The project at 112 East Hennepin Avenue has remained in the headlines for nearly two years largely in part due to neighborhood opposition to the original plans for a 29 story mixed-use project. Area residents argued that the project was too large and would damage the historic church next door. There also was concern about the closure of Nye's Polonaise Room, a Minneapolis institute that had been in business for 66 years. 

Once it was confirmed that Nye's would close regardless, Schaefer Richardson worked with the community to develop a plan that would suite everyone's needs... flash forward a year and here we are.

THE PROJECT

Ground Floor of Montage

Once complete Montage will include 73 residential units and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The project will also be one of the first in the Twin Cities to feature a garage with a unique elevator system that will allow cars to be "stacked," increasing the number of spaces available within the project.

Construction on the Montage is expected to last for about a year and a half with completion set for late Fall 2017. 

 

Development proposals emerge for 205 Park Avenue

  Proposal designed by ESG Architects on behalf of Sherman Associates  |  Sherman Associates

Proposal designed by ESG Architects on behalf of Sherman AssociatesSherman Associates

Another one bites the dust...and we're talking about surface parking lots.

One of the last remaining pieces of land in the Mill District will soon have a new building rise upon it's soil. Two developers have have submitted plans to the City of Minneapolis for mixed-use developments on what is currently a surface parking lot at 205 Park Avenue.

THE FIRST PROPOSAL

Sherman Associates has submitted plans for mixed-use development designed by Minneapolis based ESG Architects.

Estimated to cost $36 million, the six story building would include 115 market rate apartments with 20% being reserved for individuals making 60 percent or less than the median income along with four for-sale townhome units. 

The ground floor would include a restaurant with a separate bakery and coffee shop by local restaurant owner Kim Bartmann. The building would also include a police substation and a dog park. Running behind the building would be a pedestrian walkway connecting Washington Avenue and 2nd Street.

THE SECOND PROPOSAL

The city has also received another proposal from Grand Real Estate Advisors. Their proposal is also a six story mixed-use building that would include residential units. The difference is in the type of residential units. GREA is proposing 48-52 condo units that would be priced between $350,000 and $1.3 million. 

The development would include a 3,000 square foot space for a restaurant and bakery on the first floor. Like the Sherman Associates proposal, a dog park would be included on site.

One of the major differences between the two projects is the affordable housing aspect which was one of the main requests from the city. Sherman Associates proposal would include affordable housing on site while GREA is currently in discussions with City of Lakes Community Land Trust on a way to include affordable units elsewhere in the city.

The city of Minneapolis will select a proposal and authorize a land sale at the end of the summer.

 

REX26 | A new life for an urban corner

Rendering from the corner of 26th St and Lyndale Ave S | Minneapolis Planning Commission

The Whittier neighborhood is about have an abundance of life brought back to what currently is a bleak corner on one of the city's busiest roads.

REX26 is the name for a project planned at the corner of 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue South. The 4 story mixed-use building would house 100 residential units and 18,982 square feet of retail space. It would be a great addition to the surrounding area as the retail space is planned to house a full service grocery store.

The site was originally home to the Rex Hardware store which was constructed in 1914 and stood for nearly 100 years. In 2011 the building, after many years of neglect, was demolished and the has since then sat vacant except for a few public gardens.

Exterior of REX26 | Minneapolis Planning Commission

Plans were announced late last fall for Rex26, a new mixed-use development that would be constructed on the vacant corner along with the sites of four adjacent houses. The formal plans for the development will go before the city planning commission at their April 14th meeting.

The most recent plans show a four story building that stands 167' 2" tall. Designed by RSP Architects, the building facade makes use of modern materials such as metal and brick, along with large spans of glass. Apartment units on the upper four floors will also include balconies. 

While some may look at the design of the building as too modern and out of touch with the neighborhood, we think it actually could set a very good precedent for future buildings that will undoubtedly line the avenue. At five stories tall the structure takes into account the surrounding low-rise buildings and strays away from the standard maximum 6 story height that developers are able to achieve in Minneapolis wooden construction. The design also aims to utilize "blocks" making the building appear as separate buildings, instead of one large hulking mass.

First Floor retail space showing grocery tenant | Minneapolis Planning Commission

Now regarding that full-service grocery store that would be brought to the neighborhood. The developer "accidentally" mentioned Aldi as the grocer to occupy the ground floor space when the plans were originally presented in the fall. Since then no official retailer has been announced and the idea of Trader Joe's opening in the space have been shot down (the two companies are part of the same family).

If approved by the planning commission, construction on the project would begin this summer. With a 13 month construction time frame the project would be complete by late summer 2017 with the main floor retailer opening most likely in the Fall.

 

Housing planned for 15th Avenue SE

More housing is on it's way to Dinkytown.

Located blocks away from the epicenter of Dinkytown's recent housing burst where hundreds of new apartments units have been built, Elmhurst Properties is planning a new small scale residential building.

Located at 823 15th Avenue SE, the residential building will include four stories and 10 apartment units. The design of the structure features a pitched roof, cement board siding, and brick accents. Units within the building include 8 one bedroom units, 1 three bedroom unit, and 1 studio.

The apartments within the building have a range of square footages. The studio is relatively small at 347 square feet, while the one bedrooms range from 641 to to 777 square feet. The three bedroom unit will be 1027 square feet. Overall the apartments are smaller than the average new construction that has occurred within the area within the past 5 years. 

The project is located in a prime location, close to the University of Minnesota's athletic village (which will soon swell with an ambitious $120 million renovation and expansion), the University of Minnesota, and a number of bus routes. It's a perfect location for a University of Minnesota student to call home. 

Construction is likely to begin this summer with a completion in summer 2017.

 


Solhavn developer plans new North Loop apartment project

North Loop, how about another apartment project?

The developer behind a number of Minneapolis residential buildings including Solhaus, Solhem, Soltva, Solhavn, and more recently, Coze Flats near Dinkytown, is back at it again with a new residential project planned for the North Loop neighborhood.

Curt Gunsbury is proposing the new project at 721 North 1st Street, a site that currently is home to a surface parking lot. It's not far from Gunsbury's other projects, in fact Soltva and Solhavn lie directly behind the project on 2nd Street.

What's better yet is Solhem and TE Miller Development are also in the process of currently constructing another 8 story, 71 unit, apartment building literally down the block at 602 North 1st Street. It's clear the company loves the neighborhood and has found plenty of success in the North Loop.

Rendering of the planned project | Solhem

Plans for Solhem's newest project include another eight story building (seven above ground, one below) that would include 124 market-rate apartment units. Parking would be located on one underground level and one and half above ground levels bringing the total number of spaces provided to 224. Building amenities will be found on the first floor while the eighth (seventh above ground) floor will include a rooftop deck.

The exterior of the building will be covered with brick and metal accents, something a little different from past projects of Gunsbury which were largely clad in metal. The overall feel is meant to blend in with the surrounding warehouses and late 19th century buildings. 

One of the great things about this project is that it will result in the creation of a 5,000 square foot public park on the southeast side of the building. Even more exciting is the fact that the project will use a ton of sustainable materials and designs that will qualify it for LEED certification.

It'll be interesting to see what the name for this project ends up being. Gunsbury's other properties all sport Swedish names due to a good friend of Gunsbury living in Sweden. The Swedish theme also tends to translate into the finishes of the projects which are bright, clean, and very minimal. However the last project that was developed by Gunsbury and his team is called Coze Flats (which could potentially also be the name of the 602 N. 1st Street project).

If all goes according to plan with the city approval process construction is intended to begin in July 2016 with a completion set for Summer 2017.

 

40 story condo tower planned for NorthEast

Rendering of the ground floor of the new tower | ESG Architects

On the shores of the Mississippi River, well, almost on the shores of the Mississippi, a new 40 story residential building will begin to rise come this fall. 

Developer Bob Lux, found of Alatus, confirmed Tuesday that after months of speculations of what his new project at the former Washburn McReavy site would include that it will in fact house condos. 

Located at 200 Central Avenue, the 40 story tall project (essentially the height of The Carlyle across the bridge) will include 207 new condominium units. The ground floor will feature building amenities along with a new restaurant by Ryan Burnet.  

Image of the exterior of the tower | ESG Architects

Construction on the project will begin in the fall with completion expected in late fall 2017 or early 2018. Prices for units in the building will begin at $300,000 and go up to several million dollars for top floor units (which we might add have the ability to have outdoor swimming pools). Sotheby's is handeling the selling of the units which will be offered in both a modern and traditional style. The big draw will be the floor to ceiling windows with gorgeous view of Downtown Minneapolis. 

A certain number of pre-sold units will not be required for construction to begin. It's a sign that developers believe the market for condominium units is strong.  

And there's a lot of truth to that thought. Lux's development will only be the third condo development since the recession in 2008.  Recently a few other proposals have been put forth such as a new condo development in Uptown by Graves Hospitality and also Jim Stanton's The Portland Tower in Downtown Minneapolis.

Target confirms new Uptown location

Rendering of Lake and Fremont Project | CPM Development

Uptown Target enthusiasts, your wish has been granted. On Friday Target officials confirmed that a new store will open in October 2017 in a new mixed-use development on the site of the former Cheapo site. Literally the heart of Uptown.

News that Target is officially coming to Uptown isn't necessarily "new" news. There's been plenty of speculation of what tenant would open in CPM Development's new Lake & Fremont project located at 1300 West Lake Street and 2928 Fremont Avenue South.

The project will bring a new $40 million, 6 story mixed-use building featuring 125 apartments, 5,000 sqf of second floor office space and of course retail space for Target.  The drawing factor for Target to this project was the fact that it not only was in Uptown, but also that the project included 21,000 sqf of continuous commercial space on the ground floor which is uncommon for new projects in the Uptown area. 

Rendering of Lake and Fremont Project | CPM Development

Target was a logical tenant due to the fact that the company has been waiting to make an entry into the heart of Uptown for a number of years now. The problem was that Target didn't have a store design that was small enough for the neighborhood... That is until last year of course.

That's when the company introduced what then was known as Target Express, now simply as just Target, to the Dinkytown neighborhood and the world. Target's small footprint prototype now has a number of locations across the United States and is the company's biggest focus regarding expansion for the next year. 

What's in store...literally.

Target's new location will feature one level of shopping covering 21,400 square feet. Within the space Target will sell men's and woman's (possibly kids) apparel, groceries and ready to eat-meals, household items and more. 23 parking spaces will be available for those who decide to drive to Target's new location, however most are expected to walk.

The location will also feature a CVS in store Pharmacy (it's a new concept beginning to be rolled out this year since CVS bought Target's pharmacy operations last year). Renderings also show a Starbucks sign in the window however that detail was not confirmed by company officials. 

CPM plans to begin demolition of Cheapo's former space this week with construction of the building beginning immediately after demolition is complete. Construction is expected to be complete in early Fall 2017 with Target opening in October 2017. 

Lowery Hill East project proposes housing... and Aldi?

  Rendering of the project  |  Whittier Alliance

Rendering of the project | Whittier Alliance

Groceries below your apartment. Sounds like a dream...that could come true.

A grocery store might finally be coming to the Lowry Hill East neighborhood if a developer's project gains approval from the neighborhood. What company will fill the space has yet to be named however there's a likely, well, VERY likely candidate for the space. 

Plans were presented by a Minneapolis based company called Master on Tuesday evening to a neighborhood group called Whittier Alliance. The four story project would feature 76 new residential units along with ground floor retail space for unnamed grocery retailer.

So where does Aldi come in? Pretty plainly actually. Plans presented for the project showed parking allotment amounts which featured spaces for neighboring French Meadow Bakery and also Aldi. The problem at hand is the fact that there isn't an Aldi in the neighborhood... 

Could it be that Aldi is the planned grocer? Odds are yes however we won't actually know the specific retailer until January 15th Don Geberding with Master told the group.

Aldi currently has 43 Minnesota locations with more planned for the state in the future. The closest Aldi to the Lyndale site is a few miles away on East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.