City group gives 39-story riverfront tower a conditional OK
The Minneapolis Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for Bridge Place, a 39-story condominium tower planned for the riverfront at 220 S. 2nd St.
The commission backed the proposal by APEX Asset Management Corp. at its Aug. 19 meeting on the condition the company builds no more than 283 units. The St. Louis Park-based company is a partner with Minnetonka-based Opus Corp. on the project.
The Planning Commission also approved the company's application for a major site plan review with a number of caveats, including that the developer return to the city's Heritage Preservation Commission and get that panel's approval on the building's faade design.
The Commission has also directed the developer to add more windows to the building's west-side faade.
Plans for Bridge Place involve erecting a tower that will be connected to an existing Housing and Urban Development Department building on the same block. APEX has described the building's faade as having a "cool" skin, featuring large windows and brick and stone with an historic feel.
The HPC has denied the project a certificate of appropriateness, finding the design doesn't fit in with other historic buildings in the area, such as the Milwaukee Road Depot and the main branch of the U.S. Post Office.
The design is "so exuberant" that it distracts from those buildings' architecture, said Philip Koski, an HPC commissioner.
Koski said the Commission found the project to be "overly ornate" in the context of the neighborhood.
APEX has appealed the HPC findings to the Minneapolis City Council's Zoning and Planning Committee. -- Sarah McKenzie
Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Next: Board meeting, Sept. 9. Meetings: Board meetings 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., LaSalle Plaza, 800 LaSalle Ave., Suite #131 Contact: 659-1279, www.thedmna.org Borders: Mississippi River, Hennepin Ave., Washington Ave., 3rd Ave., 12th St., 5th Ave., 5th St., I-35W.
North Loop Neighborhood Association Next: Board meeting, Sept. 24. Meetings: Last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Heritage Landing, 415 N. 1st St. Contact: Jim Grabek, 677-1090, www.northloop.org Borders: Lyndale Ave., Mississippi River, I-94, Hennepin Ave., Washington Ave., 3rd. Ave.
Citizens for a Loring Park Community Next: Board meeting, Sept. 9. Meetings: Board meets 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. 430 Oak Grove St., #207. Livability Committee, 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Dunn Bros on 15th St.; Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m., 4th Monday, 430 Oak Grove St. Contact: Jana Metge, 874-9002; www.loringpark.org Borders: S. 12th St., I-35W, I-94, Lyndale Ave., and I-394.
Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc. 8/21/03 meeting NEW CONDOS: Tandem Developers of Chicago, Ill., pitched a plan to the neighborhood group for a new condominium development on Portland Avenue between 9th and 10th streets. The proposal, still in the beginning stages of the design process, would call for a 200-unit complex that would include 15,000 square feet of retail space. It would feature a 15-story tower. The developers said they would market the units to residents in the neighborhood and expect prices for the units to average about $200,000. The neighborhood group approved a motion backing the plan with the condition that developers continue consulting residents in the design process and keep prices in an affordable range for residents. Next: Board meeting, Monday, Sept. 8 Meetings: Board 2nd Monday of the month, 7 p.m., 1000 E. 14th St.; Economic Development Strategies, 3rd Wednesday, Building Land Use and Housing, 3rd Thursday; Neighborhood Action Committee, 4th Monday. (EPNI\'s committee meetings are open to all adults who live, work or own property in the neighborhood. Local Churches may appoint up to 3 people to represent them.) Contact: 335-5846 Borders: I-94, Hwy. 55, 5th Ave., S. 5th St.
Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association Next: Board meeting, Sept. 16. Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the odd-numbered months, 7 p.m., Pracna on Main, 117 SE Main St. Contact: www.niebna.org. Borders: Nicollet Island, Mississippi River, Central Ave. SE, railroad tracks north of and parallel to 1st Ave.
Downtown Action Network Next: Lunchtime meeting, Thursday, Sept. 11, noon. Meetings: 2nd Thursday monthly, Downtown Council offices, 81 S. 9th St., Suite 260. Lunchtime presentations are free and open to the public, but no lunch is served. Contact: www.d-a-n.org.