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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.

 

 

 

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.

View of the high-rise from University and 2nd

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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 

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.

 
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.

 
THE DAYTON'S PROJECT: NEW DETAILS, NEW IMAGES

We’ve got some exciting updates on The Dayton’s Project.

The redevelopment of what was most recently was a Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis is moving forward and at full speed.

Construction began in March 2017 on the $250+ million transformation of the 12 story, 1.2 million square foot building. Demolition work within the building was completed in late 2018 readying it for its restoration, renovation and reconfiguration to begin.

Since then construction has been relatively contained however you can expect to really start to see things progressing now since the developers and the Historical Preservation Committee recently were able to agree upon a central void size.

The project also recently gained the rights to use the official Dayton’s logo within their marketing and with that comes a new marketing brochure which has revealed some new and exciting details about the project. 

THE PLANS

Once complete there will be over 200,000 square feet of retail space located on the basement, first and second floors of building. The remaining nine stories above the retail space will be home to some of the largest single plate floors of office space within Minneapolis. We’re talking about some floors having 90,000 square feet of continuous space, a floor plate size most often found in major metropolitan cities such as New York, Chicago and LA.

Those who are lucky enough to work within the building will have access to modern office spaces, a lounge, fitness center, library and an outdoor tenant-exclusive rooftop featuring ample lounge space, fire pits, a garden and of course stunning views of the Downtown skyline.

Who will occupy these amazing office spaces is still unknown. What we do know is that there is one confirmed tenant for the retail space below.

NEW DETAILS ON THE DAYTON’S FOOD HALL & MARKET

Dayton’s Food Hall & Market will be curated by Minnesota’s own, Andrew Zimmern, along with his team at Passport Hospitality.  

New details on the food hall show that it will span over 45,000 square feet and will occupy over half of the basement level along with space on the ground floor at the corner of S 7th Street and Nicollet.

Within the space there will be many different seating arrangements along with a central bar featuring lounge seating. Oh yeah, there will also be 40-50 different chef-driven kiosks. Now, that’s a big food hall.

In addition to that large foot print of the food hall it also appears that there will be a 4,856 square foot retail space tucked into the back corner of the food hall. Could we also be getting a full-service Andrew Zimmern restaurant? Fingers crossed.

While food may be the focus, Dayton’s Food Hall & Market also plans to feature a number of special events throughout the year such as guest appearances and demonstrations, movies, live music and more.

Now with the food hall taking up 45,000 square feet of the 200,000 square feet of available retail space, what’s in store for the rest?

NOT ANOTHER BLOCK E

Mid America Real Estate is leasing the retail space within The Dayton’s Project. A new leasing brochure featured on their website offers new details on how the interior reconfiguration of the three levels of retail space will look.

The basement level will be home to Dayton’s Food Hall & Market (which you just read about) along with 25,206 square feet of divisible retail space and that 4,856 square foot retail space that we also mentioned above. Our prediction is that this level will be devoted to food and entertainment.

The ground floor of the building will include another entrance to the Dayton’s Food Hall & Market and another 50,000 square feet of retail space that is split up into a number of different configurations. The ground floor will also be home to the lobby for the office space on the upper floors of the building. We expect this floor to be a mix of clothing retailers, fast casual restaurants and service oriented retailers

Last but not least is the second floor, which most likely will be the busiest level due to its five skyway connections. It’ll be home to another 50,000 square feet of retail space. We do want to point out that there is one interesting aspect of this level that is called out in the marketing brochure. It’s the “Beauty Hub.”

A BEAUTY HUB? WE LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT.

There aren’t many details available on the 13,256 square feet of space that is designated as the Beauty Hub, but that won’t stop us from speculating.

If you think about it, Downtown Minneapolis is a desert when it comes to cosmetics and beauty stores. Yes, there are plenty of places to get your hair done but when you really think about it there are little to no places for cosmetic purchases. No really, think about it. Your only option is pretty much Walgreens or Target. That could change with the Beauty Hub at The Dayton’s Project.

What we believe the Beauty Hub could be is a creative way for the developers to lure in not one, but multiple brand name beauty retailers. The way they would do so is by creating a hub where each of those retailers can feed off of each others energy and more importantly, each others customer base.

Think cosmetic retailers like MAC, Sephora, Bare Essentials or NYX and salons like Rocco Altobelli or Juut. The collection of these tenants would be a destination for visitors to The Dayton’s Project which also might be why the developers have placed this hub in a large space towards the back of the building.

Currently the space designated as the Beauty Hub is listed as divisible so it’s clear that the developers are looking to secure multiple beauty tenants. Now, the question is, who will step up to the plate and make everyone’s Downtown beauty dreams become a reality?

NEW RENDERINGS OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE

One of the biggest updates that the marketing brochure features are new renderings of both the interior and exterior of The Dayton’s Project.

Since gaining the right to use the Dayton’s logo it appears that the developers plan on branding the building once complete as simply “Dayton’s.” It’s a perfect way to honor this building’s historical pasT that stretches back over a century.

Other things depicted in the exterior renderings include a change to the ground floor bay windows which will now be replaced with large panes of glass (not garage like doors as originally rendered). The exterior will also undergo an extensive cleaning and restoration of the its brick and stone.

Interior renderings show a number of updates to lighting and finishes. There now appears to be an LED/neon light sculpture that will span the void within the space. Speaking of that void, the new renderings also now show the agreed upon void opening which is slightly smaller than what was originally planned now spanning 1,900 square feet instead of the original 2,500 square feet.

One thing we do want to put out is the fact that plans are always subject to change and that some of the floor plans and renderings that you might see here today may change before the completion of the project.

THE TEAM

As we wrap up our latest update on The Dayton’s Project we thought we should give you a reminder of the massive team working on this amazing transformation of one of Downtown Minneapolis’ largest and most historically significant buildings.

It takes a village they say and it is certainly clear with this one that it truly does.

Owners: The 601 W Companies

Investors: Telos Group and United Properties

Architect and Interior Design: Gensler

Leasing: Telos Group

Property Management: Transwestern

Retail Leasing: Mid-America

Office Leasing: Transwestern

General Contractor: Gardner Builders

Owner’s Representative: Hightower Initiatives

Preservation Architects & Historical Advisor: PVN

Structural Engineer: Meyer Borgman Johnson

MEP / FP Engineer: McGuire Engineers Inc

Work on The Dayton’s Project is expected to wrap up in Spring 2020. Check back before then for more updates on this exciting and transformative project.

 
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.

 

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.

 
AN ENTIRELY NEW LOOK FOR CITY CENTER

Renderings have been surfaced for a massive renovation of one of Minneapolis’ tallest towers.

City Center, located at 33 S Sixth Street, is set to receive a large-scale renovation that would touch both the exterior and interior of the building. Leasing documents that have surfaced show that with the renovation a potential rebranding of the mall space could occur which would tentatively be called “CC33”.

Last year City Center 33 South Property LLC bought the 51-story building for a record $320 million dollars. With the purchase announcement the new owner stated that an extensive renovation of the building was in the works with the hopes that it would attract new retail tenants to fill some of the nearly 50,000 square feet of vacant retail space within the mall area. 

The renovation would bring a new modern look to the exterior base of the building transforming today’s non-active façade into a vibrant facade. Renderings within the leasing document show wood accents and metal work cladding the exterior of the building along with two spots for what appears to be digital signage opportunities. The interior would also receive updates to its look which might even include a pop-up wine bar within the large atrium space. And let’s be honest, a wine bar is sure to be an after work hit with the thousands of employees that work in the nearly 50 stories of office space within the building.

As with all projects renderings can always change so there is a chance that as tenants are secured or as more details are solidified in regards to the renovation that these images could change.

Colliers International has been selected as the real estate company who is in charge of securing new tenants for the vacant retail space. The project is managed by Ryan Companies and was designed by DLR Group

At the moment an official construction start date has yet to be announced.

 
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.

 
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.

 
MAJOR CHANGE FOR PROPOSED DOWNTOWN TOWER
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The Gateway Project has had another design revision, this time removing the hotel and residential components entirely.

United Properties has submitted new documents to the City of Minneapolis now showing a entirely commercial project. The revised plans show a 30 story 458’ building with the overall exterior design remaining largely unchanged.

Three levels of underground parking would include 500 spaces with an entrance off of S 3rd Street. The first two levels above ground would be devoted to 23,000 sqf of retail/restaurant space, some of that space being devoted to a bank branch for RBC. In addition, the lower two levels would also include 14,000 sqf of conference space, a 5,000 sqf fitness center, along with a lobby for the office space within the upper floors of the project.

The office part is where we are seeing a huge change from previous proposals. Now totaling 28 stories in height and 790,000 square feet in space the total office space within the project has nearly doubled. RBC would still occupy 310,000 sqf of office space, remaining the anchor tenant for the building. 

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Other details about the project include skyway access (potentially in two places) and also a public plaza located at the corner of Nicollet Mall and S Washington Avenue. That plaza would be built so that in the future it could accommodate a streetcar line passing through if the city decides to moves forward with the streetcar line. 

United Properties will be responsible for the development of the overall project while Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates out of Atlanta, Georgia is responsible for the design. 

Construction is expected to begin in 2019 with a completion in 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.