New East Bank condo project unveiled

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March 14, 2005 // UPDATED 1:52 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

A 126-unit condominium development would replace three buildings at Northeast 6th Street & 1st Avenue Northeast under a proposal unveiled last week.

Minnetonka-based Mathwig Development presented early plans to the Nicollet Island/East Bank Neighborhood Association (NIEBNA) at an informal meeting. Current plans for the unnamed development show four floors of condos above-ground-floor commercial space. Six residential units are also on the ground floor.

The L-shaped building would run the length of 6th Street, a dead end, and, on the other side, would abut City Salvage, 505 1st Ave. NE. The back of the property will face the railroad tracks. The project site covers almost 67,000 square feet; 10,200 for commercial, 7,000 residential and the rest for parking.

Representatives of Mathwig and BKV Group architects discussed the project with NIEBNA members and representatives from developer Schafer-Richardson, which owns the Banks Building, 615 1st Ave. NE, directly across 6th Street from the site. The two developers agreed to work together in "making [6th] Street better."

The preliminary plans will likely change, the developer representatives said, based on neighborhood feedback.

Alternatives could include an eight-story building, which NIEBNA Chair Victor Grambsch was open to seeing. BKV's Gretchen Camp said that version would move one of two garage entrances to the building's rear and remove possible drive-through retail at 6th Street & 1st Avenue.

Several parking scenarios were discussed at the meeting, including the adding more than the proposed one-car-per-unit allotment. Grambsch and Mathwig stressed their desire to keep the neighborhood pedestrian friendly.

Neighbors can view early plans at the next NIEBNA board meeting, Monday, March 21, 7 p.m. at Pracna on Main, 117 SE Main St.

Mathwig's most recent project in Downtown was the renovation of Elliot Park's Lenox Historic Lofts, which opened in October.

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