Each issue the Development Tracker follows development projects near downtown and Northeast Minneapolis.
315 1st Ave. NE
Lennar Multifamily Communities
While plans for an official groundbreaking have been pushed back until mid-June, Lennar Multifamily has quietly released more details about its 20-story project going in at the former Superior Plating site. Peter Chmielewski, vice president of development with Lennar, told The Journal that the 280-unit apartment building will be branded as NordHaus, taking cues from the city’s Scandinavian and German influences. More than 22,000 square feet of retail space is being marketed by CBRE. Site work has been going since earlier this year to prepare the site for construction.
200 Central Ave. SE
After the Heritage Preservation Commission rejected Alatus’ 40-story condominium tower project, the Minneapolis-based developer is appealing the decision to the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee. The project faced a couple setbacks with a petition for an environmental assessment worksheet and rejection from the HPC, though it has approved the demolition of historic buildings the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel and the St. Anthony Athletic Club. The Minneapolis-based developer is proposing to build a tower with more than 200 condos, a Ryan Burnet restaurant and other commercial space. Chris Osmundson with Alatus said they will still be able to break ground this year.
Spectrum Apartments & Townhomes
805 8th St. SE
CPM Companies has shifted its plans for a stretch of Marcy-Holmes it had originally planned to be a two-phase, 180-unit apartment project targeting students. The developer submitted preliminary plans to the City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole for its May 26 meeting that show three buildings. The proposal calls for a five-story “L”-shaped building with 98 units and two three-story buildings with five and 11 four-bedroom townhomes. As part of the project CPM would demolish several homes and an industrial building currently on the site. A majority of the apartment building will consist of “junior suite” units with rents below $1,000 per month.
721 N. 1st St.
The latest proposal from prolific local housing developer Solhem Companies has drawn criticism from Acme Comedy Company due to parking issues, among other concerns, it could face if the project was built. The landmark comedy club claims that the eight-story, 124-unit project, proposed for a nearby surface parking lot, would hinder guests’ ability to park and has started a petition against the proposal. The City Planning Commission continued the proposal to its June 27 meeting, which will include an opportunity for public comments, in order to accommodate an appeal regarding the project.
121 12th Ave. S.
Jim Stanton’s 374-unit condo project, Legacy, has made its way through the City Planning Commission. The project, planned for the site of a vacant surface parking lot and the vacant Cenveo Building in Downtown East, has changed shape, growing in height to 17 stories and tapering off to eight stories and then to 14 stories. The developer broke up the initial massing of the 14-story Legacy after response from the neighborhood and city planning staff. Shamrock has begun demolition on the site to prepare it for construction.
Miller Textile Building
861 Hennepin Ave. E.
The Ackerberg Group
The Ackerberg Group is redeveloping the Miller Textile Building in Northeast Minneapolis for retail and creative office tenants. The warehouse building complex, which was once home to the Miller Bag company, is being completely renovated with new plumbing, HVAC and more to prepare it for modern users. Once finished, the nearly 50,000-square-foot building will have retail and hospitality space on the first level and creative office and warehouse space throughout the rest of the building. Minneapolis-based firm RoehrSchmitt Architecture is handling the project’s design. The work is slated for completion in June.
CHDC Workforce housing
815-827 6th St. S.
First Covenant Church
First Covenant Church, Ryan Companies and Community Housing Development Corp. (CHDC) have been working for more than a year to build a six-story affordable housing project on a downtown surface parking lot near U.S. Bank Stadium. The development team submitted preliminary plans to the City Planning Commission’s Committee of the Whole and were on the body’s May 26 agenda. The current project calls for a six-story, 154-unit building of affordable housing with approximately 12,500 square feet of commercial space. After a land swap with Hubert’s Café and Sports Bar, the church will own the entire block, according to the plans. The proposed project would have 135 underground stalls for paid commercial parking and 53 surface spots for accessory parking for the church and retail tenants.
Target Center renovation
600 1st Ave. N.
City of Minneapolis
Work has begun this season on the first improvements of the nearly $129 million overhaul of the Target Center. This season, crews will be enhancing the venue’s scoreboard, suites and acoustics while it remains open. The current construction schedule calls for exterior work, a new loading dock and other improvements to take place between this fall and next summer. The Target Center will shutdown following that work so crews can build out a new lobby, locker rooms, dressing rooms, restrooms and additional club spaces. Construction is slated to wrap up in the fall of 2017.
U.S. Bank Stadium
900 5th St. S.
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority unveiled plans to bring the city’s top food talents, including Andrew Zimmern and Spoon and Stable chef Gavin Kaysen, to U.S. Bank Stadium’s concessions. Aramark, the MSFA’s hospitality and dining services provider, also announced Ike’s Food & Cocktails and Revival will join the stadium’s food lineup. Zimmern will have two Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen locations, along with an AZC Hoagies partnership with Kaysen to bring Italian sandwiches to the stadium. The MSFA also announced a schedule for year-round public tours — tickets went on sale May 26 — and open houses July 23-24.
St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center
1 Portland Ave. S.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The National Park Service will be operating the visitor center at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam seven days a week between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. The lock closed last spring after more than 50 years in service. The area is set to see major redevelopment through Water Works under the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s RiverFirst initiative. Water Works is a multi-step effort to add a visitor center, build new trail connections and restore historic infrastructure near the riverfront. Construction is expected to begin next year, but possibly sooner with the selective demolition of the Fuji-Ya building.