Planning Commission approves A Mill Artist Lofts

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April 23, 2012 // UPDATED 4:06 pm - April 24, 2012
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

A plan for 252 apartments geared toward artists in the historic Pillsbury A Mill secured approvals from the Minneapolis City Planning Commission on Monday night.

Plymouth-based Dominium Development is behind the development proposal called the A Mill Artist Lofts. The A Mill complex, which was listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of 11 most endangered historic places in the country last year, has been vacant since 2003.

Owen Metz, senior development associate for Dominimium Development, said he's pleased by the commission's decision.

"Every item was passed unanimously and has helped build some positive momentum on our planned redevelopment of the A-Mill in to live-work artist apartments," he said. "The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association continues to be a strong advocate of the redevelopment and has provided public support at each of our recent public hearings."

The City Council's Community Development Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m. to consider a resolution approving issuing up to $75 million in tax exempt Multi-Family Housing Entitlement revenue bonds for the project. The meeting will be in room 317 at City Hall, 350 S. 5th St.

While Marcy-Holmes neighbors have been receptive to the development plan, some neighbors living in Phoenix on the River, an upscale condo development next to the A Mill, have been critical of the plan. 

Dominium is also working on rehabbing the Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul and building 261 affordable apartments for artists on the site.

The Planning Commission also approved another downtown-area development Monday — Velo Flats, a mixed-used development proposed by Opus Development in the North Loop. The plan calls for 106 apartments at 103 2nd St. N., which is now home to Merit Printing.