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CHANGES MADE TO NORTH LOOP GREEN DESIGN
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Plans have changed slightly for a large mixed-use project planned for what is currently a surface parking lot in the North Loop.

Developer Hines is planning a “vibrant, high-density, transit-oriented, mixed-use development” they’re calling North Loop Green for a site located at 520 N 4th Street . The project will be the third and final phase of Hine’s Rail Yards Area redevelopment and is being designed by ESG Architecture and Design.

THE PROJECT 

The 3.4 acre site that Hines is developing is unique not only due to the fact that it is right across the street from the Twins stadium or for the fact that it is wedged between two elevated roadways, but it’s also unique as the site physically runs beneath those two roadways.  

In total, North Loop Green will include 450 residential units, 340,000 square feet of class A office space (some of that space will become ESG’s new headquarters), 20,200 square feet of retail space and approximately 590 enclosed parking spaces on four underground levels. 

The 20,500 square feet of retail space will all be located within the office building. 14,000 square feet of retail space will be located on the first two floors and another 6,200 square feet of retail space will be located on the 14th floor where the two buildings are linked via a skydeck. 

The residential units within the project will include 354 market-rate apartments and 96 short-term rental units. The exact sizes of the units have yet to be revealed but are anticipated to include studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

The first round of designs for the project went to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole in late July (if you want to see those plans click here) and now the developer is back with updated plans.

THE CHANGES

There have been a series of changes to the original plans that you may notice… or you may not. 

One large change to the residential building are that the height has been lowered to 35 stories (one story less) as one more unit was able to be fit onto each floor. The exterior cladding and composition of the residential building has also been updated to create a stronger connection to the surrounding North Loop architecture. The exterior will now include a much more solid façade which is planned to be clad in either precast or metal panels. More openings have also been added to the north and south sides of the building while the east and west sides have had their exterior cladding lightened and more transparency added.

When it comes to the office building the height has remained the same however the building’s floorplates were simplified, removing some exterior jogs on the western side of the building. In addition, the exterior of the office building was slightly updated and the ground floor retail space that is planned to be a restaurant was brought space closer to the 5th Street.

Last but not least, there were some changes to the public park area after stakeholder feedback was received. We have more information on what that part of the project will include below.

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THE GREEN

Remember that area we discussed earlier that will run beneath the two roadways? Hines has plans to construct a new public park there called “The Green.”

The Green will be located partially under the 3rd Street viaduct and partially under the 4th Street viaduct. The park will feature “community green space, a dog park, easy access to/from the Cedar Lake Trail for bicyclists and pedestrians, an area for food trucks” and more. The park will also include a nod to the historic past of the rail yards.

Before you begin to question if this park will see light of day due to its location under those viaducts, let us inform you that it park also covers the area between the two viaducts which is open to the sky. That area will be a flexible space for low-intensity activities and organized events. “A movable stage structure, with a railroad platform motif” will also be included and programmed for musical or theatrical events.

On the north side of the site there will be a small plaza with exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of the rail yards along with a small outdoor fitness plaza that will include outdoor exercise equipment. The developers plan to clad the area beneath the viaducts with “interesting and creative lighting and color.”

Now, let’s talk about that dog park.

The dog park will be located beneath the 4th street viaduct and will be available for use by residents and tenants of the buildings along with the general public (wahoooo). It’ll be fenced on all sides and will feature topographic features, seating for dog owners, equipment for cleaning and features that encourage dog amusement.

Being The Green will sit below street level there will need to be a way to get there from the area where the light rail is. In order to do so individuals will traverse a large plaza on 5th Street that winds through the site and eventually meets a “grand staircase.” That staircase extends from the upper level of the project that is at grade with 5th Street down the lower level where The Green will be located.

Work on North Loop Green is anticipated to begin in 2020 and be complete in 2022.

Plans for North Loop Green will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole this Thursday, September 26th at 4:30pm.

 

 

 

BOUTIQUE HOTEL PLANNED FOR HISTORIC NORTH LOOP BUILDINGS
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A new boutique hotel is in the works for the North Loop neighborhood. 

Located at 117 1st Street N, the hotel would be located within a mixed-use project that has been planned for a number of years.

The Commutator Foundry Development would include the demolition of two non-contributing buildings, the renovation/restoration of two additional buildings and the construction of a new building. The two buildings that would be rehabilitated include the historic Commutator Hotel and Foundry Buildings, both of which were built in the 1900’s and most recently were home to office space and retail space. 

Now, you might remember that there were plans for this site already that were proposed a few years back. Those plans included pretty much the same amount of ground floor retail space but also included office space on all of the upper levels.  

Since those original plans were proposed the developers were approached by an independent boutique hotel that was interested in the project. Luckily the developers were at the point of planning where they could make the switch from office space to hotel space. 

THE DESIGN  

In total, the entire project would be home to around 130 hotel rooms, 22,000 square feet of ground floor retail, restaurant and lobby space and a rooftop bar and restaurant with views of the Downtown skyline. Two levels of underground parking with 50 stalls will be also be constructed within the new building. 

Snow Kreilich Architects is responsible for the design of the project which needed to pay close attention to the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District Design Guidelines. With that being said they ensured the design of the new building included a defined base, middle, and top and that it was constructed as close to the street as possible in order to maintain the historic street wall.

The height of the new building will be six stories which is taller than both of the existing historic buildings. However, the new building has been designed in a way that the floorplates on the lower levels will match the height of the floorplates within the existing buildings allowing for seamless levels throughout all structures. The new building will be clad in a cast stone custom unit masonry along with an insulated clear glazing.  

Want to know an interesting construction tidbit? When construction is underway, 121 N 1st Street will actually be stabilized, and the structure moved off site temporarily while the underground parking is constructed. Once that is complete the building will be moved back to its original location.  Crazy huh? 

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THE HOTEL

At the moment it is unknown as to who the independent hotel is that is planning to open within the Commutator Foundry Development. 

Many rumors are swirling around that it could be a West Elm Hotel, especially since it was just announced that their retail store will be opening in a new development directly behind the Commutator Foundry project (you can read about that here).

However, we don’t think it is a West Elm Hotel at the moment and here’s why.

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It’s been a few years since West Elm announced they there were not only planning hotels across the country but that they were also planning one in the North Loop neighborhood. Things were going well for a while and planning was underway and at one point we even saw plans for their hotel to be constructed on the site of what is now an under construction mixed-use project across the street called “The Archive.” But then things got rough for the West Elm Hotels concept.

First, they were sued by the hotel management company that they were working on the projects with. The management company eventually walked away from the concept altogether which left West Elm without a hotel operator. 

It seemed like a new hotel management company could be secured but then another shocking announcement came last month when West Elm Hotels cancelled their Indianapolis hotel that was already under construction. And just this last week it was announced that the West Elm Hotel planned for Detroit was also put on “hold” with the future of the other planned hotels being in limbo.

Now, don’t let us kill all your hope for an ultra-trendy first of its kind hotel setting up shop in the North Loop. Maybe we will magically see the stars align and we’ll be the first place to become home to a West Elm Hotel… and maybe they won’t.

Plans for 117 1st Street North will go before the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission for review at 4:30pm later today. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in early 2020 and take 12 months to complete.

 
NORTH LOOP'S FIRST DISTILLERY TO OPEN LATER THIS YEAR

The North Loop is about to get its first craft distillery and cocktail lounge.

STILHEART will occupy two levels of space within a building located at 124 N 3rd Avenue. The building was constructed in the 1880’s and was recently renovated and restored by Paster Properties and is now home to Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea and Lululemon

Designed by Little Box Inc, the interior of STILHEART will feature a historic, yet modern setting with tall ceilings, exposed wood columns and beams and a number of sleek and eclectic furniture pieces. The space will include not one, but two bars (one on each level) and multiple seating areas.  

16 unique tap cocktails will be offered including twists on classic cocktails and a number of modern cocktails. In addition, STILHEART will serve low and no-proof drinks along with a limited number of drinks that were created in partnership with Bittercube Bitters.

The new distillery concept is being developed in partnership with Bittercube Bitters and Lawless Distilling Co.

Kirsten Karnitz will be the individual heading up STILHEART, she previously was with Lawless Distilling Co. and earlier this year left to work on the new venture. Jeff Fricke will be brought on board as the Head Distiller while also continuing to lead distilling operations at Lawless Distilling Co. In 2020, Lawless will focus on growth initiatives that include a site expansion and, in the future, will collaborate with STILHEART.

B2 Builders has already begun construction on STILHEART with work anticipated to be complete before the year’s end.

 

 

 

EXPO PROJECT NEARS FINAL HEIGHT
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It’s almost time for the topping out ceremony at the Expo.

The 26-story mixed-use project is currently under construction at 200 University Avenue SE and is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2020. The building is being constructed on an entire city block that was previously a parking lot in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood.

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View of the high-rise from University and 2nd

When complete, the building will feature a high-rise and low-rise block of apartments. The six-story “U” shaped low-rise portion of the building topped a few months ago and work is currently underway on cladding the exterior. The high-rise portion of the project, located at the corner of University Avenue SE and 2nd Avenue SE, is being built with pre-constructed wall panels that are pre-cladded, meaning no additional cladding work needs to occur.

3,176 square feet of commercial space is being included in the project at the corner of University Avenue SE and 3RD Avenue SE. The project is being constructed around an enclosed parking structure that will have space for 400 vehicles and 583 bikes.

Apartments within the project will range in size and will include studio, alcove, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den and three-bedroom units. Each unit will include “granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, full size washer and dryers, expansive windows, solid core doors, framed mirrors and expansive closets.”

Eight two-story and four single level walk-up units will be located along 2nd Avenue SE, 2nd Street SE and 3rd Avenue SE. Those units will have private patios while many units throughout the rest of the building will have private balconies. A number of units on the third-floor will also have private patios facing the interior amenity deck.

Residents of The Expo will have access to a multitude of amenities. Those amenities will include a bike lounge and repair station, a large ground floor lobby, an expansive fitness center with a group fitness area, indoor spa and sauna, a craft/DYI room, a game room with golf/sports simulator, a coffee bar, a theater room, a pet space, entertainment suites and community rooms. The sixth floor of the low-rise building will also include a 2,000 square foot entertainment suite with a private rooftop terrace. Last but not least, residents will also have access to a sky deck located on the 25th floor of the building that will feature both indoor and outdoor lounge space along with a large outdoor dog run.

Plans for the outdoor amenity deck

Plans for the outdoor amenity deck

However, those are just the indoor amenities.

When it comes to the outdoor amenities residents will have access to grilling stations, a putting green, bocce ball courts, an outdoor pool and a number of different areas for lounging and socializing.

Doran Companies is playing a number of different roles when it comes to Expo as they are not only are developing and constructing the project, but their company also designed the building and will manage it once complete.

Expo is located at 200 University Avenue SE and is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2020.

 
AFFORDABLE AND MARKET-RATE HOUSING PLANNED FOR W LAKE STREET
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What originally was a two-phase residential project on W Lake Street already has a third phase planned.

Lupe Development Partners presented plans earlier this month for a seven-story mixed-use building at 520 W Lake Street. The project would be built directly next door to the twin phase one (currently under construction) and phase two projects that the developer already has planned.

However, before both phase two and phase three can be built they both need to still be approved by the city. Here’s what planned for both those phases.

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THE SECOND PHASE 

Phase two would be constructed at 510 West Lake Street and would include a 6-story residential building that essentially mirrors the design of phase one exactly. The building would include 111 units of affordable workforce housing which would be the same amount of affordable workforce housing as what is included in phase one.

In addition to apartments, the building would have ground floor walk-up townhome units located on along Harriet Avenue, 1,000 square feet of retail space, a fitness facility, business center, clubroom, bicycle maintenance/repair room and other community spaces.

56 enclosed parking spaces would be located on the ground floor and one underground level of the building.

A number of green initiatives would also be featured in the project including a green roof and a 40 kW Solar PV collection system that would power the common areas within the building.

THE THIRD PHASE

Located directly next to phase two will be phase three.

Phase three would be a seven-story building with 92 market-rate apartments along with 2,600 square feet of ground floor retail space split into three different spaces. 44 parking spaces would be included on one above ground and one underground level.

Units within the building will include studios, alcoves, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Residents would have access to a large ground floor lobby, a bike room with space for 81 bikes, a second level outdoor courtyard and indoor clubroom/lounge, and last but not least a seventh-floor sky lounge with views of Downtown Minneapolis.

Construction on phase three would occur at the same time as phase two and would begin in May 2020. Both projects are anticipated to be complete in late 2021.

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AFFORDABLE WORKFORCE HOUSING DETAILS

When it comes to phase one and phase two, income restrictions will be applied to those individuals who wish to live within the buildings. 

99 units will meet the 50% AMI (area median income) requirement with around 20 of those units being set aside for those who meet a 30% AMI requirement. Those units will serve homeless veterans and/or county homeless clients.

All three buildings were designed by ESG Architecture & Design and will be constructed with the same construction program and quality meaning residents won’t notice the difference between the affordable workforce and market-rate units.

The reason that not all three phases include affordable workforce housing is that the developer wanted to present an opportunity for those who might live in the workforce housing and eventually surpass the income restriction. The third phase of market-rate apartments would give an option to those would like to remain in the neighborhood when their income becomes too high to live in the affordable workforce housing.

Plans for 520 W Lake Street went before the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole for feedback at their August 22nd meeting. The project will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission for approval later this fall.

 
DEVELOPERS PLANNING THIRD RESIDENTIAL PROJECT IN THE SHERIDAN NEIGHBORHOOD
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A trio of local developers have a third project in the works for Northeast’s Sheridan neighborhood.

Solhem and Perkins | Levins are currently planning a four and a half story building on what is today three sites located at 306, 310, 314 and 318 13th Avenue NE. The new building would include 108 market-rate apartments along with one at grade and one underground story of parking featuring 102 parking stalls and 120 bike racks. Some of the parking stalls within the building would be reserved for existing commercial businesses surrounding the property.

The ground floor of the building would include the lobby, three live/work commercial units, bike storage and 39 interior parking stalls. The lower level of the building would include an additional 63 stalls of parking along with more bike storage. Floors two through five would be home to residential units that would vary in size including alcoves, one-bedroom, one-bedroom + den, and two-bedroom units. 

Amenities within featured within the project are a fifth-floor rooftop patio, along with commons areas on the ground floor. Multiple units within the building would have private balconies and eight of the units located on the fifth floor would have private walk out patios.  

The developers are interested in constructing the project on the four sites due to their proximity to a high trafficked transit corridor and a thriving neighborhood.

THE DESIGN

Momentum Design Group is responsible for the design of the building which pays close attention to the surrounding 1920’s commercial buildings within the neighborhood. Multiple buildings surrounding the site were taken into consideration when planning the cladding of the new building including the type of brick used, the storefront patterns and the unique elemental details found on the facades.

The building is planned to be clad in cement lap siding, cement panels, metal panels, brick and burnished CMU. The ground floor would also include an art mural on a wall adjacent to the apartment lobby entrance.  

While the new building would stand significantly taller in height than the adjacent buildings, the structure is planned to have a steeped façade along 13th Avenue NE that would allow for a better transition. The new building’s fifth floor would be set back in order to tuck it away from street view and the south side of the building would also step down to four stories in order to better connect with the residential properties behind the building.

A BRIEF HISTORY

This isn’t Solhem and Perkins | Levin’s first project planned for the Northeast neighborhood. Just two blocks away they have proposed two additional residential buildings that would bring nearly 300 residential units to the neighborhood (you can read more about those projects here).

Still in Northeast, but located closer to Downtown along Central Avenue, Solhem is currently developing another residential project called “Gibson” with a different developer, TE Miller Development. When that project is complete it will include 159 apartments on what formerly was the site of an auto dealership. Across the river both developers are also currently constructing “OxOp”, a mixed-use building located along Washington Avenue in the Mill District that will include 153 apartments and a ground floor art gallery. Last but not least, both developers are also currently constructing a project in the North Loop called “The Archive.” It’ll be home to 198 apartments, ground floor commercial space and three levels of underground parking. All three projects are anticipated to be complete in 2020.

Plans for the 13th Avenue Apartments were presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole last Thursday, August 22nd for feedback. Plans are expected to go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission for approval later this Fall.

Solhem and Perkins | Levin hope to begin construction on the 13th Avenue NE Apartments this Winter with work anticipated to be complete in Fall 2021.

 

IT'S OFFICIAL, WEST ELM IS OPENING IN THE NORTH LOOP.

Years after announcing their intent to open a store in the North Loop, West Elm has finally found a home.

The modern home furnishings retailer will open their second Minnesota location at 128 N 2nd Street on the ground floor of Second & Second, a new mixed-use project that will feature 156 apartments, 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and two levels of underground parking. Currently West Elm’s only Minnesota location is located on France Avenue in Edina.

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The North Loop store will be located on the SE side of Second & Second and will face Velo Apartments and the Maverick townhomes. In total, the store will cover 11,000 square feet of space which tends to be around the average new store size for West Elm stores.

The company announced that they were planning a North Loop store in 2017, shortly after they announced they were planning a West Elm Hotel within the North Loop. 

Originally that West Elm Hotel was intended to be constructed where “The Archive” apartments are currently being built. Later rumors emerged that the West Elm Hotel would be constructed as a part of the Foundry redevelopment which happens to sit right behind the Second & Second development. Right now, leasing documents state that that area is labeled as being home to a “boutique hotel” in the future. Whether that means it will be a West Elm Hotel or not is now largely in question.

The reason why? Unfortunately, earlier this year West Elm cancelled their plans for their first West Elm Hotel which was to be located in Indianapolis. Since then the West Elm Hotel website has been taken down and we have not heard any news on the future of the planned Minneapolis hotel.

Even with that uncertainty of Minneapolis getting a West Elm Hotel, at least we can confirm we are getting a West Elm store, right? Also, we kind of predicted this last year.

Construction bids for the new store are due on 09/11/2019 with construction expected to begin in October. West Elm is expected to officially open the doors to their brand new North Loop location in February 2020.

 
DEVELOPER EXPLORING PLAN FOR 25-STORY MIXED-USE PROJECT IN DINKYTOWN
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Planning work is underway on what could become a 25-story building in the heart of Dinkytown

Developer CA Ventures is currently exploring two different development options for what today is four parcels of land located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 15th Avenue SE. The site where the new tower would be built is currently home to six different businesses including Five Guys, Himalayan, Pagoda, McDonald’s and Dinkytown Wine and Spirits.

We do want to mention before you students begin to freak out over the loss of not only McDonald’s, but also Dinkytown Wine and Spirits, that it is very likely that many of the displaced businesses would find a new home within the ground floor retail space of the new building.

Now let’s get on to the details. 

TWO OPTIONS

The first option (option A) that developer CA Ventures is exploring is a 25-story building that would feature a slender design. The small floorplates, many of which would only be 13,000 square feet, would allow for the building to take up less of the full site as it rises which also means that it would also be less visible from the street level.

The second option being explored (option B) would be for a 16-story building that would feature a mezzanine and larger floorplates. Due to the fewer number of floors, the floorplates within this option would need to be around 26,000 square feet each in order to make the project feasible. This would result in a building that would need more articulation and relief along its facades (just think of a more complex facade) in order to break up the overall mass.

Long story short, option A would be a slender, taller tower with a smooth facade and option B would be a shorter, chubbier tower with a varied facade.

THE DESIGN

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CA Ventures is working with Minneapolis-based ESG Architecture and Design to design the new building. They’re presenting their schematic plans to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their August 22nd meeting for feedback. Once that meeting occurs ESG will continue to refine the design of the project further.

When design work continues on the project it will be quite interesting to see what the final design for the project ends up actually being. The reason why is that all four sites that are to be redeveloped as a part of the project are not part of the DInkytown Historic District, hence why the tower could stand 25 stories to begin with. However, even with the project not having to abide by the strict design guidelines it likely will still draw inspiration from the historic buildings surrounding the site.

When it comes to the size of the project, ESG and CA Ventures have pulled together a large amount of data from the following plans in order to influence the decision to go taller rather than the standard six stories found elsewhere in the neighborhood.

  • Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Master Plan (Small Area Plan), 2014

  • 15th Avenue Southeast Urban Design Plan, 2008

  • Dinkytown Commercial Historic District Design Guidelines

  • Granary Corridor Study

  • The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

  • Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The data pulled from these plan studies state that an “iconic sense of arrival and entry point to Dinkytown” has been desired to be created for a number of years. In addition, a need for density has been mentioned multiple times due to the decrease in available land parcels in the surrounding area and the proximity of the neighborhood to the University of Minnesota campus. Lastly, the area where the project has been proposed has been mentioned numerous times within the plans as an area that should support a high-rise mixed-use tower.

CA Ventures is using these findings to further back their plans for a large mixed-use project on what today is a site filled with multiple low-rise buildings.

NEXT STEPS 

Preliminary plans for the two redevelopment options for 407 15th Street SE will be presented for feedback to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their meeting this Thursday, August 22nd at 4:30pm.

We’ll be sure to post more information on what option is recommended right here on our website once it becomes available and of course we will also be sure to post the final design once it becomes available.

Check out our Instagram story today (08.20.2019) to vote on which option you think should move forward.

 
200 APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR NORTH LOOP'S DUFFEY PAPER BUILDINGS
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A Chicago developer has some big plans in store for the C.J. Duffey Paper buildings in the North Loop. 

Cedar Street Companies is planning a restoration of the six-story Minneapolis Iron Store Building (528 N. Washington Avenue), the Minneapolis Iron Store Warehouse (520 N. Washington Avenue) and the Lindsay Brothers Warehouse (508 N. Washington Avenue).

When complete the three buildings will contain 200 market-rate apartments and 19,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. According to the plans the project will be called “The Duffey Lofts.”

The residential units within the buildings will include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom layouts. At the moment 147 (74%) of the units will be studios, 47 (23%) will be one-bedroom units and just 3 (1.5%) of each of the two and three-bedroom units will be included. The final shake out of those unit numbers could change as the design/planning of the project is further completed.

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Residents would have access to multiple amenities on one underground level, one at grade level, level four and level seven (we’ll get to that in a second). One unique amenity space that would be found within The Duffey Lofts would be the 4,116 square foot crane room which features a completely intact large overhead industrial crane.

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When it comes the mentioned seventh floor that’s something that the developers are proposing to construct on top of the Minneapolis Iron Store building. That floor would be home to an outdoor lawn and lounge space, a clubroom and residential units that each would have their own private outdoor space. 

84 parking stalls would be included within the project that would be located both indoors and outdoors. Space for parking would be found indoors on one underground level and one at grade level along with an exterior surface parking lot.

THE DESIGN

Construction was completed in 1916 on the Minneapolis Iron Store buildings and the Lindsay Brothers Warehouse. All three buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places which means the developers and architects needed to pay particular attention to the past when designing The Duffy Lofts. 

While the exteriors would be restored to look as close as possible to their original design, the developers would also rebuild a large sign that adorned the top of the roof of the Minneapolis Iron Store Building in the past. The sign, which would face downtown, likely would say “Iron Store” as that is what is most likely said in the past. It also looks like the developers are proposing another sign in the same fashion along Washington Avenue that will say “The Duffey Lofts.”

As mentioned earlier, the developers are also planning to add a rooftop to the Minneapolis Iron Store building. Being this new structure would be an addition to the historic structure they wanted to ensure it was out of sight from the streetscape. Plans for the rooftop have it slightly set back from the Washington Avenue façade in order to protect the historic look of the building.

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THE PREVIOUS PROPOSAL

Now, if you remember back to late last year another developer had a proposal for these same buildings.

Dominium, that nation’s second largest affordable housing developer, was planning on converting all three structures and building a fourth structure that in total would have included 210 units of affordable housing. However, after Dominium and the City of Minneapolis were unable to come to terms on the long-term affordability of the units the developers cancelled the project.

Dominium worked with BKV Group to design their proposal and so has Cedar Street Companies which is why the overall exterior design for the project hasn’t changed much. 

One major thing that was missing from Dominium’s proposal that is included in Cedar Street Companies proposal is ground floor retail space. Many felt that ground floor retail space was a requirement for the redevelopment of these buildings as they not only cover almost an entire city block, but they are also located in the heart of the North Loop’s retail and restaurant scene.

There is one other difference when it comes to Dominium’s plans and Cedar Street Companies plans. Dominium was proposing to construct a seven-story residential building on what today is a surface parking lot to the right of the existing buildings. Cedar Street Companies is proposing to keep that surface parking lot and is planning for it to include 31 parking spaces. As a part of keeping the surface parking lot the developers would completely repave the lot, add a vegetated planting buffer and also a low decorative fence in order to help separate the lot from the active streetscape.

Last but not least, when it comes to the insides of the buildings we could go on and on about the differences between Dominium’s plans and Cedar Street Companies. However, the plans are pretty complex and as much as we’d love to include 100 pictures within this post and twenty more paragraphs of text, we are instead just going to link the current plans here.

NEXT STEPS

Cedar Street Companies plans for the Duffey Paper buildings have already been presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole. Updated plans in regards to the feedback will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission for approval in the coming weeks.

We’ll be sure to post more about this project and any updates that are going to be made to the plans right here on our website.

 
NORTH LOOP FOOD HALL ANNOUNCES FOOD VENDORS (AND AN OPENING DATE)
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Graze Provisions + Libations has officially released their lineup of food vendors (and an opening date) and we think you’re going to love what they have in store.

Graze will officially open the doors to their brand new, two-story 14,000 square foot food hall on Friday, September 6th. The food hall is located at 520 N 4th Street in the North Loop neighborhood and was built upon a site that had sat vacant since the Bookmen Stacks were built in 2005. You can find more information on the building and what it will include be visiting an earlier post of ours here

So, who exactly will the food vendors be? Here we go.


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Honey & Rye Bakehouse, the delicious bakehouse located in St Louis Park, will open their second location in Graze. Honey & Rye bakes artisan breads and pastries daily that are comprised of local ingredients that highlight the changing seasons. The “Everyday Menu” includes multiple types of bread, food such as quiche, sandwiches and salad, pastries like scones, croissants and monkey bread and desserts (think bars, cookies and pies). They also serve a number of delicious coffees and teas which has us guessing that they will be the vendor to fill the ground floor corner space that features a walk-up window. Talk about the perfect addition to your morning commute.


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The wildly successful Midnord Empanada Truck will open their first brick-and-mortar space within Graze. Their menu includes a number of different types of empanadas like chimichurri chicken, Cuban pork, rueben, buffalo chicken and even a mac and cheese empanada called the “Mac Attack.” MidNord also serves freshly made salsas and chips and word on the street is the Graze location will also serve churros. Are we in a food a coma already?


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Say hello to Soul Bowl. Chef Gerard Klass’ reimagined urban soul food is sure to be a hit at Graze. The menu consists of flavorful, healthy and eye-catching entrees that are pork free and also includes a number of vegetarian/vegan entrees. In many ways, think of the Soul Bowl as the soul food version of Chipotle. You start with a base (mash, mac & cheese, cornbread dressin’ or yellow rice), the choose a veggie (greens, sweet corn, black eye peas, candied yams) and last but not least you choose a meat (smoked chicken, friend chick, braised beef, veggie dinner roast). The menu also has things like a fried chicken sandwich, smoked deviled eggs, lemon pepper mahi mahi and more. We just drooled on our key board.


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Craving tacos? Flagsmash will have you covered. They’ll also be opening their first brick-and-mortar store within Graze next month. Flagsmash “is a celebration of tasty food from around the world, crammed into a tortilla.” Now don’t expect your typical tacos from this place. Owner Jaime Gonazales motto is “If it tastes good, put in a taco.”


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How does some delicious roast beef prepared over a charcoal fire sound? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll find at Carbon Coal-Fired Pit Beef. Now this vendor we don’t have a ton of information on at the moment but what we do know is that they are already serving some delicious meat around the city. We can’t wait to see what they have in-store for their brick-and-mortar location at Graze.


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In need of some Sushi and Ramen? Have no fear because you’re getting two food vendors for this category at Graze. FishBowl Poke and Ramen Kazama will share a single booth and will offer poke bowls during the spring and summer months and then in the fall and winter they’ll switch over to ramen. FishBowl Poke currently has a location on W 34th Street in Minneapolis while Ramen Kazama has two locations in Minneapolis with one being located on Nicollet Avenue and the other on Como Avenue.


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Last, but absolutely not least, is Minneapolis’ BEST sandwich shop (literally voted that by People Magazine this year) … Lu’s Sandwich. That’s right, they’ll be opening their FOURTH (if you count the food truck) Minneapolis location within Graze. The North Loop location will be a little different than the others though as instead of serving sandwiches… they’ll serve banh mi burgers and bowls along with spring rolls and eggs rolls. We can’t wait to try one of their burgers because let’s be honest, if they’re anything like the sandwiches we are going to be in banh mi heaven.  


Whew, we did it. We got through the list of amazing, LOCAL food vendors that will be setting up shop at Graze Provisions + Libations. Now, let the countdown to September 6th begin.

 
36-STORY TOWER PLANNED FOR THE NORTH LOOP

A parking lot adjacent to the Twins Stadium is set to become home to a large mixed-use development. 

Houston-based Hines has revealed that they are planning a new development called “North Loop Green” on the site located at 350 N Fifth Street in the North Loop neighborhood. The development would include a 36-story residential building and a 14-story office building.  

The 36-story building would be home to 450 rental apartments. Those units would be split into two different types with 360 of them being market-rate apartments and another 90 being short-term rental apartments. Each apartment type would have their own designated lobbies but both would share the same amenities.

The 14-story building would be home to 340,000 square feet of office space and has actually already landed a tenant for a portion of that space. ESG Architecture & Design, the firm who also designed the project, has committed to move their entire office of 175 employees from their current space on Washington Avenue to the new office tower once complete in late 2022.

ESG was selected by Hines after a national search due to their understanding of Minneapolis and the number of projects they have completed within the city. North Loop Green is ESG’s largest project that they have worked on to date.

When it comes to the design of North Loop Green it was designed with transit and density in mind. Hines hopes that the site can be an “urban oasis” for travelers coming from the Blue and Green light rail lines, the Northstar Commuter Rail and the Cedar Lake Trail

A new “grand staircase” along with pathways and plazas will be built within the site that will connect it to the Cedar Lake Trail below. A large plaza will be located in front of the two towers that will feature gathering space for the community. 15,000 square feet of retail space will be located off of this plaza on the ground floor of each building.

When it comes to the designs of the buildings Hines wanted to ensure that characteristics from both the North Loop and the Downtown Central Business District where both included. ESG therefore designed the buildings to feature clean and crisp silhouettes that draw from many of the designs of skyscrapers in the CBD while also featuring handmade design elements inspired by the North Loop. 

One unique design element of North Loop Green will be an “amenity bridge” that spans between the two buildings. Due to the taller floor-to-floor heights in the office building the bridge will connect on the 17th story of the residential building and the 14th story of the office building. Within the bridge there will be 5,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space to house a restaurant and bar that will have stunning views of the downtown skyline.  

Hines has owned the site where North Loop Green will be constructed since 2012. The site is part of a 6 acre-parcel of land where Hines has already developed two phases with the first being Dock Street Flats and the second being the T3 office building. 

This also isn’t the first proposal that Hines has had in the works for 350 N Fifth Street. Back when The Development Tracker first began Hines was exploring another two-tower proposal that would have included two 20-story buildings. One of the buildings would have included office space while the other had not been determined at the time. You can see that proposal here.

Hines will submit their plans for North Loop Green to the city of Minneapolis and the North Loop neighborhood later this week. The project still will need to go through all of the formal city review processes which means construction most likely wouldn’t begin until Spring 2020 at the earliest.

We’ll be sure to post more information right here on our website about this exciting project as it becomes available.

 
RAND TOWER TO BECOME BOUTIQUE MARRIOTT TRIBUTE HOTEL
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Downtown Minneapolis’ Rand Tower will see new life as a boutique hotel. 

Maven Real Estate Partners has announced that they will transform the 26-story building located at 527 S Marquette Avenue into Minnesota’s first hotel under Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio flag. An $86 million renovation will reposition what is currently office space into a 277-room, four- and half-star hotel called the Rand Tower Hotel.  

As we mentioned, the hotel will be part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio. Now, what exactly does it mean when a hotel is part of the Tribute Portfolio?

Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio is a group of independent boutique hotels that are each unique and influenced by their surrounding areas. Their properties offer elevated experiences, curated services and an overall stay that is second to none. Currently there are 23 Tribute properties within the United States with a number of other locations spread throughout the world. Minneapolis’ Tribute hotel will pay homage to the history of the Rand Tower.

The Rand Tower was completed in 1929 and is now 90 years old. When the building when constructed it was one of the tallest structures within the city of Minneapolis, that is until one year later when the Foshay Tower was constructed and surpassed the Rand Tower in height.

The Rand Tower was designed for Rufus R. Rand by Architects Holabird & Root. Rufus was a pilot in WWI and WWII and was also a member of the family that owned the Minneapolis Gas Company (now CenterPoint Energy).

Holabird & Root designed the building in an Art Deco style. One of the prominent architectural features within the building is a large sculpture in the lobby entitled “Wings.” The sculpture was created by Oskar J. W. Hansen who also created the sculptures for the Hoover Dam.

In 1994 the Rand Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places which means when it comes to the renovation the Developers, Architects and Designers needed to pay the attention to the details. 

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Minneapolis-based ESG Architecture & Design along with The Gettys Group are both working on on the design work for the renovation which will pay particular attention to the Art Deco styling of the building. Terrazzo floors in the lobby, detailed enameling and other historical architectural elements will remain while a touch of modern is also added.

While the renovations will see floor after floor of office space turned into hotel rooms it will also see the addition of a restaurant and bar which be located on the fifth floor.

The restaurant and bar on the fifth floor will include indoor and outdoor space. A new 2,315 square foot outdoor patio that will feature a retractable glass roof will be constructed on top of the fifth floor annex. The retractable roof will be able to fully open during the warmer summer months and will be able to close in the winter to protect guests from Minnesota’s harsh winters.

 When complete the Rand Tower Hotel will be managed by Oxford Capital Group. The Chicago-based company has a number of luxury hotels spread across the country including the Langham Chicago and LondonHouse Chicago.

The conversion of the Rand Tower is anticipated to be complete in December 2020.

 
800 WASHINGTON PROPOSAL GROWS IN SIZE
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AECOM’s proposal for a vacant site at 800 Washington Avenue S has grown in size.

Plans were revealed last year for a block long eight-story mixed-use building with a skinny rectangular footprint that would include retail, office and residential space. Since then the proposal has been revised and the building has grown in height from nine stories to 14.

In total the project would include 9,870 square feet of retail space, 18,540 square feet of office space and 127 condominium units. The retail space would all be located on the ground floor and at the moment is divided into seven different spaces with one being intended to be used as a restaurant. The office space would be located on level three and would be home to the American Academy of Neurology. The space would be directly connected to their headquarters next door via a private skyway on the same level.

Levels four through 14 would include the residential units which would be a mix of studio, one bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom condominiums. Levels 13 and 14 would also include a number of penthouse units. Parking for 109 vehicles is planned for three underground levels.

Amenities within 800 Washington would include a spacious lobby, mail room, bike room, outdoor lounge and outdoor dog run on the ground floor. On the second floor a large clubroom, a mezzanine lounge and a massive fitness center are planned.

Now let’s talk about the gardens.

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AECOM has worked hard to make sure that their proposal is not just another mixed-use building. The building sports a unique design with cantilevering floor-plates, unique window alignments and even more uniquely multiple large garden spaces spread throughout the project.

Level three, the private office space, would feature an inset pocket garden for private use by the AAN. The sixth floor of the building would include a roof garden and a separate pocket garden. Level eight would include another outdoor garden space with this one being designated as a “winter garden.” Level 11 and 12 would both feature a single pocket garden with level 14 including another pocket garden along with a roof garden. Not shown on the floorplans but shown in the elevations is the potential for a rooftop farm also.

So, if you were counting that’s one winter garden, five pocket gardens, two roof gardens and maybe one roof top farm. Now that’s a lot of gardens.  

In designing the project Dwyer Oglesbay Architects worked hard to create a development that would provide a way of living that improves the lives of not only the residents who occupy the building, but also the surrounding neighborhood.

800 Washington will promote environmental, public and personal health through a number of ways. As mentioned above, pocket gardens have been included throughout the project that when complete will actually add more green space to the site than what was originally there before a building was constructed. Another interesting aspect besides the unique shape of the building is the use of smog filtering concrete on the exterior. The use of that specialized concrete will help 800 Washington reach their goal to “improve activity, physical and metal health and long-term durability” for the building and the surrounding area.

The team working on 800 Washington includes visioneer and developer Sandra Rieger & Co, Development Manager AECOM, Contractor Knutson Construction along with architectural firm D/O Architects.

Plans for 800 Washington can be found here.

Work on the project is expected to begin in Spring 2020 with an anticipated completion in late 2021.

 
OPUS PLANS 20 STORY MIXED-USE PROJECT FOR NICOLLET SITE

A 20-story building has been proposed for a site located along Nicollet Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis.

The Opus Group released plans this week for 301 Nicollet, a new mixed-use project that would be constructed on the remaining 1.5 acres of land directly next to another of their recently completed projects, 365 Nicollet.

301 Nicollet would include 5,380 square feet of ground floor retail space along with 357-370 apartments on the upper floors. A five-level parking ramp with 351 parking spaces would be concealed within the core of the building and would be wrapped with apartments. Located midway on the block would be a 3,500 square foot motor court with vehicle drop off space that would be accessed off of S 3rd Street. A 100’ wide alleyway would be left between 301 and 365 Nicollet.

The ground floor of the building would house four two-bedroom walk up units along with one 2 bedroom + den walk up unit. The second floor would include a number of apartment units along with a large work from home suite with multiple working spaces. Amenity space would be found on the 6th and 20th floors, both of which would feature indoor and outdoor space. On level 6 there would be a clubroom, sport room, yoga studio, fitness center and a spa. Outdoors there would be a large pool with sun bathing and cabana space, a hot tub, outdoor grilling and dining space, fire pits, a large lawn game court and two large landscaped areas dubbed “meadow” and the “grove.” The 20th floor would be home to another amenity space featuring a 2,220 square foot club room and a large 2,083 square foot outdoor terrace.

One unique residential amenity that 301 Nicollet would feature that most other residential buildings in Minneapolis do not are sport courts that would be located on the ground floor of the building. Plans currently show two squash courts along within a large indoor gym with a basketball hoop. We’d like to think those courts would make the winter a little bit more bearable for those lucky residents that get to call 301 Nicollet home.

Units within the building would range in size and include studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom + den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom + den units. The smallest unit within the building is currently planned at 459 square feet with the largest coming in at 2,625 square feet.

Access to the Minneapolis skyway system will be provided via 365 Nicollet. An entrance to the skyway space from the ground floor will be located at the back right corner on the building along Nicollet.

Designed by ESG Architects and TEN X TEN Studio , the building’s mass is broken up into into a few different areas. Anchoring the corner of Nicollet and S 3rd Street would be the tallest part of the project which would stand 20 stories and be almost entirely clad in glass. The building would then step back from the road as it approaches S Marquette Avenue with the glass façade transitioning into a mix of brick, metal and glass. As the building approaches 365 Nicollet on its back side it steps down to 5 stories allowing for the 6th floor amenity deck above.

Plans for 301 Nicollet can be found here.

Opus will present their proposal for feedback to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole next Thursday, June 27th, at 4:30 pm.

 

DISTILLERY PLANNED FOR PROSPECT PARK
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Surly might have a new neighbor moving in next door as plans have been recently announced for a new distillery.

O’Shaughnessy Distillery is planned for 600 Malcolm Avenue SE. The site is currently home to a historic brick structure that was built in 1945. Plans for the project include the renovation of that historic structure along with a large expansion surrounding three sides of the building. In total the distillery would cover 27,000 square feet of space. 

Michael and Patrick O’Shaughnessy are the two individuals behind the plans for the new distillery and they’ve partnered with Wall Companies to develop the project. The company has a number of other projects in the works for the area including a climbing facility across the street along with a food hall and a mixed-use project that would include apartments and a grocery store just down the road.

When complete the O’Shaughnessy Distillery will cover three different levels of space.

Guests will enter at ground level and will be able to walk straight ahead and directly into a large bar space or turn right and enter a retail store that will also be the start of the distillery tours. The ground floor will also include the majority of the fermenting and distilling spaces along with some catering/back of house space.

The upper level of the project will feature mezzanines to the distilling and fermenting spaces below, office space, a lab and a large space for private cocktails with direct access to an outdoor roof deck.

Last but not least, the basement level of the building will include space designated as a speakeasy, a tasting room and a barrel room.

When it comes to the spirits that are planned to be produced by the O’Shaughnessy Distillery theres a number of them. Right now, those plans include a potato-based vodka, an American bourbon, an American & Irish style gin and rum along with Irish style liquors and an Irish Single Malt whiskey.

At the moment the biggest challenge for the project is getting the city planning commission to approve a 122-space surface parking lot that would run behind the distillery and stretch behind Surly. However, there’s no need to worry as we expect to the city to approve that condition.

Work on the O’Shaughnessy Distillery is anticipated to begin later this year with an opening likely in Summer 2020.

 
WHAT DOES THE NORTH LOOP NOT HAVE? A WINERY... FOR NOW...

A new winery will be opening up in the heart of the North Loop next year. It’s ok, we’re squealing with excitement too.

Aaron and Ashley Schram have owned Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery in Waconia for the last 13 years. They know the wine business well and have had tremendous amount success with their winery being packed week after week. The two felt that it was time to share their delicious wines with Minneapolis and have set their sights on the North Loop.

When their unnamed winery and production facility opens next spring, it will occupy 20,000 square feet of space within the Internet Exchange Building located at 411 N Washington Avenue. The building is just across the street from Crisp & Green in case you need something to reference.

Schram Vineyard Winery uses a French-hybrid grape that was developed by the University of Minnesota, which by the way has one of the top wine research programs in the country. The hardiness of the grape allows it to grow in cooler climates like the Midwest which has helped expand the somewhat unknown winery scene within the region.

The Schram’s are making an effort to ensure that their new winery isn’t like a typical wine bar. The environment will focus on the production of wine which means all those barrels and tanks used in the production process will be in plain sight. They’re even working on plans where you yourself might be able to help contribute to the production of their wine. Anyone up for crushing some grapes?

THE LOCATION

The building in which they will open is directly next door to CPM and Swervo Development’s 10 story commercial project that is currently under construction. In building that project they added a skyway connection on the third level of the Internet Exchange Building which will connect to the second level on the new building.

Sounds like a direct route to happy hour for those office workers, right?

When the Schram’s winery opens it’ll fill a large void within the North Loop neighborhood. The area is filled with a number of breweries, cideries and of course bars but no wineries. When it comes to hunting down a winery, you’ll have to travel to Urban Forage Winery & Cider House on East Lake Street as it’s the closest.

So, now that we’ve informed you of this great new winery coming, we understand that that Spring 2020 is practically a year away. Might we suggest a trip to Waconia to tide you over?  

Stop your wining (see what we did there?), it’s not that far. Fine, we can carpool.

Oh yeah, Happy National Wine Day. :)

 
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 porte cochere 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 porte cochere 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.

 
MADRE CO. HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED THEIR BRAND NEW, MASSIVE, AND LUSH RETAIL STORE

Madre Co. officially has some new digs.

The purveyors of strange plants and smooth jams have found a new, and much larger, home at 2400 N Second Street in the Hawthorne neighborhood.

Now if you’re anything like us, this place is pretty much heaven on earth for plant lovers. We made a trip to visit the new space and were blown away by how utterly perfect it was. 

Before we get into the details on the new space here’s a brief history lesson on Madre Co.

The shop opened about a year ago in the Northeast neighborhood in a small but perfect 1,000 square foot space. At the time the focus was largely and almost entirely on cacti. After an immense amount of success, Madre Cacti Co. needed more space to not only help with the intense foot traffic they were experiencing but to also allow them to expand their assortment from cacti to all sorts of tropical plants.

Cue the new space.

Madre Co. is devoted to bringing the most interesting and sculptural varieties of plants to the Twin Cities. Right now, they’re actually the only dedicated houseplants retail store in the Twin Cities.  

When you walk into this place you’re going to say “Wow, who would have thought there were so many types of tropical plants.” Then you’ll most likely start grabbing and before you know it your hands will be full and you’ll be slapped in the face with the thought of how many plants you’ve killed over the time and begin questioning if you should purchase ANY of these plants in fear of killing them ALL… or… maybe this is was just our experience. BUT, then after talking to a helpful employee of Madre we realized that that haunting fear of ours (or anyones) has no place in this shop and that we truly have all the skills we need to care for one of their beautiful plants.

Inside you’ll find cacti and tropical plants that come from all over the world, many of which only need watering every few weeks making the task of caring for them a breeze. Plants are not all that you’ll find however. They also sell the most PERFECT modern terra-cotta pottery that comes in three colors and a number of sizes (yes, we grabbed a few of these). Also available for purchase are simple planting accessories and “useful care goods” to help with your plant’s new and exciting life within your home. Madre Co. has a slew of extremely friendly and knowledge employees on hand that are there to help answer any questions you may have while finding the perfect plant. 

The move to a larger space has also allowed Madre Co. to expand into offering new services which include interior landscape design services, custom sourcing, wholesale purchasing, by-the-day shoot rentals, installation & event rental, long term leasing and more. And of course, if you’d like them to pot your plant for you, they’ll also do that too.   

So, whether you’re in the market for a new houseplant or you need some cute pottery to complete your summer patio OR if you just want to take a stroll through a tropical paradise on a rainy day, we’ve got three words for you. Visit Madre Co. 

Madre Co. is located at 2400 North Second Street in Minneapolis. They’re open from 11am-7pm Tuesday through Saturday, from 12-6 on Sundays and are closed on Mondays.

 
MINNEAPOLIS CIDER CO. OPENING BRAND NEW TAPROOM
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Attention cider lovers! We’ve got news for you.

Minneapolis Cider Co. will swing open the doors to their brand new 3,500 square foot taproom and production facility tomorrow, May 9th, at 3pm. The taproom is located in the north end of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood at 701 SE 9th Street (just off of East Hennepin Avenue and 35W).

What Minneapolis Cider Co. plans to bring to the table (literally) here in Minneapolis is a whole new world cider that has mass appeal. At their new taproom you’ll find the company’s core ciders along with limited releases and experimental taproom only products. The taproom has ample space for lounging, conversing, and enjoying their delicious ciders sip by sip.

Speaking of those delicious ciders, on opening day there will be three to choose from including an orchard blend, a citrus hop and a raspberry cider. In the future more ciders will be added to the lineup with the company planning to offer everything from sweet to dry, fruited or hopped and everything in between. They believe that there is a cider for everyone, visit their taproom and you’ll find yours.

When it comes to the taproom at Minneapolis Cider Co. it’ll used for more than just enjoying a beverage. The company plans to offer cider classes within the space along tours of the production facility. Within the taproom there is a semi-private event space that is also available to rent and on Mondays when the taproom is typically closed the entire taproom will be available to be booked for private events.

The decision to open a cidery in Minneapolis was due to the significant growth, both regionally and nationally, that the cider industry continues to see year after year. While there may be a number of breweries within the city, cider specific taprooms remain somewhat sparse making it the perfect place for Minneapolis Cider Co. to open up shop.

So with all this being said it seems like we might have just found your next favorite spot, right? Don’t be surprised if you see us there because we love some good cider and we can’t wait to visit Minneapolis Cider Co.

Minneapolis Cider Co. is located at 701 SE 9th Street in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

 
OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 3RD: COBBLE SOCIAL HOUSE
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A unique “social house” is ready to open their doors in Minneapolis. 

Cobble Social House will open tomorrow, May 3rd, at 219 N. 2nd Street in the North Loop neighborhood. Joe and Veronica Clark are opening the part bar/part retail store in a vacant retail space sandwiched between D. NOLO and the Monte Carlo. Veronica is actually the owner of D. NOLO so when it comes to the space, she’s quite familiar with it.

Guests who visit Cobble will be able to sip a drink and enjoy some food while being surrounded by beautiful furniture, art, home items and more… and it’s all for sale.

Love those bar chairs you’re sitting on? You can buy them. Love that picture? Buy it. Love that bowl that delicious food just came in? BUY. IT. It’s all for sale, just give your server your order. Also, make sure you come back because there will be new items each month.

When it comes to the drinks, you’ll find a full cocktail menu, an extensive wine list and of course some amazing food consisting of a number of California and French inspired snacks, appetizers and boards.

The space may be small (the bar only seats 5 and the entire place only seats 39), but it’s also truly unique and something different for not only the North Loop, but Minneapolis as well.

One thing to note is that standing at the bar isn’t a thing at this place. If there isn’t a seat available, you’re going to have to wait. Don’t worry though, there is a paging system that your name can be added to.

Last but not least, there isn’t huge sign… so look for a large eye. You’ll see it, we’re sure.

Cobble Social House will be open seven days a week from 4-10pm.