528 S. 8th St.
Kraus-Anderson has broken ground on a full-block development in Elliot Park that will consist of its new five-story headquarters, a 17-story apartment building with 307 units and an eight-story hotel with 158 rooms. The project will also include a brewery, a restaurant, event and office spaces for Finnegans and the nonprofit’s FINNovation Lab. A spokesman with the developer said the headquarters is expected to open in the fall of 2017. Kraus-Anderson, which has been headquartered downtown since 1897, will temporarily relocate to 3433 Broadway St. NE during construction.
30 S. 3rd St.
Bloomington-based developer United Properties has presented new concepts of a 35-story Gateway tower now focused on a five-star hotel and luxury apartments. The developer and its hotel partner, JMI Realty, are in talks with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to anchor the 530-foot project, which would pair a “world-class” restaurant, ballroom and other amenities with the hotel. Greystar, the developer’s housing partner, said the tower’s 164 apartments would average about 1,700 square feet and with finishes at the top of the city’s rental market. The new timeline for the project would be to break ground by the end of 2017 with construction lasting between 30 and 36 months.
City of Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis is laying the groundwork for a 2020 reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis between Washington and 12th Street. Later this spring, city planners will be seeking City Council approval for a preferred street concept in order to apply for federal transportation funds, though detailed designing and public engagement work won’t come until next year. One preliminary proposal shown to residents in April features four-lane roads, 18-foot sidewalks and 7-foot protected bike lanes at the sidewalk level instead of a shared lane between 4th and 10th streets.
932 12th Ave. SE
Project for Pride in Living
Project for Pride in Living has gotten the approval of the Heritage Preservation Commission to demolish a majority of the Bunge tower in Southeast Minneapolis in order to adapt the remaining grain elevator complex into a housing project. PPL is proposing to build a five-story addition atop the 80-year-old tower and convert it into a lobby, amenity space and apartments. With a new three-story building, the project would allow for 93 units — a combination of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Chris Wilson, PPL’s senior director of real estate development, told The Journal in March that they’re looking to build affordable artist housing. UrbanWorks Architecture is handling the project’s design.
200 Central Ave. SE
The Heritage Preservation Commission has continued Alatus’ 37-story condo tower project 200 Central Ave. SE until May due to a petition for an environmental assessment filed with the City of Minneapolis. The Minneapolis-based developer has been eyeing the site of the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel for the past couple years and is now moving forward with a 207-unit condominium project. Alatus is proposing 6,700-square-feet of retail on the ground floor, including a restaurant from restaurateur Ryan Burnet, and 333 parking spaces. The petition was filed by Neighbors for East Bank Livability, which cited concerns with the building’s height and its impact on nearby buildings.
1400 Park Ave.
Hunt Development and Weidner Apartment Homes
Hunt Development and Weidner Apartment Homes are proposing to demolish a two-story building at 14th & Park and a nearby duplex in order to build a six-story apartment complex. The 245-unit project would wrap around a central courtyard with walk-up units planned along 14th Street, 15th Street, Park Avenue and the interior side yard. The developers’ proposal, designed by BKV Group, went before City Planning Commission on April 11. Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc. has supported the project.
706 2nd Ave. S.
The Baker Center is undergoing a major renovation to improve its exterior, common areas and private office spaces. Transwestern, which manages and leases the building, says the renovation work will focus on the corner of Marquette & 8th with a 12-story glass curtain component. The renovation will also add a new entrance with a two-story atrium at the street level and it will add new storefronts on Marquette. A new amenity floor on the top level will have a full-service fitness center, conference facility and a panoramic rooftop deck. Construction, which began in April, is expected to wrap up by Jan. 1, 2017.
800 S. Washington Ave.
Mortenson is moving ahead with plans for a Hyatt Centric hotel on the site known as the Guthrie Liner parcel in the Downtown East neighborhood. The Golden Valley-based developer is proposing a nine-story building with the 203-room hotel, ground-level retail space and approximately 14,000 square feet of office space for the American Academy of Neurology, which is headquartered adjacent to the site. A skyway connection would connect the two buildings at the sixth level. The City Planning Commissions’ Committee of the Whole reviewed the preliminary plans during an April 14 meeting. The site, located along Washington Avenue near the Guthrie Theater, is currently vacant.
300 6th Ave. N.
Lindenmeyr Munroe, a division of New York-based paper company Central National Gottesman, is acquiring the family-owned C.J. Duffey Paper Company in the North Loop. The local 70-year-old paper company owns a few buildings near downtown Minneapolis, including a five-story warehouse at 300 6th Ave. N., an eight-story building at 608 3rd St. N. and a parcel at 528 Washington Ave. N. with several buildings. The transaction closed at the end of March. Lindenmeyr Munroe is the largest privately held, independent paper merchant in the country.
80 8th St. S.
The IDS Center, the state’s tallest building at 57 stories, is listed for sale. The iconic office tower at 80 8th St. S. in downtown Minneapolis is being marketed by Chicago-based Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF), according to a press release. The 1.4 million-square-foot skyscraper was last sold in 2013 to Florida-based Accesso Partners for $253 million. The IDS Center, which is 88 percent leased, was designed by American architect Philip Johnson and built in 1972. The 19-story Marquette Hotel inside the tower is separately owned and is not for sale.