Four-tower, 400-condo project gets Elliot Park OK

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April 18, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

At its April board meeting Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) voted to recommend city approval of a major condo/retail development called 1010Park Avenue.

St. Paul-based Heritage Development's ambitious plan includes four new glassy towers and incorporates the historic Hinkle-Murphy Mansion, 619 S. 10th St., on the block bounded by East Grant & South 10th streets & Portland and Park avenues. Heritage also plans to move the Enger Building, 1010 Park Ave., closer to Park Avenue.

The 380-400-unit project will rise a block east of the newly opened Grant Park development and a block south of the Skyscape condo tower, which is currently under construction.

The project will be built in two phases, according to Heritage Development officials.

Phase One, to be started in spring 2006, will feature eight- and 16-story towers on the block's east side. The towers will have so-called "green roofs" that use vegetation and soil to cut runoff into storm sewers, and five above-ground parking levels.

Phase Two includes 21- and 31-story towers with seven levels of aboveground parking. Phase Two could begin in 2007.

When completed, 1010 Park will have between 14,000 and 17,000 square feet of ground-level retail spread throughout the project. A "Grant Street Plaza," highlighting the mansion, will run north-south down the middle of the block, interrupted only by the existing Learning Center building, which may be incorporated into the project or removed, depending on the school's possible relocation.

RS Eden Apartments, transitional housing for chemically dependent individuals, will remain, as well as the Balmoral Building apartments, 1005 Portland Ave.

The developer worked with an EPNI task force to ensure that neighborhood residents and existing businesses and art galleries like the project.

Before construction begins, Heritage must facilitate plans to permanently relocate the Outsiders and Others Gallery, now in the Enger Building, into the mansion.

Heritage Principal Mike Moriarity has also pledged to make efforts to keep current tenants in the Baker Building, 609 S. 10th St. Moriarty said the developer would bring in small, "niche retail" rather than national chains, and would "treat them fairly with rent," to ensure their success.

The area's City Councilmember, Lisa Goodman (7th Ward), and EPNI have asked that some tenants' existing leases be extended for five years - with rent controlled and adjustment for inflation - after current leases run out. Heritage seems amenable.

Heritage gave Goodman their assurance that they intend to follow through on their promises, including replacing city sidewalks and crosswalks with inlaid brick at their own expense. A triangle of land across Park Avenue will be landscaped, as well, in partnership with the neighborhood organization.

EPNI board members and Goodman praised the project. "It's clearly the best project going on in this part of town, maybe the whole city," Goodman said.

Community Development Coordinator David Fields said he is "very happy with both sides, especially Heritage Development."

Heritage will continue to work with the task force on project details.