City of Minneapolis

City of Minneapolis

Wanted: Developer for Grain Belt site

Updated: November 27, 2017 - 4:16 pm

Each issue the Development Tracker follows construction projects around downtown and Northeast Minneapolis

Grain Belt site

74 14th Ave. NE

City of Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is looking for an interested party to redevelop several properties near the Grain Belt Brewery Complex in Northeast Minneapolis. The semi-contiguous site is a conglomerate of nine properties, including several surface parking lots, located north of Broadway Street, east of Sheridan Memorial Park and west of the former brewing complex. City officials want to see a mixed-use project with housing — especially affordable housing — sidewalk-oriented commercial or retail opportunities, alternative parking options and opportunities for neighborhood artists, according to the request for proposals. City planners plan to review proposals in January and February and make recommendations to the City Council’s Community Department of Regulatory Services next spring. A full vote is expected in April or May next year.

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419 Washington

419 Washington Ave. N.

Swervo Development

Another large office building has broken ground in the North Loop, and it already has a major tenant. Swervo Development and CPM Cos. are constructing a 13-story building in place of a surface parking lot behind the Internet Exchange Building on Washington Avenue. Calabrio, a customer engagement software company, will anchor the building and has signed a lease for 150,000 square feet, a spokesman said. The unnamed project will feature eight levels of parking, including five enclosed levels, for a total of 408 spaces. About 13,000 square feet would be reserved for retail and restaurant tenants. The building is expected to be completed and occupied in early 2019.

Photo by Eric Best
Photo by Eric Best

Nicollet Mall

Nicollet Mall between Washington Avenue and Grant Street

City of Minneapolis

City officials celebrated Nov. 16 the long-awaited reopening of Nicollet Mall, which has been under construction for more than two years as it sees a $50 million renovation. Over the past few weeks the mall got final upgrades, including lanterns from Blessing Hancock featuring poems from local writers. New art, movable furniture and other touches came in recent months as the mall reopened to pedestrians, block by block. Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District, said the project is already spurring private development. “The pedestrian orientation, greatly enhanced greening, public art and lighting add up to a high-impact, public–private investment that will serve our community for decades to come,” he said in a statement.

Snow Kreilich Architects
Snow Kreilich Architects

Foundry

128 2nd St. N.

Sharon Cohn

Developers have submitted updated plans to the Heritage Preservation Commission for the redevelopment of the high-profile North Loop block that includes Foundry Home Goods. New ownership, represented in plans by Sharon Cohn, of one part of the project is now proposing to rehabilitate a public alley between 1st and 2nd streets instead of vacating the alley. The new group is responsible for developing a six-story, mixed-use building that would front 2nd Street North. The dark gray brick-clad building would have retail and apartments inside. It’s just one piece of a three-part project that includes a retail and office building and a renovated Commutator Building.

Submitted to the City of Minneapolis
Submitted to the City of Minneapolis

The Legacy

121 12th Ave. S.

Shamrock Development

Shamrock Development celebrated the topping-off of the Legacy in early November. About 40 percent of the units in the condominium project are spoken for. Nearly 300 workers each day are constructing the 17-story building, which is in the northeastern corner of Downtown East near the developer’s Stonebridge Lofts. Colleen Ratzlaff-LaBeau of Remax Advantage Plus said 150 of the 374 condos are sold and under contract to start closing next fall.

Image courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Image courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

NE Athletic Field Park

1615 Pierce St. NE

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

A new recreation center is set up open early next year near the Quarry shopping center in Northeast Minneapolis. The Park Board broke ground in March on the Northeast Athletic Field Park Recreation Center and is on track to complete construction by the end of the year. New programming will begin out of the recreation center, located in the Northeast Park neighborhood, next spring. Once open, the center will house a full-court gym, a walking track, classrooms and a community learning kitchen.

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House of Charity

714 Park Ave.

House of Charity

House of Charity is moving forward with a proposal that features additional supportive housing and a new food center in downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis-based nonprofit is proposing to demolish a one-story building on 7th Street between Park and Portland avenues and replace it with an approximately 23,000-square-foot building for a new food center on the main level and administrative spaces on the top two floors. As part of a second project, House of Charity hopes to replace an existing one-story building on Park Avenue between 7th and 8th streets with 62 units of sober and smoke-free supportive housing inside a five-story building. The vision includes an expanded addiction and mental illness treatment facility and units reserved for young people and veterans, according to preliminary plans submitted to the City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole. The projects would be built in succession to maintain the current food center, which serves more than 300 meals per day.

Photo by Eric Best
Photo by Eric Best

Hall’s Island

15 N. 8th St.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation has begun rebuilding Hall’s Island, a small landmass that was absorbed into the Northeast Minneapolis riverfront more than five decades ago. As part of the project’s $3.5 million first phase, the board will carve a new back channel out of the 11-acre Scherer site just upriver of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge. Once work is complete, the new Hall’s Island will match the approximate shoreline it once had before it was dredged in the 1960s. The island will not be accessible to parkgoers until future phases, which will bring improvements like pedestrian bridges and an observation platform.

Photo courtesy Kraus-Anderson
Photo courtesy Kraus-Anderson

KA HQ

525 S. 8th St.

Kraus-Anderson

The new Kraus-Anderson headquarters in Elliot Park is now home to approximately 260 employees, according to a spokeswoman. The new 100,000-square-foot campus, which can accommodate about 300 workers, will consolidate several of the Twin Cities-based development and construction firm’s facilities under one roof. The more modern, energy-efficient office is part of a larger vision for the block where the H.Q. Apartments, a Finnegans microbrewery and the Elliot Park Hotel are rising.

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Variant

315 7th Ave. N.

Greco Properties

Greco Properties and Opus Group will open their latest apartment development in the North Loop Nov. 19. Variant is a six-story luxury apartment complex developed in partnership with Opus Development and designed by ESG Architects. Amenities include a pool, a fitness center, a dog washing station and underground parking. The 144-unit building features about 14,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.