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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.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Minnesota Vikings Stadium

It's time for a PROJECT UPDATE on what is currently the largest construction project in the state of Minnesota and one of the largest in the country. We're talking about the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis.

We took a few pictures (basically more than your development heart could desire) of the current state of construction at the new stadium. Last week a "topping out" ceremony was held marking the completion (for the most part) of concrete work at the site.

Above: Rendering of the concourse area. (Minnesota Vikings)

With concrete work slowing down work on the placement of steel trusses and beams is in full swing. The last pieces of HUGE steel trusses that will support much of the roof load are being put into place this week and next with the final piece being put into place next month (watch a video here). When the last of the steel trusses are put into place it will allow for work to proceed on the roof. 

Now of the roof of this stadium is not a typical roof. It is unique for more than one reason. However the biggest reason (and likely the one you'll notice most) is the fact that half of it will be transparent. This was a crucial element to the design of the overall structure as originally it was hoped that the stadium would include a retractable roof.

The clear roof will allow for stadium goers to experience what will feel like the outdoors... minus the rain. We should probably point out that the "glass" (it's actually going to be made from a material called ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)) will make it the largest roof of it's kind in the world. Yes, the entire world. The ETFE material will begin to be installed this month and will be completed in November.

Above: Rendering of the new stadium showing the translucent roof. (Minnesota Vikings)

The roof isn't the only thing that will gain the "largest in the world" title. If you look at the rendering above you'll see four pivoting glass doors. Those doors open to allow for the connection to the outdoors along with a perfect view of Downtown Minneapolis' skyline. Oh yes, they're also the largest pivoting doors in the world.

Work has been progressing at a rapid rate on the stadium. The 1.6 million square feet of space will be fully enclosed... with heat... by December. From there it will take roughly six more months to finish things up with a completion of the entire project expected about a year from now in July 2016.

Below are a number of construction pictures that are for your enjoyment. Take a moment to check them out, there's a lot.