Elliot Park block changes hands; may sprout 27-story tower

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December 20, 2004 // UPDATED 4:56 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

A St. Paul residential development firm has purchased Elliot Park's Hinkle-Murphy block and plans three new residential towers, including one that is 27 stories, according to neighborhood leaders.

St. Paul-based Heritage Development proposes 360 condos on the block between South 9th and 10 streets & Portland and Park avenues. The block is named for its most prominent property -- the historic Hinkle-Murphy Mansion, 619 S. 10th St.

Besides the mansion, the block is home to the Enger building, 1010 Park Ave., which currently houses the popular art gallery Outsiders and Others, and the Baker building, 609 S. 10th St., which includes the new coffeehouse E.P. Atelier and Gallery Atitlan.

Gabrielle Clark, president of Garfield Clark & Associates, a commercial real estate firm that represents 1010 Park Avenue LLC, the block's former owner, notified tenants of the sale in a Dec. 6 letter.

Tom Reid, executive director of the neighborhood group Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) said the developer plans to preserve the block's existing buildings and incorporate the Enger building into one tower lobby.

Heritage Development did not return phone calls for comment. The firm has developed about a dozen residential projects in the Twin Cities suburbs with other proposals in Wisconsin, Missouri, North Carolina and Florida.

The developer presented its plans to EPNI's Building, Housing and Land Use Committee earlier in November.

The EPNI committee voted to create a special task force to work with the developer on the infill proposal.

The Elliot Park section targeted by Heritage Development has seen a development boom. The new towers would rise near the 27-story Grant Park condo tower, 500 E. Grant St., and Skyscape, another 26-story condo high-rise under construction across the street at the corner of South 10th Street & Portland Avenue.

Another 20-story condo tower called the Fifth Avenue Gateway is planned just south of Grant Park at 505 E. Grant St.