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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.


New Horizon Academy planned for former Champions site

A vacant building on West Lake Street that formerly served pints to adults will soon be serving bottles to babies.

New Horizon Academy, founded in 1971, is a children's care center that is well known for a number of day programs they provide. The center provides educational programs for children as young as infants all the way to 4th graders. 

New Horizon has submitted plans to the Minneapolis Planning Commission for a new center at 103 West Lake Street. Champions Salon and Eatery was the most recent occupant of the building, however the restaurant closed in 2014 and the building has since then sat vacant.

Plans presented by New Horizon Academy include an extensive interior and exterior renovation and a 1,100 square foot expansion. Two outdoor play areas will be added, one for the toddlers, the other for early elementary age students. The building will be able to enroll 162 children.

If all is approved by the Planning Commission construction could begin in early Summer with plans for the center to open in November 2016.

Walker Art Center plans $75 million in improvements

Minneapolis' iconic Walker Art Center is about to become even more iconic. The Star Tribune shed light today on plans for $75 million in improvements that are planned for the center and adjacent sculpture garden.

A new entrance pavilion will be added to the ground floor level of the Walker Art Center building that will be made mostly from glass and will feature a grass roof on top that blends into the adjacent landscape (think of a walk out basement essentially). The new pavilion will allow for the expansion of the cafe along with a more iconic and focal entry from the sculpture garden.

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Walker Art Center

Landscape additions will be included across the property. The Walker plans to rework the land and add trees to hills that are featured at the back of the property where events such as Rock the Garden are held. The additions and alterations are meant to tie the Walker Art Center and the Sculpture Garden across the street closer together so that they operate as one fluid piece rather than two very successful neighbors.

The $75 million worth of improvements are already largely funded with the Walker already having $60 million in funds for the project. This does include the $10 million in public funds given by the state of Minnesota however those funds will be used solely for the renovation of the Sculpture Gardens.

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The new entry pavilion addition will be the final stage of an expansion in which the Walker began 10 years ago. The project itself will not only allow for a better user experience but it will also allow the Walker to be able to add more works to the sculpture garden grounds at a later phase due to the increased endowment. 

The expansion is designed by the firm HGA which is based out of Minneapolis. Inside Outside, a firm headquarter out of the Netherlands, will also handle a portion of the design work. The last Walker expansion occurred in 2005 with the addition of the "cube" as most call it to the front of the site which was designed by the world renowned firm Herzog and de Meuron

Construction on both the museum and the adjacent sculpture garden enhancements is expected to be underway by September.