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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.

 

 

 

MEET VESI, THE NORTH LOOP'S NEXT RESIDENTIAL PROJECT

A new residential project in the “backyard of the North Loop” finally has a name. 

Vesi” is currently under construction at 800 N 1st Street on a site directly behind the Star Tribune’s offices and production facility. When complete, the project will stand six-stories tall and will include 225 apartment units.

Units within the building will range in size and will include studio, alcove, one-bedroom, one-bedroom + den and two-bedroom units. Level six of the building will also include penthouse layouts of each of the previously mentioned unit types.

A unique aspect of the project is that building layout for Vesi is shaped somewhat like a unique “E” which means more units will have windows on at least two sides. That’ll a bonus for those who love as much natural daylight within in their home as possible.

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Amenities within Vesi will include two large ground floor outdoor terraces, a large fitness center with a private group fitness room, an indoor pool, a spa/sauna, a large clubroom and a sixth-floor lounge with outdoor patio that will feature views of the Mississippi River and Downtown skyline. 

Vesi was designed by ESG Architecture & Design and is being constructed by The Opus Group. When complete next summer the building will be managed by The Excelsior Group

Pre-leasing for Vesi begins in January 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.