Renovation

200 APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR NORTH LOOP'S DUFFEY PAPER BUILDINGS

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A Chicago developer has some big plans in store for the C.J. Duffey Paper buildings in the North Loop. 

Cedar Street Companies is planning a restoration of the six-story Minneapolis Iron Store Building (528 N. Washington Avenue), the Minneapolis Iron Store Warehouse (520 N. Washington Avenue) and the Lindsay Brothers Warehouse (508 N. Washington Avenue).

When complete the three buildings will contain 200 market-rate apartments and 19,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. According to the plans the project will be called “The Duffey Lofts.”

The residential units within the buildings will include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom layouts. At the moment 147 (74%) of the units will be studios, 47 (23%) will be one-bedroom units and just 3 (1.5%) of each of the two and three-bedroom units will be included. The final shake out of those unit numbers could change as the design/planning of the project is further completed.

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Residents would have access to multiple amenities on one underground level, one at grade level, level four and level seven (we’ll get to that in a second). One unique amenity space that would be found within The Duffey Lofts would be the 4,116 square foot crane room which features a completely intact large overhead industrial crane.

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When it comes the mentioned seventh floor that’s something that the developers are proposing to construct on top of the Minneapolis Iron Store building. That floor would be home to an outdoor lawn and lounge space, a clubroom and residential units that each would have their own private outdoor space. 

84 parking stalls would be included within the project that would be located both indoors and outdoors. Space for parking would be found indoors on one underground level and one at grade level along with an exterior surface parking lot.

THE DESIGN

Construction was completed in 1916 on the Minneapolis Iron Store buildings and the Lindsay Brothers Warehouse. All three buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places which means the developers and architects needed to pay particular attention to the past when designing The Duffy Lofts. 

While the exteriors would be restored to look as close as possible to their original design, the developers would also rebuild a large sign that adorned the top of the roof of the Minneapolis Iron Store Building in the past. The sign, which would face downtown, likely would say “Iron Store” as that is what is most likely said in the past. It also looks like the developers are proposing another sign in the same fashion along Washington Avenue that will say “The Duffey Lofts.”

As mentioned earlier, the developers are also planning to add a rooftop to the Minneapolis Iron Store building. Being this new structure would be an addition to the historic structure they wanted to ensure it was out of sight from the streetscape. Plans for the rooftop have it slightly set back from the Washington Avenue façade in order to protect the historic look of the building.

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THE PREVIOUS PROPOSAL

Now, if you remember back to late last year another developer had a proposal for these same buildings.

Dominium, that nation’s second largest affordable housing developer, was planning on converting all three structures and building a fourth structure that in total would have included 210 units of affordable housing. However, after Dominium and the City of Minneapolis were unable to come to terms on the long-term affordability of the units the developers cancelled the project.

Dominium worked with BKV Group to design their proposal and so has Cedar Street Companies which is why the overall exterior design for the project hasn’t changed much. 

One major thing that was missing from Dominium’s proposal that is included in Cedar Street Companies proposal is ground floor retail space. Many felt that ground floor retail space was a requirement for the redevelopment of these buildings as they not only cover almost an entire city block, but they are also located in the heart of the North Loop’s retail and restaurant scene.

There is one other difference when it comes to Dominium’s plans and Cedar Street Companies plans. Dominium was proposing to construct a seven-story residential building on what today is a surface parking lot to the right of the existing buildings. Cedar Street Companies is proposing to keep that surface parking lot and is planning for it to include 31 parking spaces. As a part of keeping the surface parking lot the developers would completely repave the lot, add a vegetated planting buffer and also a low decorative fence in order to help separate the lot from the active streetscape.

Last but not least, when it comes to the insides of the buildings we could go on and on about the differences between Dominium’s plans and Cedar Street Companies. However, the plans are pretty complex and as much as we’d love to include 100 pictures within this post and twenty more paragraphs of text, we are instead just going to link the current plans here.

NEXT STEPS

Cedar Street Companies plans for the Duffey Paper buildings have already been presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole. Updated plans in regards to the feedback will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission for approval in the coming weeks.

We’ll be sure to post more about this project and any updates that are going to be made to the plans right here on our website.

 

 

 

RAND TOWER TO BECOME BOUTIQUE MARRIOTT TRIBUTE HOTEL

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Downtown Minneapolis’ Rand Tower will see new life as a boutique hotel. 

Maven Real Estate Partners has announced that they will transform the 26-story building located at 527 S Marquette Avenue into Minnesota’s first hotel under Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio flag. An $86 million renovation will reposition what is currently office space into a 277-room, four- and half-star hotel called the Rand Tower Hotel.  

As we mentioned, the hotel will be part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio. Now, what exactly does it mean when a hotel is part of the Tribute Portfolio?

Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio is a group of independent boutique hotels that are each unique and influenced by their surrounding areas. Their properties offer elevated experiences, curated services and an overall stay that is second to none. Currently there are 23 Tribute properties within the United States with a number of other locations spread throughout the world. Minneapolis’ Tribute hotel will pay homage to the history of the Rand Tower.

The Rand Tower was completed in 1929 and is now 90 years old. When the building when constructed it was one of the tallest structures within the city of Minneapolis, that is until one year later when the Foshay Tower was constructed and surpassed the Rand Tower in height.

The Rand Tower was designed for Rufus R. Rand by Architects Holabird & Root. Rufus was a pilot in WWI and WWII and was also a member of the family that owned the Minneapolis Gas Company (now CenterPoint Energy).

Holabird & Root designed the building in an Art Deco style. One of the prominent architectural features within the building is a large sculpture in the lobby entitled “Wings.” The sculpture was created by Oskar J. W. Hansen who also created the sculptures for the Hoover Dam.

In 1994 the Rand Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places which means when it comes to the renovation the Developers, Architects and Designers needed to pay the attention to the details. 

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Minneapolis-based ESG Architecture & Design along with The Gettys Group are both working on on the design work for the renovation which will pay particular attention to the Art Deco styling of the building. Terrazzo floors in the lobby, detailed enameling and other historical architectural elements will remain while a touch of modern is also added.

While the renovations will see floor after floor of office space turned into hotel rooms it will also see the addition of a restaurant and bar which be located on the fifth floor.

The restaurant and bar on the fifth floor will include indoor and outdoor space. A new 2,315 square foot outdoor patio that will feature a retractable glass roof will be constructed on top of the fifth floor annex. The retractable roof will be able to fully open during the warmer summer months and will be able to close in the winter to protect guests from Minnesota’s harsh winters.

 When complete the Rand Tower Hotel will be managed by Oxford Capital Group. The Chicago-based company has a number of luxury hotels spread across the country including the Langham Chicago and LondonHouse Chicago.

The conversion of the Rand Tower is anticipated to be complete in December 2020.

 

DISTILLERY PLANNED FOR PROSPECT PARK

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Surly might have a new neighbor moving in next door as plans have been recently announced for a new distillery.

O’Shaughnessy Distillery is planned for 600 Malcolm Avenue SE. The site is currently home to a historic brick structure that was built in 1945. Plans for the project include the renovation of that historic structure along with a large expansion surrounding three sides of the building. In total the distillery would cover 27,000 square feet of space. 

Michael and Patrick O’Shaughnessy are the two individuals behind the plans for the new distillery and they’ve partnered with Wall Companies to develop the project. The company has a number of other projects in the works for the area including a climbing facility across the street along with a food hall and a mixed-use project that would include apartments and a grocery store just down the road.

When complete the O’Shaughnessy Distillery will cover three different levels of space.

Guests will enter at ground level and will be able to walk straight ahead and directly into a large bar space or turn right and enter a retail store that will also be the start of the distillery tours. The ground floor will also include the majority of the fermenting and distilling spaces along with some catering/back of house space.

The upper level of the project will feature mezzanines to the distilling and fermenting spaces below, office space, a lab and a large space for private cocktails with direct access to an outdoor roof deck.

Last but not least, the basement level of the building will include space designated as a speakeasy, a tasting room and a barrel room.

When it comes to the spirits that are planned to be produced by the O’Shaughnessy Distillery theres a number of them. Right now, those plans include a potato-based vodka, an American bourbon, an American & Irish style gin and rum along with Irish style liquors and an Irish Single Malt whiskey.

At the moment the biggest challenge for the project is getting the city planning commission to approve a 122-space surface parking lot that would run behind the distillery and stretch behind Surly. However, there’s no need to worry as we expect to the city to approve that condition.

Work on the O’Shaughnessy Distillery is anticipated to begin later this year with an opening likely in Summer 2020.

 

WHAT DOES THE NORTH LOOP NOT HAVE? A WINERY... FOR NOW...

A new winery will be opening up in the heart of the North Loop next year. It’s ok, we’re squealing with excitement too.

Aaron and Ashley Schram have owned Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery in Waconia for the last 13 years. They know the wine business well and have had tremendous amount success with their winery being packed week after week. The two felt that it was time to share their delicious wines with Minneapolis and have set their sights on the North Loop.

When their unnamed winery and production facility opens next spring, it will occupy 20,000 square feet of space within the Internet Exchange Building located at 411 N Washington Avenue. The building is just across the street from Crisp & Green in case you need something to reference.

Schram Vineyard Winery uses a French-hybrid grape that was developed by the University of Minnesota, which by the way has one of the top wine research programs in the country. The hardiness of the grape allows it to grow in cooler climates like the Midwest which has helped expand the somewhat unknown winery scene within the region.

The Schram’s are making an effort to ensure that their new winery isn’t like a typical wine bar. The environment will focus on the production of wine which means all those barrels and tanks used in the production process will be in plain sight. They’re even working on plans where you yourself might be able to help contribute to the production of their wine. Anyone up for crushing some grapes?

THE LOCATION

The building in which they will open is directly next door to CPM and Swervo Development’s 10 story commercial project that is currently under construction. In building that project they added a skyway connection on the third level of the Internet Exchange Building which will connect to the second level on the new building.

Sounds like a direct route to happy hour for those office workers, right?

When the Schram’s winery opens it’ll fill a large void within the North Loop neighborhood. The area is filled with a number of breweries, cideries and of course bars but no wineries. When it comes to hunting down a winery, you’ll have to travel to Urban Forage Winery & Cider House on East Lake Street as it’s the closest.

So, now that we’ve informed you of this great new winery coming, we understand that that Spring 2020 is practically a year away. Might we suggest a trip to Waconia to tide you over?  

Stop your wining (see what we did there?), it’s not that far. Fine, we can carpool.

Oh yeah, Happy National Wine Day. :)

 

PLANS UNDERWAY FOR REVITALIZATION OF HISTORIC ROCKLER FUR BUILDING

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Plans are underway for a revitalization of the L.A. Rockler Fur Co. building in Downtown Minneapolis.

Beacon Interfaith and the Red Lake Nation recently announced plans to renovate and repurpose the building located at 16 N 4th Street into 50 apartment homes for members of the Native community who have experienced homelessness.

Bimosedaa is what the project will be called; the name comes from the Ojibwe language and in English means “let’s walk together.”

The decision to redevelop a building downtown was due to its easy access to light rail and bus routes, the Central Public Library, and numerous shopping, recreational and entertainment options.

This is not the first time that there have been plans to renovate the historic structure that was built in 1915. Back in 2016, a developer announced plans to bring market-rate apartments to the building. Unfortunately, those plans never came to fruition and since then the building has sat largely vacant and somewhat neglected.

Beacon Interfaith is seeking capital funding and city approvals with the hopes that construction on the project can begin in summer 2020.

 

MINNEAPOLIS CIDER CO. OPENING BRAND NEW TAPROOM

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Attention cider lovers! We’ve got news for you.

Minneapolis Cider Co. will swing open the doors to their brand new 3,500 square foot taproom and production facility tomorrow, May 9th, at 3pm. The taproom is located in the north end of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood at 701 SE 9th Street (just off of East Hennepin Avenue and 35W).

What Minneapolis Cider Co. plans to bring to the table (literally) here in Minneapolis is a whole new world cider that has mass appeal. At their new taproom you’ll find the company’s core ciders along with limited releases and experimental taproom only products. The taproom has ample space for lounging, conversing, and enjoying their delicious ciders sip by sip.

Speaking of those delicious ciders, on opening day there will be three to choose from including an orchard blend, a citrus hop and a raspberry cider. In the future more ciders will be added to the lineup with the company planning to offer everything from sweet to dry, fruited or hopped and everything in between. They believe that there is a cider for everyone, visit their taproom and you’ll find yours.

When it comes to the taproom at Minneapolis Cider Co. it’ll used for more than just enjoying a beverage. The company plans to offer cider classes within the space along tours of the production facility. Within the taproom there is a semi-private event space that is also available to rent and on Mondays when the taproom is typically closed the entire taproom will be available to be booked for private events.

The decision to open a cidery in Minneapolis was due to the significant growth, both regionally and nationally, that the cider industry continues to see year after year. While there may be a number of breweries within the city, cider specific taprooms remain somewhat sparse making it the perfect place for Minneapolis Cider Co. to open up shop.

So with all this being said it seems like we might have just found your next favorite spot, right? Don’t be surprised if you see us there because we love some good cider and we can’t wait to visit Minneapolis Cider Co.

Minneapolis Cider Co. is located at 701 SE 9th Street in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

 

THE DAYTON'S PROJECT: NEW DETAILS, NEW IMAGES

We’ve got some exciting updates on The Dayton’s Project.

The redevelopment of what was most recently was a Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis is moving forward and at full speed.

Construction began in March 2017 on the $250+ million transformation of the 12 story, 1.2 million square foot building. Demolition work within the building was completed in late 2018 readying it for its restoration, renovation and reconfiguration to begin.

Since then construction has been relatively contained however you can expect to really start to see things progressing now since the developers and the Historical Preservation Committee recently were able to agree upon a central void size.

The project also recently gained the rights to use the official Dayton’s logo within their marketing and with that comes a new marketing brochure which has revealed some new and exciting details about the project. 

THE PLANS

Once complete there will be over 200,000 square feet of retail space located on the basement, first and second floors of building. The remaining nine stories above the retail space will be home to some of the largest single plate floors of office space within Minneapolis. We’re talking about some floors having 90,000 square feet of continuous space, a floor plate size most often found in major metropolitan cities such as New York, Chicago and LA.

Those who are lucky enough to work within the building will have access to modern office spaces, a lounge, fitness center, library and an outdoor tenant-exclusive rooftop featuring ample lounge space, fire pits, a garden and of course stunning views of the Downtown skyline.

Who will occupy these amazing office spaces is still unknown. What we do know is that there is one confirmed tenant for the retail space below.

NEW DETAILS ON THE DAYTON’S FOOD HALL & MARKET

Dayton’s Food Hall & Market will be curated by Minnesota’s own, Andrew Zimmern, along with his team at Passport Hospitality.  

New details on the food hall show that it will span over 45,000 square feet and will occupy over half of the basement level along with space on the ground floor at the corner of S 7th Street and Nicollet.

Within the space there will be many different seating arrangements along with a central bar featuring lounge seating. Oh yeah, there will also be 40-50 different chef-driven kiosks. Now, that’s a big food hall.

In addition to that large foot print of the food hall it also appears that there will be a 4,856 square foot retail space tucked into the back corner of the food hall. Could we also be getting a full-service Andrew Zimmern restaurant? Fingers crossed.

While food may be the focus, Dayton’s Food Hall & Market also plans to feature a number of special events throughout the year such as guest appearances and demonstrations, movies, live music and more.

Now with the food hall taking up 45,000 square feet of the 200,000 square feet of available retail space, what’s in store for the rest?

NOT ANOTHER BLOCK E

Mid America Real Estate is leasing the retail space within The Dayton’s Project. A new leasing brochure featured on their website offers new details on how the interior reconfiguration of the three levels of retail space will look.

The basement level will be home to Dayton’s Food Hall & Market (which you just read about) along with 25,206 square feet of divisible retail space and that 4,856 square foot retail space that we also mentioned above. Our prediction is that this level will be devoted to food and entertainment.

The ground floor of the building will include another entrance to the Dayton’s Food Hall & Market and another 50,000 square feet of retail space that is split up into a number of different configurations. The ground floor will also be home to the lobby for the office space on the upper floors of the building. We expect this floor to be a mix of clothing retailers, fast casual restaurants and service oriented retailers

Last but not least is the second floor, which most likely will be the busiest level due to its five skyway connections. It’ll be home to another 50,000 square feet of retail space. We do want to point out that there is one interesting aspect of this level that is called out in the marketing brochure. It’s the “Beauty Hub.”

A BEAUTY HUB? WE LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT.

There aren’t many details available on the 13,256 square feet of space that is designated as the Beauty Hub, but that won’t stop us from speculating.

If you think about it, Downtown Minneapolis is a desert when it comes to cosmetics and beauty stores. Yes, there are plenty of places to get your hair done but when you really think about it there are little to no places for cosmetic purchases. No really, think about it. Your only option is pretty much Walgreens or Target. That could change with the Beauty Hub at The Dayton’s Project.

What we believe the Beauty Hub could be is a creative way for the developers to lure in not one, but multiple brand name beauty retailers. The way they would do so is by creating a hub where each of those retailers can feed off of each others energy and more importantly, each others customer base.

Think cosmetic retailers like MAC, Sephora, Bare Essentials or NYX and salons like Rocco Altobelli or Juut. The collection of these tenants would be a destination for visitors to The Dayton’s Project which also might be why the developers have placed this hub in a large space towards the back of the building.

Currently the space designated as the Beauty Hub is listed as divisible so it’s clear that the developers are looking to secure multiple beauty tenants. Now, the question is, who will step up to the plate and make everyone’s Downtown beauty dreams become a reality?

NEW RENDERINGS OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE

One of the biggest updates that the marketing brochure features are new renderings of both the interior and exterior of The Dayton’s Project.

Since gaining the right to use the Dayton’s logo it appears that the developers plan on branding the building once complete as simply “Dayton’s.” It’s a perfect way to honor this building’s historical pasT that stretches back over a century.

Other things depicted in the exterior renderings include a change to the ground floor bay windows which will now be replaced with large panes of glass (not garage like doors as originally rendered). The exterior will also undergo an extensive cleaning and restoration of the its brick and stone.

Interior renderings show a number of updates to lighting and finishes. There now appears to be an LED/neon light sculpture that will span the void within the space. Speaking of that void, the new renderings also now show the agreed upon void opening which is slightly smaller than what was originally planned now spanning 1,900 square feet instead of the original 2,500 square feet.

One thing we do want to put out is the fact that plans are always subject to change and that some of the floor plans and renderings that you might see here today may change before the completion of the project.

THE TEAM

As we wrap up our latest update on The Dayton’s Project we thought we should give you a reminder of the massive team working on this amazing transformation of one of Downtown Minneapolis’ largest and most historically significant buildings.

It takes a village they say and it is certainly clear with this one that it truly does.

Owners: The 601 W Companies

Investors: Telos Group and United Properties

Architect and Interior Design: Gensler

Leasing: Telos Group

Property Management: Transwestern

Retail Leasing: Mid-America

Office Leasing: Transwestern

General Contractor: Gardner Builders

Owner’s Representative: Hightower Initiatives

Preservation Architects & Historical Advisor: PVN

Structural Engineer: Meyer Borgman Johnson

MEP / FP Engineer: McGuire Engineers Inc

Work on The Dayton’s Project is expected to wrap up in Spring 2020. Check back before then for more updates on this exciting and transformative project.

 

AN ENTIRELY NEW LOOK FOR CITY CENTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NORTH LOOP'S DUFFEY 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 Duffey 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 Duffey 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 Duffey 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.

Schmidt Artist Lofts

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. 

 

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.


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.


 

 

 

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. 

 

CPM plans residential project in Northeast

CPM Construction has revealed plans for their newest residential project within Minneapolis, this time in Northeast Minneapolis.

Located at 1301 Marshall Street NE, across the way from the iconic Grain Belt Brewery building, Marshall Flats will be a 6 story residential building with ground floor retail and 70 residential units.

The project will be located across from the Grain Belt, a residential project completed in 2014 that involved the renovation and restoration of the original Grain Belt offices into residential units. That development also left a large parcel of land on the corner as green space. Marshall Flats will "bookend" that green space with all three buildings creating a "courtyard" affect.

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The project would demolish a few buildings currently on site, while restoring a building located on Marshall Street. That building would house 3,200 square feet of commercial space with another 2,864 square foot retail space being available within the new building. The developers are looking for a restaurant to occupy that space.

The residential units within Marshall Flats will be one and two bedroom units and will be located on floors two through six. 

38 surface parking spaces will be located behind the L shaped building with 17 additional spaces located in a covered garage on the ground floor of the building. Residents will also have access to the management office, a community room, an exercise room, and a bike storage room on the ground floor. A rooftop deck will be included on what technically is the seventh floor.

If approved by the Planning Commission construction could begin in the Fall with an expected completion in Spring 2017.

 

New Horizon Academy planned for former Champions site

A vacant building on West Lake Street that formerly served pints to adults will soon be serving bottles to babies.

New Horizon Academy, founded in 1971, is a children's care center that is well known for a number of day programs they provide. The center provides educational programs for children as young as infants all the way to 4th graders. 

New Horizon has submitted plans to the Minneapolis Planning Commission for a new center at 103 West Lake Street. Champions Salon and Eatery was the most recent occupant of the building, however the restaurant closed in 2014 and the building has since then sat vacant.

Plans presented by New Horizon Academy include an extensive interior and exterior renovation and a 1,100 square foot expansion. Two outdoor play areas will be added, one for the toddlers, the other for early elementary age students. The building will be able to enroll 162 children.

If all is approved by the Planning Commission construction could begin in early Summer with plans for the center to open in November 2016.

 

Costco purchases warehouse for Minneapolis location

Costco in Rochester, MN  |  TDT Minneapolis

Costco in Rochester, MN | TDT Minneapolis

Your dreams of land where all things come in bulk and insane savings are found in every aisle is finally going to become reality as Costco is finally coming to Minneapolis. 

The new Minneapolis location will be located at 3311 Broadway St in what currently is a large warehouse style building that houses Immenia, a local graphics company that employs about 120 people. The 175,000 square foot building will be extensively renovated and open next year as Costco's NINTH Minnesota location.

While we are sure you couldn't be more excited for Costco to finally open in Minneapolis if you're rolling you eyes at another large retailer coming to the city, not to mention one that already has a presence in the metro, don't worry. This Costco will be a little different than the others in the state as it will fall under the company's Business Center model.

BUSINESS CENTER... WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

There's only a dozen in the country, so Minneapolis, consider yourself lucky.

"A warehouse unlike others and open to all Costco members" is how the company's website describes the business center model. The larger, more specified warehouses offer large selections of "high-quality food service, convenience store, and office supplies" to members. 

Don't fear this new business model if you're already a Costco lover. It'll still cater to the typical crowd of customers that include just about anyone who is looking to buy in bulk, but in addition that that crowd it will also cater the businesses themselves.

One of the ways that these "Business Center" locations cater to area businesses is not only by having 70% of the products be unique to the business center model (meaning they aren't found at a typical Costco location), but by also delivering the products. You can even order product by the pallet... or TRUCKLOAD.

Costco opened it's first business center in 1992 and has been rolling the concept out across the East and West Coasts for the last 20 years . This will be the second location for the Midwest, the first being in Bedford Park, IL, but more importantly it will also be one of the largest business centers in the country.

 

Pracna on Main to be reborn

 

On the night of January 6th the doors closed for what would be, unknowingly to most, the last time for yet another veteran restaurant in Minneapolis' Northeast Neighborhood; Pracna on Main.

Dubbed as the "oldest restaurant on the oldest street" Pracna has been in operation since 1973 and currently was under the ownership of John Ramarcik who also owns the adjacent St. Anthony Main movie theater. Ramarcik also has a few other restaurants under his belt within the city including Annie's Parlour and The Kitty Cat Klub, both of which are in the nearby Dinkytown neighborhood.

The city went into a bit of a fret when Pracna simply just closed up shop with no warning. Social media accounts and their website all vanished and it seemed as if the end had arrived for Pracna without any notice. That didn't make sense though. How could such a successful place in such a successful district (not to mention a place with such repertoire) go belly up without any forewarning? The answer... It didn't.

Turns out there's actually new life planned for Pracna. The owners plan to reopen this spring with not only a newly remodeled space to show off, but also a new menu featuring barbecue, salads, and even breakfast. Patrons will also notice a larger Pracna on Main as the new restaurant space will be 6,500 square foot after a 2,000 square foot expansion into neighboring space is completed.

Another change? Restaurant goers will be able to take their drinks into the neighboring move theater. The ultimate convenience? We think so. 

The new Pracna on Main, which will resemble much of the old Pracna on Main, will be managed by current owners of the neighboring Aster Cafe when it opens come Spring.