PROPERTIES IN PLAY: NorthEast Properties to watch

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August 1, 2011
By: Michelle Bruch and Sarah McKenzie
Michelle Bruch and Sarah McKenzie

NE Minneapolis has several development projects underway and in the early idea stages, including the new headquarters for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Here’s an overview of new development activity and updates on sites that might see action soon.

1. Old Third Avenue Townhomes 3rd & Central
Construction is underway on eight new for-sale town homes in the St. Anthony East neighborhood — the third phase of a development at 3rd and Central avenues.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and nonprofit developer  Aeon are behind the project.

2. Grain Belt Marshall Street site 13th & Marshall
Developers have been pitching plans to Sheridan neighborhood leaders for the Marshall Street site — a city-owned parcel next to the historic Grain Belt Brewhouse.

The city has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the site that calls for a housing/mixed-used development. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 1.

The site includes a vacant parcel at 1219 Marshall St. and the historic Grain Built office building at 1219 Marshall St.

3. Vacant Burger King site  17th & Central
The vacant Burger King on Central has a new owner looking to redevelop the property, according to the site’s listing agent Brian Bruggeman.

4. Jackson Street Artist Housing Project 1839 Jackson St. NE
The Northeast Community Development Corporation and nonprofit developer Artspace Projects have been working on plans for artist housing on Jackson Street. The latest plan for Jackson Flats calls for 36 rental units targeting households at 60 percent of the area median income or less. The developers are aiming to start construction in early 2012.

5. Proposed apartment/retail project 201 Lowry Ave. NE
A vacant building in the Marshall Terrace neighborhood formerly home to Little Jack’s Steak House might become the site of a new mixed-use project.

The city is in negotiations with Hennepin County, owner of the site, on a potential sale to make way for a new retail and apartment project. DJR Architecture is a potential development partner. DJR Architecture worked on the Holy Land expansion on Central Avenue and Central Avenue Lofts at 24th and Central.

6. Proposed Salvation Army site 63 St. Anthony Parkway
The Salvation Army would like to move its adult rehabilitation center from downtown to Northeast on 10 acres at 63 St. Anthony Parkway — the former Zip Sort building. The center would be a 128-bed facility with a warehouse for donations and classroom space.

The new Northeast center would be 41,000 square feet and two stories. It would house men seeking treatment for drug addictions and men who were homeless.

Pending city approvals, the new facility could open the spring of 2013.

7. New Mississippi Watershed Management Organization headquarters  2522 Marshall St. NE
Construction is underway for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s (MWMO) new riverfront headquarters.

The organization, currently located in the old Grain Belt Brewery, is among roughly three dozen watershed groups in the Twin Cities.

The new headquarters, set to open by year’s end, will allow MWMO staff to conduct a variety of water quality experiments. They will be able to study the difference between water that runs off a green roof compared to a traditional roof. It will also have a “wet classroom” for school groups and interactive exhibits designed to help people better understand water quality issues.

8. Hollywood Theater 2815-2819 Johnson St. NE
The city owns the historic theater, which operated as a movie theater from 1935 until 1987. City officials issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the theater in 2009, but did not get any viable responses, according to a city fact sheet on the project. Now city officials and neighborhood leaders have been considering renovating the old theater to create a hub for jewelers. It would house a gallery, workshops and retail space.