Condo tower faces new hurdle, turf goes in at Vikings stadium

Updated: June 3, 2016 - 2:59 pm

200 Central Ave. SE


  1. 200 Central

Alatus has yet another hurdle to clear if it wants to move forward with a proposed 40-story condo tower near the Mississippi riverfront. The Heritage Preservation Commission voted May 3 against giving the developer a certificate of appropriateness for the project due to historic guidelines on height and scale for proposed development in the area. This follows a petition for an environmental assessment worksheet filed by Neighbors for East Bank Livability, which opposed the project under similar ground. Alatus, which has been planning a residential tower for the past couple years, can appeal the decision to the City Council.

Rendering by Hargreaves Associates
Rendering by Hargreaves Associates

Portland & 4th

City of Minneapolis

  1. The Commons

The City Council has approved a $600,000 agreement with the Downtown Improvement District to operate the Commons park in Downtown East through the end of the year. The temporary contract, paid for by Green Minneapolis and the city, will have the DID cleaning and maintaining the two-block park beginning this summer. While the park’s name has been open to proposals, the East Downtown Council has taken the task of renaming the east part of downtown upon itself. The 21-seat council voted May 5 to adopt “East Town” as a new brand for the Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods.

Image courtesy of Ryan Cos.
Image courtesy of Ryan Cos.

Between 3rd & 4th streets and Chicago & Park avenues

Ryan Companies

  1. Downtown East skyway

Ryan Companies has finished new additions to the skyway connecting the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority parking ramp to the rest of downtown Minneapolis. The connection, which opened to the public May 2, consists of four bridges between the 1,610-stall parking ramp and the two Wells Fargo towers and the Jerry Haaf Memorial Parking Ramp. They represent some of the first skyway connections into the Downtown East neighborhood. A remaining connection between the MSFA ramp and U.S. Bank Stadium will open this summer.


625 Marquette Ave.


  1. Northstar Center

Hess Roise & Co., a tax credit consulting firm, has submitted a nomination with the National Register of Historic Places for the Northstar Center in downtown Minneapolis. The Heritage Preservation Commission approved the nomination May 3 and will be recommending it to the State Historic Preservation Office. Owners of the three-building Northstar Center complex are planning to convert the 313,000 square-foot east building into a 266-unit apartment tower, the Minneapolis branch of Colliers International announced last month.

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File image

721 N. 1st St.

Solhem Properties

  1. 721 1st

A new North Loop housing project from Minneapolis developer Curt Gunsbury has garnered the approval of the Heritage Preservation Commission. Gunsbury’s Solhem Companies is planning a new 124-unit market-rate apartment building on the site of a surface parking lot in the North Loop. Gunsbury told the Journal earlier this year that he was looking to build green space on the site above the Basset Creek tunnel in lieu of a park dedication fee, and current plans call for an 18-space surface parking lot on that part of the site. Solhem plans to break ground on the eight-story project this July and complete construction next summer.

Submitted to the City of Minneapolis
Submitted to the City of Minneapolis

2525 2nd St. NE

Clare Housing

  1. Marshall Flats

Clare Housing has been planning Marshall Flats, a supportive housing apartment building for people with HIV/AIDS, for more than three years, and the project continues to make progress. Plans for the four-story project, a 36-unit apartment building designed by Cermak Rhoades Architects, passed through the City Planning Commission April 25. The project is proposed on the site of the former Little Jack’s restaurant on 2nd Street Northeast in the Marshall Terrace neighborhood. The project received low-income housing credits.

Submitted to the City of Minneapolis
Submitted to the City of Minneapolis

41 N. 12th St.


  1. YouthLink expansion

Preliminary plans for YouthLink’s expansion of its downtown Minneapolis facility surfaced in April at a Planning Commission Committee of the Whole meeting. Through a partnership with Project for Pride in Living, the downtown homeless youth center would build a new five-story, 48-unit residential addition to its facility near Loring Park. The addition would have beds grouped into ten quad units with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities and eight studios. According to submitted plans, the addition would also have a health and wellness area and residents could take advantage of YouthLink’s Career Pathways Center. As part of the development, a small portion of the existing building will be demolished.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Ivy
Photo courtesy of Hotel Ivy

201 S. 11th St.

Heartland Realty Investors Inc.

  1. Hotel Ivy penthouse

The Hotel Ivy has completed a $580,000 renovation of its best room, a two-story penthouse suite that now goes for $5,000 per night. Over the course of six weeks, the 136-room luxury hotel added an upstairs private lounge, a king bed oasis, a master bath with a dual waterfall shower and deep soak tub, and an entertaining space capable of hosting 30 guests to the new suite, according to a release. The suite also has a rooftop balcony in addition to panoramic windows around the 2,500 square feet of living space, which was designed by Martha Dayton. The penthouse overhaul follows last year’s renovations to the guest rooms and lobby bar, along with new restaurants Monello and Constantine.

Photo by Eric Best
Photo by Eric Best

900 5th St. S.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

  1. U.S. Bank Stadium

Turf is finally being installed at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Vikings prepare to open their new home in just a few months. Crews began installing the turf in the $1.1 billion stadium in early May. Other iconic pieces are being added to the venue, including a large video board in the front and the beginnings of the Legacy Ship. Workers have installed the 60-foot mast of the ship, which will eventually hold a 2,000-square foot curved LED video board, in the Medtronic Plaza. The team recently unveiled a new landmark for the plaza from Medtronic, a 100-foot-long contemporary art sculpture dubbed “The Horn” that will be installed this August.

Photo by Eric Best
Photo by Eric Best

801 Marquette Ave.

Franklin Street Properties

  1. TCF building

Franklin Street Properties has called off plans for a 50-story skyscraper that it was proposing in place of the former TCF Building in downtown Minneapolis. The Massachusetts-based real estate investment trust had announced to investors last fall its intention to build a mixed-use tower with apartments, a hotel and office space on the site of the four-story office building. The firm disclosed in a securities filing that it won’t be building a new tower. The bank moved 1,000 employees from the building and the neighboring TCF Tower to Plymouth earlier this year.