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DEVELOPER EXPLORING PLAN FOR 25-STORY MIXED-USE PROJECT IN DINKYTOWN
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Planning work is underway on what could become a 25-story building in the heart of Dinkytown

Developer CA Ventures is currently exploring two different development options for what today is four parcels of land located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 15th Avenue SE. The site where the new tower would be built is currently home to six different businesses including Five Guys, Himalayan, Pagoda, McDonald’s and Dinkytown Wine and Spirits.

We do want to mention before you students begin to freak out over the loss of not only McDonald’s, but also Dinkytown Wine and Spirits, that it is very likely that many of the displaced businesses would find a new home within the ground floor retail space of the new building.

Now let’s get on to the details. 

TWO OPTIONS

The first option (option A) that developer CA Ventures is exploring is a 25-story building that would feature a slender design. The small floorplates, many of which would only be 13,000 square feet, would allow for the building to take up less of the full site as it rises which also means that it would also be less visible from the street level.

The second option being explored (option B) would be for a 16-story building that would feature a mezzanine and larger floorplates. Due to the fewer number of floors, the floorplates within this option would need to be around 26,000 square feet each in order to make the project feasible. This would result in a building that would need more articulation and relief along its facades (just think of a more complex facade) in order to break up the overall mass.

Long story short, option A would be a slender, taller tower with a smooth facade and option B would be a shorter, chubbier tower with a varied facade.

THE DESIGN

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CA Ventures is working with Minneapolis-based ESG Architecture and Design to design the new building. They’re presenting their schematic plans to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their August 22nd meeting for feedback. Once that meeting occurs ESG will continue to refine the design of the project further.

When design work continues on the project it will be quite interesting to see what the final design for the project ends up actually being. The reason why is that all four sites that are to be redeveloped as a part of the project are not part of the DInkytown Historic District, hence why the tower could stand 25 stories to begin with. However, even with the project not having to abide by the strict design guidelines it likely will still draw inspiration from the historic buildings surrounding the site.

When it comes to the size of the project, ESG and CA Ventures have pulled together a large amount of data from the following plans in order to influence the decision to go taller rather than the standard six stories found elsewhere in the neighborhood.

  • Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Master Plan (Small Area Plan), 2014

  • 15th Avenue Southeast Urban Design Plan, 2008

  • Dinkytown Commercial Historic District Design Guidelines

  • Granary Corridor Study

  • The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth

  • Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The data pulled from these plan studies state that an “iconic sense of arrival and entry point to Dinkytown” has been desired to be created for a number of years. In addition, a need for density has been mentioned multiple times due to the decrease in available land parcels in the surrounding area and the proximity of the neighborhood to the University of Minnesota campus. Lastly, the area where the project has been proposed has been mentioned numerous times within the plans as an area that should support a high-rise mixed-use tower.

CA Ventures is using these findings to further back their plans for a large mixed-use project on what today is a site filled with multiple low-rise buildings.

NEXT STEPS 

Preliminary plans for the two redevelopment options for 407 15th Street SE will be presented for feedback to the Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole at their meeting this Thursday, August 22nd at 4:30pm.

We’ll be sure to post more information on what option is recommended right here on our website once it becomes available and of course we will also be sure to post the final design once it becomes available.

Check out our Instagram story today (08.20.2019) to vote on which option you think should move forward.

 
HOUSING PLANNED NEAR UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Another housing option will soon rise near the University of Minnesota. This time in an area where the housing boom as yet to grasp.

Dubbed the Erie Street Apartments, the building would stand four stories tall and include 48 apartment units. Units in the building would largely be 1 bedroom units with the 2 corners of each floor featuring 2 bedroom units.

The ground floor will hold a community room, an outdoor patio, and storage space for 56 bikes inside and 8 more spaces outside.  A surface parking lot at the back of the site would hold 17 parking spaces for residents within the building. 

Designed by DJR Architecture the exterior sports a modern design with with wood textures along with tones of whites, greys, and yellow spread throughout. Fiber cement board and siding along with aluminum siding will all be used on the facade. 

The building would be constructed on five abutting parcels of land that currently have homes on them and includes 625, 629, 631, 635 and 637 Erie Street with all parcels lying on the Eastern side of the street.

Developers of the project are looking to attract students who are in search for an apartment near campus and those students who are looking for their first apartment on their own.

This project will go before the City of Minneapolis' Planning Commission on January 12th. If approved construction could begin as soon as Spring with a completion in Spring 2018.

 
Starbucks returning to Dinkytown

Starbucks will open their sixth University of Minnesota area location Halloween weekend. It will mark the return of Starbucks to Dinkytown after an almost five year hiatus. The original location at 1500 4th Street SE closed due to the development of Sydney Hall Apartments by Doran Companies which occurred in 2010.

Starbucks newest coffeehouse will open at 419 14th Avenue SE in the recently completed Venue at Dinkytown project developed by Opus Corporation. The retail space will be located directly next to Goodwill's newest retail concept Gina and Will

Above: Starbucks newest location in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus.

Above: Starbucks newest location in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus.

The return of Starbucks to Dinkytown really marks the chains success within the greater University of Minnesota area and the Minnesota market in general. The company added a Lind Hall location on campus two years ago along with an additional location at Carlson School of Business. With the new Dinkytown location opening up it will mark the seventh location for the company in the University of Minnesota area. There are currently 17 locations within the city of Minneapolis itself and to be honest you probably can't even fathom the number within the metro area. There's quite a few.

The Dinkytown Starbucks will be smaller than the location on Washington Avenue in nearby Stadium Village. It is likely to feature the new prototype with vintage design elements along with university motifs paying homage to the University of Minnesota. The location has prominant street presence with large windows opening the space to 14th Avenue SE. Inside the location there will be tall ceilings which will allow the space to feel significantly larger.

Check back right here at The Development Tracker | Minneapolis in about two weeks for photographs of the completed project.