The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) recommended city approval of a proposed 11-story condominium in-fill project at 1016 Marquette Ave.
The developer, MSP Commercial, gained DMNA's nod at the group's March meeting with a revised exterior design. An earlier iteration by architects Tanek, Inc. had received "mixed reviews," according to Alex Young, MSP's vice president of development.
The new design features more glass and a prominent curving rooftop to give the building a more stylish, transparent appearance than the previous boxy design.
"This project is intended to ... draw [potential tenants] into the sights, sounds, smells of Downtown," Young said. "You can walk out on your balcony; other [condominiums] might have great views but not necessarily operable windows."
The 5,170-square-foot site also dictates the project's design. The tiny plot of land is more than twice as deep as its Marquette Avenue frontage. Developers are seeking "setback" variances on three sides of the building that would allow them to build closer to the property lines than currently allowed. Tanek's Jim Lindborg explained that there wouldn't be enough footage for a viable project otherwise.
The project would include seven 3,300-3,400-square-foot units, one per floor, above-ground-level parking with a two-car space for each unit. A two-level, 5,000-square-foot penthouse tops the building, covered by the curving roof structure above. Each unit would have a long south-facing balcony (toward 11th Street) interrupted in the middle by a prominent copper column that architects expect to take on a green "patina."
Elevators from the lobby open directly into the units - just one uncommon feature that DMNA board members found intriguing.
Units are not yet being presold, Young said. He expects the project to go before the Minneapolis Planning Commission in early April, with a possible summer groundbreaking and occupancy by spring 2006.