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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.

 
DORAN'S 30-STORY TOWER IS OUT AND TWO SIX-STORY BUILDINGS ARE IN
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A mixed-use project planned within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District has seen a large design revision and that includes the removal of a 30-story tower.

Last month Doran Companies presented plans to the Heritage Preservation Commission for a large mixed-use development planned for the corner of University Avenue S and 3rd Avenue SE. Over 700 residential units would have been constructed within one six-story building and also a 30-story tower.

After concerns were raised by the HPC over the 30-story tower and the amount of materials used within the project Doran decided to revise the overall development.

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NEW PLANS

The revised plans now include two six-story buildings that would be located on the East and West sides of the site. 568 residential units would be constructed within the two buildings with the West building also including 4,300 square feet of retail space. Other revisions to the plans include changes to exterior materials and building massing in some areas.

The sizes of the apartments within both buildings would include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units with almost all featuring a private outdoor space of some sort.

Residents would have access to two massive outdoor amenity decks (one within each building) that would include pools, outdoor grilling spaces, lounge space, a pebble beach, and more. Amenities within each of the buildings would also be expansive including multiple fitness centers, game rooms, a golf simulator, a spa and more. Really, you’ve got to check the plans so you can see all that is planned.

Underground parking would be provided within each of the buildings.

CHANGE AT A COST

Doran has made it very clear that the feedback provided on their first proposal was different than the direction previously given to the developer. A few months ago, Doran presented three massing proposals for the site and asked for feedback on which massing proposal to move forward with. The direction given at the time was to move forward with massing for six story structures and one larger tower component.

With the new plans including nearly 200 units less Doran needed to increase the density of the units on site in order to support concrete construction costs. This required the removal of a planned affordable housing building that would have been located on the East side of the site. The developer had already been working with CommonBond Communities and has since then had to discontinue their partnership.

Doran’s revised plans will be discussed at the Heritage Preservation Commission’s March 5th meeting.