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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.


The Opus Group plans 32 story tower on Ritz Block

News of another hi-rise tower broke today (thanks to Sam Black at the MSPBJ) this time planned for a site at 315 Nicollet Mall in Downtown East across the street from the Minneapolis Central Public Library.

We're not sure what to really begin identifying this particular five block area as but we're going to have to come up with a name pretty soon. Currently there are at least five hi-rise buildings either in construction or planned for the area and that's in addition to the almost 1,000 units that have been added to the surrounding blocks in recent years. It's a hot area development wise.

The Opus Group gave the public their first glimpse a new 32 story residential building planned for a portion of the Ritz Block in Downtown Minneapolis. The site currently is home to 2.5 acres of parking lot which sadly isn't a surprise if you're a person familiar with the area. So in advance, a huge thank you goes out to The Opus Group.

Phase one of the project will include a 32 story tower including 364 apartment units along with up to 12,000 square feet (the size of a small Walgreens) of street level retail. 430 parking spaces would also be included within the building which is one of the highest amounts of parking for any newly developed building in Downtown Minneapolis in quite a number of years.

The building's design is some what reminiscent of the design of The Nic on Fifth which is a mere block away and was also developed by Opus. Similar features include an amenity deck on top of a parking garage podium along with a balcony rich exterior. The deck amenity for the Ritz block looks to include an outdoor pool, dog walking area, grill stations and fire pits, among other features. All those features were also included with The Nic on Fifth, 

Opus Group has been working on plans for the site for over a year now originally proposing a 30 story building with office components for the site. The project was designed by Opus AE Group Inc and construction is set to begin before the end of the year with a projected opening in 2017.

Site Plan for the proposed development occurring on the Ritz Block | City of Minneapolis

But wait, there's more.

This is the FIRST phase of a planned two phase project for the Ritz block. The second phase which is still in the design phase will potentially include another tower that is almost identical to the one in the first phase which would also include an additional 364 units of housing. The other possibility is for a 20 story tower that would include 365,606 square feet of office space.

Which of the two plans currently presented will be chosen will ultimately be dependent on what the market calls for by the time of development.

This development will help in the fight to erase the sea of public parking lots from Downtown Minneapolis which we like to classify as an epidemic. We here at The Development Tracker | Minneapolis couldn't be more excited about this proposal and wish The Opus Group the best of luck as their project moves through the city processes.