Downtown West

31 STORY SKYSCRAPER PLANNED FOR DOWNTOWN WEST

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

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

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

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

THE DESIGN

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CONSTRUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

18 story tower proposed for 10th and Marquette

There's another new tower being proposed for Downtown Minneapolis but this time it's in an area that really hasn't seen the development spotlight shine down on it; Downtown West. We're talking about the corner of 10th Street and Marquette Avenue.

Village Green's has sent plans to the City of Minneapolis for a new 18 story luxury apartment project while also rehabilitating and incorporating a historic structure next door into the project. These plans come about seven years after Village Green originally proposed a 10 story residential building for the site.

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The new residential development will include the restoration of the historic Handicraft Guild building into a restaurant on the ground floor and residential amenity space on the second floor. The rest of the site would then be used to construct the 18 story building that will house 293 units. Five walk up units will be included in the building on the first floor along Marquette Avenue while retail space will be available along 10th Avenue South. 

Connecting the two buildings will be a three story glass link. The area between the two building will be used for outdoor amenity space including a fire pit, water feature, and prominent outdoor landscaping. The entire project does not include any underground parking nor does it include parking in the podium of the structure and only 12 parking spaces are to be included on site.

It appears that the recent demand, actually let's capitalize that (and bold it for fun), DEMAND for housing in the downtown area has caused Village Green to rethink the once proposed project and to also add eight stories to the development. It's a smart move on their part because this side of downtown has seen no new development even with such a demand for housing in the market. 

Jim Stanton was/is one of the first developers that has a development planned for this side of downtown with a new 17 story condo project planned for the corner of 8th street and Portland Avenue. Construction for that project is expected to be underway within a few months.

Visit our PROJECT PAGE for more information regarding this development including floor plans, renderings, and more!


Our View

It's great to see another housing project planned for the Downtown area as it really solidifies the growth for the area for quite sometime in the future. Plus, we're going to need every unit possible if we are going to meet our 70,000 downtown residents goal by 2025. Right now we're currently at a little over 30,000.

The design of the overall project we feel could still use a few iterations in order to produce the best overall product. In some ways the tower is currently reminiscent of some styles of 1970's architecture, which let's be honest hasn't faired too well to date.

Due to the rehabilitation of the Handicraft Guild building next door it would be nice to see historic elements of that structure brought into the new structure in order to have a common tie to the two buildings further than just the base of the structure.

Overall it's great to see some development popping up on the other side of Downtown. Hopefully this will be one of many firsts for Downtown West.