New Construction

NEW RENDERINGS RELEASED FOR UNITED PROPERTIES GATEWAY PROJECT

The time has finally come for United Properties’ Gateway mixed-use tower to rise and with that comes new renderings.

Site prep has officially begun at the site located at the corner of Third Street and Nicollet (or Washington Avenue S and Hennepin Avenue depending on how you look at it). What once was a full city block of surface parking will soon give way to a new 36 story mixed-use tower complete with office and retail space along with the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences.

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YEARS IN THE MAKING

If you’ve been following this project with us then you already know it has been in the works for years.

With the project going through a number of design changes throughout the years, and especially this past year, it had become somewhat unclear as to what the the final design might actually look like.

Well, good news. With the recent confirmation that the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences will open within the building we do know that the project will truly be mixed-use.

With those details having now been solidified United Properties has posted updated renderings of the project on their website and we’ve got them right here for you to feast your eyes on.

EXTERIOR DESIGN CHANGES

While much fo the building’s mass has stayed the same since its most recent proposals we do see a change in some of the exterior materials being used in the newest renderings. It now looks like that the tower podium (base) will be clad in what appears to be metal rather than what appeared to be stone in the previous renderings. The new renderings also show a slight increase in the use of glass within the podium area.

Overall the color tones have also been changed from what originally looked to be a warmer pallet to a much cooler palette of grays and chromes.

In the rendering below we also see the recently agreed upon port couture located off of Hennepin Avenue. This area will serve as the main entrance to the building.

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FLOOR BY FLOOR BREAKOUT

Now let’s take a moment to see how the space within the building shook out.

The ground floor, as mentioned above, will feature the port couture that will provide access to the lobbies for the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences, the office space and anchor tenant RBC Wealth Management, along with the retail space.

Three spaces have been designated as retail on the ground floor of the building. RBC will open a bank branch within a 2,150 square foot retail space facing S Washington Avenue. There is also a 5,428 square foot restaurant space and a 1,523 square foot retail space located off of Nicollet.

The second floor of the building will house back of house space for the hotel along with two skyway connections. One would lead to the Minneapolis Central Library and the other to Marquette Plaza.

Floor three of the building will be home to a 6,900 square foot ballroom, a junior ballroom, four meeting rooms, a board room, admin space, restrooms and pre-function space.

Floor four of the project will be home to the hotel amenities which will include an indoor/outdoor pool. a fitness center, large spa and large outdoor terrace complete with bar.

Floors five through 21 will be home to 532,340 square feet of office space. RBC Wealth Management will occupy 370,000 square feet of that office space, which makes them the anchor of the project. With such a commitment the company will also receive space for their logo at the top of the building facing the downtown skyline.

Floor 22 will be strictly mechanical space.

Floors 23-32 will be home to the Four Seasons Hotel and its 280 rooms.

Floors 33-36 will be home to the Four Seasons Private Residences which will feature 22 condo units. The smallest condo unit is planned to be around 1,700 square feet with the largest unit coming in at around 6,635 square feet. Every unit within the building will have access to one of two private outdoor balcony spaces. The largest unit mentioned above will also have a stunning 1,055 square foot terrace that has pristine views of the Mississippi River.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE GREEN SPACE

We’ve talked a lot about what is inside the Gateway project, but now let’s talk about whats on the outside.

The corner of S Washington Avenue and Nicollet will feature a large outdoor plaza with multiple seating areas, green spaces and art pieces. The space also will be adjacent to a large outdoor dining area for the restaurant space.

The plaza area was required to be left somewhat vacant so that if in the future the city of Minneapolis decides to construct the Nicollet Central Modern Streetcar system it can run through the site connecting Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue.

McGough is the GC for the Gateway project while United Properties is the developer. Completion of the Gateway project will begin to occur in late 2021 when RBC is expected to move into their new office space.

 


ARTSPACE PLANS AFFORDABLE ARTIST APARTMENTS

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Artspace is planning more affordable artist apartments in Minneapolis, this time in the Harrison neighborhood.

Northside Artspace Lofts will be built on a site that is currently home to a warehouse located at 221 Irving Avenue N. Once complete the building will stand 5-stories tall and will feature commercial space, amenity space and 100 affordable apartments for working artists.

The ground floor of the building will house the lobby, a 2,565 square commercial space, three art studios, two large common studios, a dance/exercise room and a large community room. Floors two through five will house the residential units. 104 parking spaces will be located on the ground floor and one underground level of the building.

Units within the building will range in size and will include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units.

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10 of the 26 three-bedroom units will be available to those with project-based section 8 vouchers. 70 of the units within the building will be available to households with an income at or below 60 percent of the area median income (AMI). 20 units within the project will be reserved for households within an income at or below 50 percent of the AMI and ten units will be reserved for households with an income at or below 30 percent of the AMI. 

Did you get all that? Message us if you’ve got questions.

One exciting aspect of the project is that the commercial space has already been leased to Juxtaposition Arts. They’re a local youth oriented non-profit visual art center that is known for their community collaborations, studio classes and workshops, public mural programs, art exhibitions and more. Talk about the perfect tenant for a project like this.  

The team working on Northside Artspace Lofts includes Collage Architects, Wellington Management, Artspace, LHB and Wenck.

Construction on the project is anticipated to begin later this year.

 

CUB READIES TO OPEN ITS SMALLEST STORE YET

A “new way to Cub” is almost here.

Cub Food’s first venture into a small format design officially opens on May 2nd. The new store is located at 4601 Snelling Avenue S on the ground floor of the soon to be completed residential development, Lowa46.

Cub Minnehaha will cover 46,000 square feet of space, half the space of a typical Cub store, and will feature a new interior design and a ton of new and exciting store features.

If you’ve been to a recently renovated Cub you’ve probably seen their Popcorn Shop which offers 7 different flavors of freshly popped popcorn. The Minnehaha location will also have that popular Popcorn Shop and even more including a Burrito Bar where you can order a custom burrito, bowl or salad and a Juicery that will offer freshly squeezed cold-pressed juices, infused water and made-to-order custom smoothies.

Other features within the store include a self-serve kombucha tap with five different flavors that you can get in a 16oz cup or a 32 or 64oz growler. The store will also feature a Refresh Shop that will serve Caribou Coffee and ice cream. The best part about that Refresh Shop is that it’ll have a walk-up window from the street which means you don’t even have to go inside to get some ice cream during those Summer months. A panini bar, sushi bar, hot food bar, fresh salad bar and a full-service meat and seafood counter will also be found within the store. Seriously, the list just goes on and on.

Now, even with the smaller footprint you’ll still find everything you’d find in a full size Cub. The difference? Instead of 20 types of mayo you might only find five. Maybe that’s for the better?

 Cub Minnehaha will have grand opening events all day long every weekend from May 2nd to May 19th. That burrito bar already has us planning a trip.  

 

AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR THE NORTH LOOP

A planned mixed-use project in the North Loop has made the switch from market-rate to affordable apartments.

The Redwell will be constructed on the corner of N 10th Avenue and N 3rd Street at 1000 N 3rd Street. The site is currently occupied by the Zuccaro’s Produce warehouse which will be demolished in order for the new building to be constructed.

The new building once complete will stand six stories tall and will feature 109 affordable apartments and 10,200 square feet of ground floor commercial space. In order to secure a unit within the building an applicant’s income will need to be 60 percent or less of the area median income.

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Schafer Richardson is the developer behind The Redwell. They have a number of complete projects within the North Loop and also were the developers who recently constructed a large parking ramp with ground floor retail space next to the site that The Redwell will occupy.

This isn’t the first proposal for the Zuccaro’s Produce site. Originally Schafer Richardson had proposed keeping the existing warehouse and adding two additional floors of office space to the building. Those plans never came to fruition and the company returned last year with the original proposal for The Redwell. At that time the project was proposed to include 129 market-rate apartments and roughly the same amount of commercial square footage.

UrbanWorks is the architectural firm that has been working on both proposals for the site. With the new proposal the overall design for the building has remained largely the same, however throughout the residential floors a few units have been combined in order to create 2-bedroom units (hence the decrease in the overall unit count).

A development with affordable apartments will be a welcome addition to the North Loop neighborhood especially after Dominium’s proposed conversion of the Duffy Paper building in affordable apartments fell through last year. 

Construction on The Redwell is anticipated to begin later this year.

 

EXPANSION PLANNED FOR CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

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A large expansion is planned for the Center for Performing Arts in the Kingfield neighborhood.

Located at 3754 Pleasant Avenue, the four-story, 23,319 square foot expansion would be attached to an existing three-story building that was constructed in 1923.

The Center for Performing Arts (CfPA) provides students, teachers, and performing artists with studio, dance, and rehearsal space. In addition, the center provides offices for creative and support professionals, a community garden, a residential floor and meeting space. The center has proved to be overwhelming successful since its creation which has created a need and demand for additional space. 

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Plans for the expansion include a new public entrance and “porch” to the center that would be provided off of 38th street. Running between the original and new building on the ground floor would be a large lobby. Located off of that lobby would a performance space along with a set of stairs at the back that would lead to the first floor of the existing building. The upper three floors of the expansion would be home to additional performance and rehearsal spaces along with offices. 

The exterior of the expansion would sport a modern design and would be clad in metal panel, concrete, fiber cement panels and wood. A large use of special metal paneling on the exterior will allow the building over time to rust to create a color that matches the masonry of the existing building, linking the two together buildings together in a unique way.

Alliiance Architecture is the firm working on the design of the project and Stahl Construction will act as the general contractor. 

The project will still need to go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission with construction likely beginning in 2020.

 

GOLF FOCUSED RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN THE NORTH LOOP

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Golf lovers, we’ve got a place you’re gonna love.

A new restaurant will be opening later this summer that will feature six state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators… and some food and drinks of course. Thr3 Jack (pronounced like Three Jack) will be opening on the ground floor of The Nordic located at 729 Washington Avenue N in the North Loop.

The space that they will call home will span just over 9,000 square feet and will be located towards the middle of the site in portion of the project that also has a parking ramp on the upper floors. The restaurant will have 200 seats indoors and another 50 seats on an outdoor patio that will face the new “park” like environment that United Properties is creating between The Nordic and the Loose-Wiles building.

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Lucy Robb and her brother Bo Massopust are the creative minds behind Thr3 Jack. The name for the restaurant comes from when a golfer has to take three putts into order to sink the ball into the green’s hole. The decision to locate within the North Loop was a no brainer for the duo as they feel that the neighborhood is where most of their target audience likes to spend their time.

While they don’t have a chef, yet they’ve recruited Nathan Rostance (previously with The Bachelor Farmer) to get the place up and running along with recruit a full-time chef to take over. Jesse Held of Jester Concepts (they’re the ones behind Borough, Parlour, Monello, Constantine, Mercado and P.S. Steak) will create the bar program that’ll focus on country club classics that have a twist and also no-proof cocktails (alcohol free).

Construction is already underway on the space that was designed by Minneapolis-based ESG Architects. The interior will sport a classic look with large uses of wood and will feature a long bar running parallel to the golf simulators.

Thr3 Jack is anticipated to open in August at 729 Washington Avenue N.

 

WORK BEGINS ON NEW MIXED-USE PROJECT

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Work on a new mixed-use project is underway at 1701 Nicollet Avenue. 

When complete the building which is being called “NiCo Apartments” will rise six stories above grade and will house 146 apartments and 7,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Apartment units will range in size from studios to two-bedroom units. Amenity spaces for residents will be provided on the second and sixth floors of the building and will include a fitness center, roof deck, dog washing station and more. 

What you can’t see in this photo is that the entire underground parking level has already been excavated. 76 private parking spaces will located on that level while 18 spaces will be provided on the ground level for the retail tenants.  

Yellow Tree is not only developing and building the project but they’ll also manage it once complete. DJR Architecture is responsible for the design of the project. 

NiCo Apartments are anticipated to be complete in Spring 2020. 

 

CONDOS PLANNED FOR THE NORTH LOOP

A vacant parking lot in the North Loop could soon be redeveloped into a ten-story condo building.

Located at 100 N 3rd Avenue and just steps from some of the North Loop’s best shopping, TMBR would stand 119’ tall and feature residential space, commercial space and underground parking.

Plans show the ground floor of the building being split between private residential amenity space and public retail space with the upper floors being devoted to 84 condos.  

Residents within TMBR would have access to a large lobby located off of N 3rd Avenue along with a fitness center, mail room and bike room. Units within the building would range in size and include one, two and three-bedroom units. A number of units within the building would also have access to large, and we mean large, private recessed balconies. 114 parking spaces would be located on three underground levels within the building along with a small recessed surface lot. Access would be provided by an existing curb cut along N 3rd Avenue.

Dwyer Oglesbay is the architect behind the design of TMBR which will be clad in glass and terra cotta. Downtown Resource Group (DRG) has been brought on to sell the condominium units within the building.

MORE NORTH LOOP RETAIL

Six different retail spaces covering 5,000 square feet would line N 3rd Avenue. The goal is for the retail space to become home to shops that will help strengthen the North Loop’s already vibrant shopping scene and also a newly vibrant block.

Just last year Paster Properties completed the restoration of a historic commercial building with ground floor retail space next door to the site that TMBR would be constructed on. The building is now home to Chicago-based Fairgrounds Craft Coffee and Tea and next month will also become home to a Lululemon location. An additional, unannounced, retailer has also signed a lease for space within the building.

TMBR will be presented for feedback to the Historical Preservation Committee today, March 19th, at 4:30pm.

 

NEW DETAILS ON PLANNED DOWNTOWN EAST TOWER

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New plans have been revealed for a proposed residential tower just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Ryan Companies has been working since 2014 on plans for a new tower that would rise on a small plot of land next to the Mills Fleet Farm parking ramp. When the ramp was constructed there were always intentions to also build a tower of some sort, whether that tower would be a hotel, office, or residential space was the question.

In 2018 Ryan Companies released plans for a residential tower that would be constructed on the site located at 710 S 4th Street. At the time a 25-story building was planned that would have included 245 apartments. One of the downfalls of that proposal was that there was no retail space planned within the project which many felt was a huge miss due to the site’s proximity to U.S. Bank Stadium.

UPDATED PLANS

New plans for a 305’ 24-story building will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission at their next meeting. With the new proposal more apartment units have been added to the development along with a small amount of retail space on the ground floor.  

In total, the building would house 342 apartments on floors 2-23 ranging in size from micro units to two-bedroom units. Floors 22 and 23 would also include penthouse units which are expected to feature larger square footages and upgraded finish packages. 120 parking stalls would be located on one level of underground parking and three above ground levels. 1,070 square feet of retail space would be also located on ground floor towards the middle of the building.

Residents would have access to a number of different amenities located throughout the building. The first floor would feature an expansive lobby along with a bike maintenance and electric scooter charging room, a pet spa and an outdoor pet run. Level two would feature leasing space, work space and more indoor amenity space. Level six of the building would include additional indoor amenity space along with a large outdoor amenity deck with a number of different sitting areas, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and walking trails. Last but not least, residents would have access to a top floor amenity level located on floor 24 which would include over 7,500 square feet of indoor amenity space along with a 3,400 square foot outdoor pool terrace.

Ryan Companies would develop the building and The Excelsior Group would own and manage the property once complete. Construction could begin later this year with an anticipated completion in 2021.

 

WORK UNDERWAY ON NORTH LOOP APARTMENTS

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Piling driving continues at a North Loop site that will soon become home to a six-story building.

River Loop Apartments is a new residential project currently under construction at 800 W River Parkway, a 2.5-acre site on the corner of Plymouth Avenue N and W River Parkway. When complete the building will be home to 218 luxury apartments that will range in size from studios to two-bedroom units. Two levels of underground parking will include 268 parking spaces for residents of the building.

Opus Group is developer constructing the project and ESG Architecture is responsible for the design of the building. Once complete, River Loop Apartments will be managed by The Excelsior Group.

Construction on River Loop Apartments is anticipated to be complete in spring 2020.

 

NORTH LOOP PROJECT RISES ABOVE STREET LEVEL

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As the first floor of concrete work nears completion, a new project within the North Loop prepares to ascend into the sky.

Second & Second is currently under construction at a site that was previously a surface parking lot at 128 N 2nd Street in the North Loop. The new mixed-use building will bring 158 apartments and 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail space to the neighborhood. Multiple levels of underground space will provide parking for both residents of the building and guests of the retail spaces.

Retail space and the residential lobby will be located on the ground floor of the building with the upper levels being home to apartments and resident amenities. A unique design element of this project is an outdoor plaza that will run centrally through the site. The “connector” will run at street level connecting N 2nd Street to what eventually will be the Foundry mixed-use project behind Second & Second.

Second & Second will sport a modern design and will stand six stories tall once complete. Snow Kreilich Architects designed the building, which will be clad in dark brick, metal accents and multiple illuminated elements. Weis Builders is the general contractor constructing the building and Colliers International is the broker marketing the retail space, which is available spaces between 1,100-14,000 square feet. 

Construction on Second & Second is anticipated to be complete in fall 2019.

 

BACON SOCIAL HOUSE TO OPEN IN MINNEAPOLIS

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Denver’s “Best Brunch and Dinner” is coming to Minneapolis.

Bacon Social House will open a 3,000 square foot restaurant at 700 S 3rd Street on the ground floor of the recently completed Canopy by Hilton hotel. The restaurant currently has one location in Denver and in 2019 is set to open two other locations in addition to the Minneapolis location, both of which will be in Colorado.

The eatery and bar has been given numerous awards and in 2018 was given “Westword’s Best of Denver” award along with Trip Advisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” and OpenTable’s “Diner’s Choice Award.”

 The menus consist of food that is prepared from scratch every day and made with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. The Brunch menu features pretty much everything one could wish for including eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, chicken & waffles and more. The dinner menu is also pretty great featuring items like shrimp n grits, burgers, Cuban sandwiches and buffalo cauliflower just to name a few.

Last but not least, Bacon Social House has two extensive drink menus for both brunch and dinner. Those menus are filled with a number of different cocktails, beer, margaritas and even mimosas that you can order by the “super carafe.”

Oh yeah, and we forgot to mention that you’ll be seeing a lot of bacon entrees scattered about the menu too. Let’s be honest, the place does have bacon in its name after all.

Bacon Social House is expected to open in May at 700 S 3rd Street.

 

DORAN'S 30-STORY TOWER IS OUT AND TWO SIX-STORY BUILDINGS ARE IN

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A mixed-use project planned within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District has seen a large design revision and that includes the removal of a 30-story tower.

Last month Doran Companies presented plans to the Heritage Preservation Commission for a large mixed-use development planned for the corner of University Avenue S and 3rd Avenue SE. Over 700 residential units would have been constructed within one six-story building and also a 30-story tower.

After concerns were raised by the HPC over the 30-story tower and the amount of materials used within the project Doran decided to revise the overall development.

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NEW PLANS

The revised plans now include two six-story buildings that would be located on the East and West sides of the site. 568 residential units would be constructed within the two buildings with the West building also including 4,300 square feet of retail space. Other revisions to the plans include changes to exterior materials and building massing in some areas.

The sizes of the apartments within both buildings would include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units with almost all featuring a private outdoor space of some sort.

Residents would have access to two massive outdoor amenity decks (one within each building) that would include pools, outdoor grilling spaces, lounge space, a pebble beach, and more. Amenities within each of the buildings would also be expansive including multiple fitness centers, game rooms, a golf simulator, a spa and more. Really, you’ve got to check the plans so you can see all that is planned.

Underground parking would be provided within each of the buildings.

CHANGE AT A COST

Doran has made it very clear that the feedback provided on their first proposal was different than the direction previously given to the developer. A few months ago, Doran presented three massing proposals for the site and asked for feedback on which massing proposal to move forward with. The direction given at the time was to move forward with massing for six story structures and one larger tower component.

With the new plans including nearly 200 units less Doran needed to increase the density of the units on site in order to support concrete construction costs. This required the removal of a planned affordable housing building that would have been located on the East side of the site. The developer had already been working with CommonBond Communities and has since then had to discontinue their partnership.

Doran’s revised plans will be discussed at the Heritage Preservation Commission’s March 5th meeting.

 

MIXED-INCOME HOUSING PLANNED FOR NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS

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A new mixed-scale, mixed-income and urban styled housing development has been proposed for a site in Northeast Minneapolis. 

Lander Group is the developer behind the project planned for 2301 California Street NE in the Bottineau neighborhood. The 2.6-acre vacant plot of land was previously home to a large grain silo that was demolished in 2018.

Plans for the project include a mix of both rental and ownership housing. Two clusters of buildings would be constructed on site with each cluster including a two-level and four level building.

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THE DESIGN

The two low-rise buildings fronting California Street would house 24 owner occupied townhomes with the larger four-story buildings housing 110 one-bedroom rental apartments.

Parking would be included on the ground level of both apartment buildings along with a surface parking lot located on the east side of the site. The townhomes would also have access to individual garages located behind each unit or at the back of the site.

One unique aspect of this project is that the whole development is anchored by a Community Green which will run in between the two clusters of buildings. This public space will serve both the new residents of Lander Group’s community along with the existing residents in the surrounding community. The space will feature plenty of green space, a play area and a community pavilion.

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP is the architecture firm responsible for the design of the project. They’re an award-winning firm based out of San Francisco and Denver that have worked on a number of Architecture and Urban Design projects throughout the country.

PRICING THAT DIFFERS FROM THE REST

80% of the apartment units within the project will be market-rate. One thing to note is that those market-rates are expected to be up to 25% lower than other recently completed market-rate properties within Minneapolis. The remaining 20% of apartments will be affordable units for those who earn 60% or less of the area median income.

The townhomes units will be marketed similarly to how the apartments are. 20 units will be market-rate while four will be affordable units for households earning 80% or less of the area median income.

Plans for 2301 California Street NE will be presented for feedback to the City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their February 28th meeting.

 

MIXED-USE PROJECT PLANNED FOR HISTORIC WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

A small site in the historic Warehouse District may soon become home to a new mixed-use building. 

“310 Lofts” is proposed for a site at 310 N 2nd Street. The angular site is located directly behind two historic buildings that Paster Properties renovated and restored last year that include retail and office space and is home to Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea.

In order to construct the new mixed-use building a historic building dating back to 1883 that is currently being used as a warehouse would need to be demolished. In its place plans show a new six story building that would be constructed. The building would include 59 residential units and 1,369 square feet of commercial space.

The building would be a mix of unit sizes including studios, one bedroom, one-bedroom + den and two-bedroom units. Four indoor parking levels, including one at grade and three underground, would provide 124 parking stalls for residents.

While the building is technically six stories above ground, it’ll span a total of ten stories which includes the underground parking levels and the roof deck. That’s actually the maximum number of floors allowed for a new building within the historic Warehouse District.

Tushie Montgomery Architects is responsible for the design of the project. It’ll feature a modern look that includes large balconies, expansive windows and a good amount of brick. That brick will help tie the design of building, even if modern, in with the surrounding historic structures. The developers of the project are listed as 310 Development LLC.

Plans for 310 Lofts will be presented for feedback to the Historical Preservation Committee at their February 19th meeting.

 

200 UNIT LUXURY APARTMENT BUILDING OFFICIALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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Work is underway on a new residential building located just steps from the shores of Bde Maka Ska.

LakeHaus will be located at 3100 W. Lake Street on what was previously was the site of a four-story office building that was constructed in 1953. The new 300,000 square foot residential building will be eight stories tall and include 200 luxury apartments. Units within the building will range in size and include studios, one-bedroom units and two-bedroom units. In addition, there will be five penthouse units located on the upper levels.

Developers Brickstone Partners, Inc. and KMK Capital LLC believe LakeHaus will become one of the most luxurious new apartment communities within Minneapolis.

Residents will have access to a number of different amenities throughout the building including a state-of-the-art fitness center, hot tub, saunas, top-floor clubroom and a large outdoor terrace complete with a rooftop pool. Additional amenities will include spacious courtyards, gourmet grilling stations, a luxurious lobby with a coffee bistro, guest suites, a car share service and even a communal sailboat for the use on Bde Maka Ska.

Designed by ESG Architects, the entire building will be constructed out of concrete and will feature floor-to-ceiling windows providing stunning views of Downtown Minneapolis and the adjacent lake. Two levels on underground parking will provide a total of 373 private parking spaces.  

The development of this project has been underway since 2015 when three different proposals were created for the site. The developers wanted to work with the surrounding community as much as possible in order to provide a quality project that would contribute to the fabric of the area. The three proposals varied in size from a low rise building that took up much of the site to a skinny tower that would have left more of the site open for green space. 

LakeHaus is anticipated to be complete in 2020.

 

17 STORY MIXED-USE PROJECT PLANNED FOR WASHINGTON AVE

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The construction boom on Washington Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis just keeps on going, and going, and going...but who's complaining? #notus

Today plan's were announced for a 17 story mixed-use project on what is currently a surface parking lot at 240 Park Avenue. The site has been owned by the Wilf family, also the owner's of the Viking's, since 2007. The Wilf family's company, Garden Communities, will be the developer for the project.

THE DESIGN

BKV Group is responsible for the design of the new building. The L shaped building will include 17 stories broken down into 6 stories of parking and 11 stories of housing with those upper floors will containing 201 market rate apartments. In addition, there will also be 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor fronting Washington Avenue.

The exterior of the project will be clad in brick with metal panel accents. The design was influenced by the neighborhood and the materials used on many of the historic buildings surrounding the site. What will be unique is the coloring of 240 Park's brick, it'll stray from the standard red brick which is commonly associated with historic structures and instead will be off-white with accents of grey brick.

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER

Garden Communities has developed similar projects across the country. Their projects are often designed with long-term tenants in mind and are known to include larger than average units along with unique amenities such as bowling allies and movie theaters. 

While exact details about what will be included in 240 Park have yet to be revealed it has been stated that there will be amenity deck on the 6th floor along with another amenity space on the 17th floor.

240 Park will go before the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association land use committee on Aug. 6 and will be presented to the city later this year. Developers hope to break ground next in Spring 2019 with a completion set for 2021.

 

800 WASHINGTON AVE S PROPOSALS REVEALED

Sherman's most recent proposal for a mixed-use project at 800 Washington Avenue S.

Round two. Here we go.

The City of Minneapolis issued a RFP (request for proposals) for a 0.56 acre site located at 800 Washington Avenue S back in April, today the proposals were revealed.

Before we start explaining the proposals let us tell you that it wasn't the first time the city was seeking development proposals for the site.

Mortenson's original proposal

Mortenson's original proposal

In 2015 the city also submitted a RFP for 800 Washington Avenue S and it received a number of proposals for the site. In the end the city chose a 10 story proposal from Mortenson that would have included a 235 room Hyatt Centric hotel along with 15,000 square feet of office space for the adjacent American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to expand into. However, those plans never came to fruition and shortly after Mortenson was chosen the company walked away from the site.

That brings us to today, a day in which the city of Minneapolis reveals the four proposals it received during round two, one of those proposals being from one of the original developers seeking to build on the site. Let's start with that proposal.

SHERMAN ASSOCIATES (MIXED USE PROJECT)

Sherman's 2015 proposal.

In 2015 Sherman Associates submitted a proposal for a 9 story mixed-use building with a 140 room Kimpton Hotel, 15,700 sqf of office space on the third floor for Sherman Associates new headquarters, and a 25,000 sqf Pinstripes bowling alley on the first and second floor. 

Sherman's 2018 proposal.

The proposal submitted the second time around looks somewhat similar on paper, however a shift from hotel rooms to apartments has occurred while the exterior design has also been updated.

This time around Sherman Associate's proposal is for a 10 story mixed-use building. The first and second floor would still include a Pinstripes bowling alley, the third story would still be home to office space, this time around space for the AAN, and the remaining floors above would instead be devoted to 112 apartments. 20 percent of the housing units proposed would be affordable units for those making less than 60% of the area's median income.

The estimated cost for the project would be around $54 million.

AECOM (MIXED-USE PROJECT)

AECOM, a developer based out of LA, has proposed a mixed-use project that would be eight stories tall. Little was given on the details of the project, however the building would house 76 for sale condo units along with office space for AAN on the lower floors.

More information should be available in the coming weeks about this proposal.

OPPIDIAN INVESTMENT COMPANY (COMMERCIAL PROJECT)

Based out of Excelsior, MN, Oppidian Investment Company has pitched a six to eight story building that would be entirely commercial. The goal would be to attract a large office tenant that would lease a majority of the space within the project.

Developers state the the building would be perfect for a company who is "image conscious" and a company that "values a human-scale building — not one for 20 tenants in a 250,000-square-foot building." 

Overall the Oppidian's proposal is expected to cost somewhere between $40-$60 million.

Oppidian is also currently developing The Capp, a mixed-use project under construction off of Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis. That project made the headlines earlier this year as it will be home to Cub Foods first ever small-format store. In addition to the 46,000 square foot grocery store, there will also be 3,100 sqf of additional retail space, 148 apartment units located on five of the upper levels of the project, and a public plaza.

45 NORTH GROUP (COMMERCIAL PROJECT)

A local startup firm based out of St. Louis Park is proposing a five story, 72,000 square foot building with ground floor retail space and offices on the upper floors.

45 North Group has stated that the building would be energy efficient, even qualifying as "net zero," meaning that the project would generate as much energy as it uses. This would be achievable due to an expansive set of solar panels planned for the top of the building.

No overall price for the project was given.

We'll have more information for the proposals mentioned above in the coming weeks.


 

THRIVANT FINANCIAL DEBUTS PLANS FOR NEW DOWNTOWN HEADQUARTERS

Another full block surface parking lot is about to disappear in Downtown Minneapolis thanks to Thrivent Financial.

Tuesday evening the non-profit company made public the plans for their new headquarters that would be located at the corner of S 6th Street and 5th Avenue S on the northern half of the block. Now, don't fret because you think only half of the lot is getting filled, there's plans for the other half that we'll get to later.

The new 8 story headquarters would not simply be JUST a headquarters for Thrivent, it would also be a space for the community. Included in the project on the first floor would be a coffee shop, chapel, and an art gallery with the upper floors holding Thrivent's offices.

Outside of the building on the corner of Portland Avenue and S 6th Street would be a pocket park complete with public art. Located just a bit south of the pocket park would be a coffee shop and also a grab-and-go cafe, both which would be open to the public.

With Thrivant being a non-profit company, they like to give back to community and do so in many different ways. They see this new headquarters as another way to give back to the community of Minneapolis. Once constructed they hope that the new building will be seen as an welcoming and iconic entry way into Downtown Minneapolis and a place for all to enjoy.

THE DESIGN

Designed by Minnesota based HGA, the building is meant to really embrace the neighborhood. Large amounts of expansive glass are used to provide a transparent space connecting the interior of the building to the outside surrounding neighborhood.

As mentioned above, the first floor of the project would include a chapel along with a meditation room, both of which are currently found within Thrivent's 17 story headquarters a block away. In addition, there would be a company art gallery.

Located on the skyway level would be a full service Thrivent Federal Credit Union that would be open to the public, similar to how Wells Fargo structured their new headquarters. The skyway would connect the Thrivent's headquarters to a planned mixed-use development on the southern half of the site along with HCMC on the east side of the site. In the future, Thrivent's headquarters would link to the greater Downtown skyway system as projects are built on the neighboring blocks.

ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Now, what exactly is planned for the southern half of the site that we keep mentioning?

Local developer Sherman Associates has drafted up plans for a 12 story, 150 unit apartment building to be located along 5th Avenue S. In addition, on the Portland Avenue side of the site there would be a 9 story, 120 room suite-oriented hotel. The exact brand of hotel has yet to be disclosed as Sherman Associates is still in the negotiation process.

Lastly, positioned between these two projects would be a two story building with a day care and fitness center, both of which are sure to prove popular with the downtown crowd. 

When looking at both Thrivent Headquarters and the Sherman development as one piece you might have noticed something, Minneapolis is going to see ANOTHER entire block of surface parking redeveloped. Does this remind anyone of maybe a currently under construction project just down the block?

If you're thinking of the redevelopment of the Kraus Anderson headquarters then you're spot on.

That project, which is in its final stages, saw the redevelopment of not only the KA headquarters building, but also the entire surface parking lot surrounding it which ended up being an ENTIRE city block. Today, if you drive by you'll find the brand new 5 story Kraus Anderson headquarters, a 17 residential building called HQ that opened this month, a 4 story Finnegan's brewery that is set to open later this month, and lastly, an under construction, 8 story, 165 room boutique hotel that will be part of Marriott's Autograph Collection called Elliot Park Hotel.  If you haven't seen this project recently, check out the webcam here.

Comparing that development to Thrivent's development we get pretty similar projects. Both include the redevelopment of a surface parking lot, the addition of a headquarters, a hotel, and a residential building. The only major difference? Instead of a brewery like the KA project, we'll get a fitness center and day care. 

Now, this is some progressive development that we're glad to see happening in Minneapolis. Let's keep it going, there's a lot of surface parking lots left to be conquered.

Construction is expected to begin in Summer 2018 with a completion in mid 2020.

 

39 STORY MILL DISTRICT CONDO TOWER PLANNED BY WORLD-RENOWNED ARCHITECTURAL FIRM

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Minneapolis. We're not screaming with excitement, you're screaming with excitement.

Meet Eleven, an ambitious and arguably iconic 39 story residential tower designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA).

Planned for a site that is currently a surface parking lot on West River Parkway within the Mill District, the building would be one of the largest and most expensive residential projects to be constructed in Minneapolis post recession.

Local Twin Cities developer Luigi Bernardi has partnered with Ryan Companies to develop the project.

THE DESIGN

Designed in an Art Deco style, the 39 story tower would site atop of a low rise podium that would house parking, rentable guest suites and office space.

The 101 unit tower itself would feature no more than five residential units per floor with the smallest being 1,600 square feet in size. In addition, the tower residences would only feature two bedroom and larger units, something of a rarity within the Minneapolis condo market.

It takes quite a bit of work to design not only a building, but one that can be iconic and more importantly, age well. That's just what RAMSA did.

In the last couple of years, Paul Whalen, a lead design architect and partner at RAMSA, spent quite a bit of time in Minneapolis in order to understand the city and it's architecture. In crafting the design for Eleven, he drew inspiration, scale and details from other buildings found within Minneapolis' historic and notable neighborhoods such as the Mill District and North Loop. Paul's responsible for a number of other iconic RAMSA buildings within the world such as 15 Central Park West in NYC and One St. Thomas Street in Toronto.

This would be the RAMSA's first project in the Upper Midwest and their third project within the Midwest overall. Their latest project in Chicago is called One Bennett Park. Currently under construction, once completed the 69 story striking residential tower will feature 400 apartments and 100 condominium units.

MINNEAPOLIS' NEW CONDO INVENTORY

While Eleven is the newest condo project to emerge on the Minneapolis housing scene, it isn't the only one planned around the banks of the Mississippi River. 

The Legacy, a 374 unit condominium project that reaches 17 stories at its highest point, is in fact under construction as we write directly behind the proposed site for Eleven on the River. That project, which will be complete in Fall 2018, has already sold over a quarter of their units.

In addition, there is a 40 story condo tower called "200 Central" that currently is being planned by developer Alatus on the Northeast side of the river. The site has been cleared for the project but a few legal battles from concerned neighbors had postponed the construction start. With those matters being addressed Alatus plans to begin construction later this year.

Now, don't let the setbacks of that last project concern you when it comes to Eleven on the River as this project is planned in a completely different area with completely different zoning requirements. Therefore it is very unlikely to hit any major snags in the development process.

COULD THIS PROJECT BE A REINCARNATION? 

Some might say that Eleven is a direct response to another of Ryan Companies previous planned condo projects. The plan, for two art deco towers (not designed by the same firm) ranging in height from 22 to 26 stories, proposed for a site in Edina adjacent to Southdale Center. Ultimately, that project was not approved by the City of Edina due to height concerns (keep in mind there is a 18 story Westin pretty much across the street). At that point Ryan Companies told city officials they would take their plan elsewhere, likely combining those two planned buildings into one single structure. Could this be a new form of the project? Potentially.

But let's be honest, if it is a reincarnation of that project then this is Minneapolis' gain and Edina's loss. If it isn't, well, you go Minneapolis' for landing this one. It's about time another world-renowned architect puts their stamp on Minneapolis and we couldn't be more excited for it to be Robert A.M. Stern and his firm.

We'll keep you updated on this exciting project once it begins to go through the City of Minneapolis' planning review. Interested in a unit? Visit www.elevenontheriver.com