Developers share visions for former MPS headquarters

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January 29, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Developers have submitted proposals to redevelop he former MPS headquarters.
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Ben Johnson

Potential developers are beginning to emerge for the former Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters at 807 Broadway St NE.

Pat Vogel, co-chair of the Logan Park Neighborhood Association's 807 Broadway Task Force, confirmed that the task force has met with two developers in recent weeks, and is meeting with another developer next week.

Plymouth-based developer Dominium is proposing a 100 percent residential use for the site. The 807 Task Force is open to some of the property being used for residential purposes, but is staunchly opposed to the entire site being developed as high-density housing. According to Vogel, Owen Metz with Dominium said they will pursue both historic and affordable housing tax credits if their proposal is chosen. Messages left for Metz were not returned.

Greco is the other developer that has met with the task force. Greco also had a housing component in their plans, but were open to other uses in addition to housing.

“[Greco] was very clear they have to work their numbers and haven't submitted a full proposal yet, but they were open to keeping the conversation going with the neighborhood,” said Vogel, who was hopeful that another meeting would happen between representatives from Greco and the Logan Park community in the near future.

Next week the task force has a tentative meeting scheduled with Peter Remes of First and First, who is overseeing the redevelopment of a vacant warehouse just one block away at 945 Broadway. That development, dubbed “The Broadway,” houses 612Brew as its anchor tenant.

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) led two public tours of the grounds during January after issuing an Open Sale Memorandum on Dec. 17. Offers will be accepted by CPED on behalf on Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) until Feb. 22. The best proposals will be selected by CPED and presented to MPS, who will ultimately decide which developer the building is sold to.

“It's exciting to have multiple teams from some of the biggest developers in Minneapolis vying for [807 Broadway]” said Haila Maze, a principal planner with CPED. “People seem to be on the lookout for the next authentic, real building in Minneapolis.”