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.


Luxury condominiums could soon rise near the heart of Uptown

If a local developer has their way a site that currently is a parking lot could soon be home to a new condominium building. Sam Black of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported earlier today on the plans by developer Jim Graves.

The site is located at 3041 Holmes Avenue right near the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 31st Street South. The site is located directly next to the building that houses Lucia's Restaurant  and is currently a surface parking lot and a duplex. If you're unfamiliar with Lucia's Restaurant well, to be honest that needs to change immediately. They are certainly worth a visit.

If you still can't quite pin point the area we are talking about let's talk about what's around it. Think of the area where Paper Source, CB2, H&M, Apple following us yet? The site is located on the block across from Calhoun Square down towards the end where Paper Source is. Basically on the very edge of the main retail corridor. If you still aren't sure there's a map at the bottom of this article.

Above: Rendering of the 6 story condominum building proposed by development Jim Graves. (Graves Hospitality and Collage Architecture)

Jim Graves is president of Graves Hospitality. His company plans to develop a 6 story residential building that would include only 9 condominium units. The units are to be "very, very, VERY high end" according to Graves and average about 3,000 square feet. The first floor would also include a restaurant with an outdoor patio.

Collage Architects is responsible for the design of the building which features a very modern exterior clad in what appears to be light brick and possible copper accents. The structure would be around the same height as the Solhem residential building located right down the block.

Graves did note that there is a 25 percent chance that building could become rental units but regardless residential units would be developed on the site. Which makes complete sense because what person wouldn't want to live in this neighborhood?

The plans for the project are set to go before the East Calhoun Community Organization on June 15th. If the project does go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission this summer there is a chance construction could start in the fall.