Uptown

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.

SEPHORA OPENING UPTOWN LOCATION

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Sephora will open their first Minneapolis location in the heart of Uptown come Spring 2018.

The new store will be located at Calhoun Square at 3001 Hennepin Avenue in a space that formerly housed an AT&T location. The ground floor retail space covers 4,411 square feet and has access from both the interior and exterior.

This marks a major land for Calhoun Square.

While the center underwent a renovation and relocation of its main entrance a few years ago when it was acquired by Ackerberg Group, it has still struggled to retain tenants within prime retail spaces on the corner of Hennepin and Lake Street along with some interior spaces.

However, recently the center seems to have struck gold, not only landing Sephora, but also Fig + Farro, a new restaurant that will open in January on the ground floor in the former Parella space. The center also became the new home for Roat Osha which took over the space on the second floor that was formerly home to Chang Mai Thai. 

While Sephora may be new to the neighborhood, it won't be the only beauty retailer that has set up shop. MAC has had a location for a number of years across the street at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, while the Urban Outfitters and Victoria's Secret locations directly across the street also carry beauty products.

Sephora currently has four freestanding locations within the Twin Cities, however there are 10 more locations found within various JCPenney locations in the metro.

Sephora plans to open in Spring 2018 at 3001 Hennepin Avenue in Calhoun Square.

Apartments planned for Girard Avenue South

A new apartment complex is in the works for the Lowery Hill East Neighborhood. If all goes according to plan ground could be broke by this spring and the building ready for occupancy by May 2016. 

DJR Architects is proposing a 40 unit, 4 story apartment complex called Girard Avenue Apartments at the 2800 block of Girard Avenue South. The half acre site lies between 28th street and the Midtown Greenway and would require the consolidation of four residential lots and the demolition of three homes. 

Various floor plans will be available throughout the building including two story two and three bedroom town home units on the first floor, along with studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units throughout the rest of the building.

Units on the fourth level of the building will also have a unique amenity as each will have exterior spiral staircases that lead to private roof top level terraces. There also will be a large roof terrace available for the entire building that is accessible by elevator. The project will be unique in the fact that residential amenities will not include a lavish lobby or workout room as many area projects have in recent years. 

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The ground floor of the Girard Avenue Apartments is planned to include walk up units each with a person porch and individual landscaped front yards. The building facade will include large areas of glass along with metal awnings. Each floor is intended to stand out in its own unique design character. Building materials will include masonry, stucco, metal and cement panels, along with metal balconies and awnings.

Parking can be tight in Uptown as is so the development will also include 55 enclosed parking stalls in an at grade garage along with an underground parking garage. Bike rakes will also be included with each parking space along with a general bike storage area for the entire building. 

A PROJECT PAGE for this project is coming soon.

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