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.