Each issue the Development Tracker follows construction projects around downtown and Northeast Minneapolis.
200 Central Ave. S.E.
Alatus’ plans for a 42-story condo tower with 214 units have made their way through the City Planning Commission. Several residents and a group called East Bank Livability testified at the meeting against the project, which is slated for the site of the St. Anthony Commercial Club and Washburn McReavy funeral home near the Southeast Minneapolis riverfront. Those buildings could be demolished as early as this fall. The tower will feature three levels of underground parking and a four-story podium with a restaurant concept from Ryan Burnet and above-ground parking.
315 1st Ave. N.E.
Lennar Multifamily Communities
Lennar Multifamily Communities has officially broken ground on its 20-story NordHaus development on the former Superior Plating site in Northeast Minneapolis. Representatives from the developer and local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the 280-apartment complex, which will feature 22,000 square feet of retail space when it opens next fall, as part of an Aug. 25 ceremony. The project, which takes its name and design cues from the city’s Scandinavian and German influences, will have dog and bicycle areas, clubrooms and a one-acre rooftop with a pool and a hot tub. Lennar is planning 390 parking spaces and a destination restaurant space. The developer expects to open the first units in the fall of 2017. More information will be available at livenordhaus.com.
East End Apartments
240 Chicago Ave. S.
Sherman Associates has officially broken ground on the six-story East End Apartments building in at Washington & Chicago. The 180-unit luxury apartment project, which will be anchored by a Trader Joe’s grocery store, will replace a surface parking lot in the quickly growing East Town area. The $57-million project will have two levels of below-grade parking and additional retail spaces. The developer anticipates opening the building to residents in the spring of 2018.
12 S. 6th St.
An Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel has opened early in the historic Plymouth Building lining Hennepin & 6th in downtown Minneapolis. As part of the $110-million project, New Orleans-based HRI Properties, which owns the hotel and operates it as HRI Lodging, renovated the 12-story office building and transformed it into a 290-room hotel. The skyway-connected hotel features a lobby bar with coffee service, a 3,000-square-foot fitness center and 12,600 square feet of meeting space, with its largest room accommodating 350 guests. The building, which was originally slated to open later this year, has 256 underground parking spaces.
8th Street & 9th Avenue
Work has begun on an apartment and townhome project in Marcy-Holmes in Southeast Minneapolis. CPM Companies is demolishing several homes and other structures near 8th & 9th in order to build a 102-unit apartment building and two three-story buildings with town homes. The developer had originally planned a two-phase development with two apartment buildings targeting University of Minnesota students with junior bedroom units and rents around $1,000.
315 Nicollet Mall
Opus Group will officially break ground in early October on its 30-story tower project slated for the high-profile Ritz Block on Nicollet Mall, a spokeswoman said. The 315-unit apartment tower, dubbed 365 Nicollet, will take shape on one of the largest available blocks in downtown Minneapolis, which currently serves as a 2.5-acre surface parking lot. The tower at the northern tip of Nicollet Mall will feature roughly 12,000 square feet of retail space and about 430 parking spaces. Opus has heavily developed the north end of downtown in recent years with the building of the 26-story Nic on Fifth development and the newly opened nine-story Xcel Energy headquarters.
100 Hennepin Ave.
Ryan Companies, Shorenstein Properties
The quickly evolving luxury apartment project at 100 Hennepin Ave. in downtown Minneapolis now has a name: Maverick. The six-story project from Ryan Companies and San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties will feature 179 units attached to the existing parking ramp on the block at Hennepin & 1st. On the other side of the ramp 13 walk-up town homes are also taking shape. The development team anticipates opening the building next spring. For more information visit the project’s new website at liveatmaverick.com.
1400 Park Ave.
Hunt Development, Weidner Apartment Homes
Updated plans from Hunt Development and Weidner Apartment Homes for a new six-story apartment complex in Elliot Park passed through the Aug. 29 meeting of the City Planning Commission. The developers will demolish an existing two-story building at 14th & Park and a single-family home to build the 246-unit project. The 1400 Park building will have a 2,500-square-foot retail space at the corner and 289 parking spaces across two levels of underground parking. Adjacent to the project is the vacant First Church of Christ, Scientist, a nationally designated landmark owned by the developers, according to plans. A long-term use for the church building hasn’t been determined.
City office building
415 S. 5th St.
City of Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis issued a request for proposals for pre-design work for a new office building to create a centralized campus for city employees. The city is looking into building the approximately 250,000-square-foot building on a city-owned site of a parking ramp on 5th Street. The multi-purpose office and public safety building would be home to employees who currently work in leased and owned space outside City Hall, along with some City Hall employees, according to the RFP. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 with staff relocation completed in 2020.
Mill City Quarter
322 S. 2nd St.
Eagle Iron Partners, Ecumen
The Mill City Quarter development from Eagle Iron Partners and Lupe Development is now open in the Mill District. The 150-unit affordable housing project opened to its first residents on Sept. 1 following several months of construction, said Steve Minn, Lupe’s vice principal and CFO. The building is 70 percent leased, he added. The project has nearly 15,000 square feet of retail space, though no tenants have been disclosed. Neighboring the project is Ecumen’s Abiitan Mill City, a 151-unit senior housing community slated to open this fall. The building will have a fitness center, full-service restaurant and a café, according to plans submitted to the City of Minneapolis. Between the buildings is one of the city’s first woonerfs, a curbless street with landscaping designed for cars, bikes and pedestrians.