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.


Jersey Mike's plans Dinkytown location

Jersey Mike's, a rapidly expanding sub shop that's relatively new to the Twin Cities area, has identified Dinkytown as the next stop on their expansion plans. Jersey Mike's opened their first shop in the Twin Cities area in 2013 identifying future plans at that time for 50 locations within the metro. To date Jersey Mike's has 13 locations in the Twin Cities area with more openings planned for 2015.

In Dinkytown Jersey Mike's will occupy a retail space on the first floor of The Marshall, a 364 unit luxury student housing project that opened in Fall 2014. You probably are familiar with The Marshall even if you don't necessarily know it's home to the nation's first Target Express location. 


Jersey Mike's will have quite a bit of competition in the neighborhood once they open later this month. Subway, the world's largest sub chain, has a restaurant across the corner, down the block is a Jimmy John's and a Potbelly Sandwich Works and oh yeah, don't forget the Erbert and Gerbert's two blocks away. But there's one thing we can rest assured about, college students love themselves some subs.

So what exactly makes Jersey Mike's Subs any different from the four other competing sub shops in the area? It's all fresh... as in really fresh. The submarine subs have all their meats and cheeses cut when ordered so it's not just sitting around and therefore true freshness is ensured. You can choose your toppings or you can order it "Mike's Way" which includes shredded lettuce, sliced onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices and "The Juice" (red-wine vinegar and olive oil). 

Currently Jersey Mike's has over 750 locations nationwide. Plans are already in works for an additional University of Minnesota location somewhere in Stadium Village (we're not suggesting anything but the WaHu development would be perfect). The Dinkytown location will open on Wednesday, March 25th. 


Starbucks returning to Dinkytown

Starbucks will open their sixth University of Minnesota area location Halloween weekend. It will mark the return of Starbucks to Dinkytown after an almost five year hiatus. The original location at 1500 4th Street SE closed due to the development of Sydney Hall Apartments by Doran Companies which occurred in 2010.

Starbucks newest coffeehouse will open at 419 14th Avenue SE in the recently completed Venue at Dinkytown project developed by Opus Corporation. The retail space will be located directly next to Goodwill's newest retail concept Gina and Will

Above: Starbucks newest location in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus.

Above: Starbucks newest location in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus.

The return of Starbucks to Dinkytown really marks the chains success within the greater University of Minnesota area and the Minnesota market in general. The company added a Lind Hall location on campus two years ago along with an additional location at Carlson School of Business. With the new Dinkytown location opening up it will mark the seventh location for the company in the University of Minnesota area. There are currently 17 locations within the city of Minneapolis itself and to be honest you probably can't even fathom the number within the metro area. There's quite a few.

The Dinkytown Starbucks will be smaller than the location on Washington Avenue in nearby Stadium Village. It is likely to feature the new prototype with vintage design elements along with university motifs paying homage to the University of Minnesota. The location has prominant street presence with large windows opening the space to 14th Avenue SE. Inside the location there will be tall ceilings which will allow the space to feel significantly larger.

Check back right here at The Development Tracker | Minneapolis in about two weeks for photographs of the completed project.