Apartment proposal for Totino's site advances

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April 16, 2013 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 18, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Illustration courtesy of ESG Architects.
Sarah McKenzie

CENTRAL AVENUE — A proposal to redevelop the former Totino’s restaurant site into a new seven-story apartment building has cleared the Minneapolis Planning Commission.

The development will be called Red 20. It will be a u-shaped building at 514 1st Ave. NE and 519 Central Ave. NE featuring 130 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Minneapolis-based Schafer Richardson is developing the project.

Totino’s — made famous by its frozen pizzas — closed in 2007 after 50 years of business in the neighborhood.

Construction will start this summer and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2014, said Maureen Michalski, a senior project manager with Schafer Richardson.

The project will likely have service-oriented retailers, such as a spa or fitness center, she said.

As with many of the apartment projects going up in the city these days, the developer is planning several high-end amenities, including a bicycle maintenance room, dog run and pet grooming facility and a second-level terrace with a fire pit, grilling area and outdoor movie screen.

ESG Architects is designing the building.