Project Manager David Frank says his firm does not need any city variances to convert the Warehouse District building's now-empty floors, but they do need amendments to their existing PUD (planned unit development) and conditional-use permit for more than five units of housing. Frank expects city approval for those amendments within four weeks. No construction date has been set.
The business center's first three floors house construction subcontractors, media companies and other commercial tenants.
Frank said this kind of mixed-use development is becoming increasingly necessary.
"Mixed-use is a big deal lots of places. So far in the Twin Cities, it's mostly been side-by-side. You'll have your retailer there and housing next to it," Frank said. "We're seeing more and more examples of commercial uses below housing, and we think it makes more and more sense as the city gets more and more dense and more people want to live there."