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Two more Downtown Minneapolis high-rise apartments face city approval

Posted by: Kristen Leigh Painter Updated: April 23, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Two more downtown Minnneapolis residential towers will present revised design plans to a planning commission committee next week. 

Opus Group, based in Minnetonka, is proposing a 30-story tower on the surface parking lot currently called the Ritz Block, located on the north end of Nicollet Mall. It would be the first of two towers and completed in separate phases. 

Michigan-based Village Green has changed the exterior materials since the developer's first design renderings. It is proposing an 18-story tower that would salvage the historic Handicraft Guild Building near the corner of Marquette Avenue and 10th Street. 

The Minneapolis Planning Commission Committee of the Whole will discuss both plans at its meeting on April 30. A city staff report mentions several concerns over the number of above-ground parking stalls in Opus' plans. Floors 2 through 5 would be a parking ramp with 369 stalls, which goes against the City of Minneapolis' efforts to minimize the number of downtown parking spaces.

Below are the latest images.

10th and Marquette:

10th and Marquette project renderings (source: Village Green, City of Minneapolis)

10th and Marquette project renderings (source: Village Green, City of Minneapolis)

10th and Marquette project renderings (source: Village Green, City of Minneapolis)

10th and Marquette project renderings (source: Village Green, City of Minneapolis)

360 Nicollet:

360 Nicollet Project renderings (source: Opus Group, City of Minneapolis)

360 Nicollet Project renderings (source: Opus Group, City of Minneapolis)

360 Nicollet Project renderings (source: Opus Group, City of Minneapolis)

360 Nicollet Project renderings (source: Opus Group, City of Minneapolis)

360 Nicollet Project renderings (source: Opus Group, City of Minneapolis)

360 Nicollet Project renderings (source: Opus Group, City of Minneapolis)

Downtown Minneapolis to get another luxury apartment building along Hennepin Avenue

Posted by: Jim Buchta Updated: April 23, 2015 - 12:09 PM

Ryan Cos. and Shorenstein are working together to build a boutique apartment building with about 165 units on a surface lot at 100 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

San Francisco-based Shorenstein, a real estate investment firm, will be the owner and Ryan will provide construction and development services.

This site is sandwiched between the 222 Hennepin Whole Foods/luxury apartment project, which was developed by Ryan and recently sold to a Washington-based investor, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

The project will transform the block, which has a concrete parking garage that sits off center on the block, and a large surface lot. It'll have a low-rise apartment building that will face Hennepin Avenue and be slightly taller than the parking ramp and a narrow strip of land on the opposite side of the parking ramp along First Avenue will get a separate smaller building with several side-by-side walk-up units with tuck-under garages. There will also be retail along Hennepin Avenue at the corners of First and Second Avenues.

Renderings haven't been made public yet, Ryan presented its plans to a neighborhood group and will begin the municipal approval process immediately in hopes of starting construction before end of the year, according to Tony Barranco, Ryan's vice president of development, office and mixed-use in its north central region. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2017 with average rents in the low $2 per square-foot range.

The Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour kicks off this weekend with 50 houses

Posted by: Kristen Leigh Painter Updated: April 23, 2015 - 5:52 PM

The sure signs of spring have arrived: birds chirping, grass greening and waves of homebuyers filling up the market.

To satisfy the inquiring minds of hopeful buyers and home-improvement aficionados, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour will open the doors to more than 50 homes across the two cities this weekend, with an emphasis on historic homes, creative renovations, remodeling and urban landscaping. 

Added this year are two examples of homes rehabbed by the Inspiring Communities program, which was established by the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority in 2013. The program focuses on rehabbing clusters of homes located in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by foreclosure and high vacancy rates.

The two Inspiring Communities homes are located across the street from one another at 689 and 688 East 4th Street.

The tour, now in its 28th year, was started by the City of Minneapolis to encourage people to not flee the city for suburban living. The City of St. Paul joined the cause and the tour the following year.

The home tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

45-unit Laguna Apartments to break ground in south Minneapolis

Posted by: Jim Buchta Updated: April 20, 2015 - 5:47 PM

Dougherty Funding has closed on a $10.3 million construction loan to build the six-story, 45-unit Laguna Apartments at the corner of Lagoon Avenue and Irving Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. The project is owned by Laguna Property Investors LLC and is being developed by Twin Cities-based CPM Development. Construction will start next month in May and is expected to be completed in a year.

Doran Construction will build next phase of BlueStone Commons development in Duluth

Posted by: Jim Buchta Updated: April 17, 2015 - 10:38 AM

View of the entry at BlueStone Flats

Bloomington-based Doran Construction will build Bluestone Flats, a 142-unit luxury apartment building that's part of the BlueStone Commons mixed-use development near the UMD campus. Minnesota Summit Management is the owner and developer of  the project, which will have 700 units of market, student, and mixed-use housing in several buildings called BlueStone, Summit Ridge, Boulder Ridge, and Campus Park. Mark Lambert, principal of Summit Management, said the project will cater to a diverse group of residents from empty nesters couples to recent graduates. The latest building will have studio, one- and two-bedroom units that include balconies, six-foot windows, granite countertops, custom wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, plank flooring and pendant lighting. The Shops at BlueStone is the retail component of the project and includes a variety of service and retail businesses ranging from Tavern on the Hil to Waxing the City. A groundbreaking ceremony for BlueStone Flats will happen in May.

A siteplan showing the entire BlueStone Commons development

A siteplan showing the entire BlueStone Commons development

HCMC increases size of new building at a cost of $33 million

Posted by: Kristen Leigh Painter Updated: April 16, 2015 - 12:55 PM

The board at Hennepin County Medical Center approved a significant increase in both size and scope of its new ambulatory outpatient building on Tuesday.

The new specialty complex's footprint will increase 45,000 square feet from 322,000 to 367,000 square feet. This also raises the total cost $33 million, from $191.7 million to $224.6 million, according to a news release.

 HCMC's board decided its current plans weren't big enough.  Without expanding its plans, "significant additional investment would have been needed to relocate and renovate up to six clinics that did not fit into the new facility."

There are currently 43 individual clinics scattered across nine buildings. This massive relocation effort will allow all of those to be consolidated into 25 clinics, as well as its Comprehensive Cancer Center, at the new six-story care center.

"It's a really complex place," said Scott Wordelman, vice president of ambulatory services. "We are in the process of updating our entire campus plan based on this decision."

Located between 8th and 9th streets and Chicago and Park avenues, the new building is meant to improve efficiency and accessibility while also expanding evening and weekend hours to meet the growing demand of its patients.

“As we completed a careful analysis of our current needs and the volume growth that we’ve seen in the past two years, it has become clear that we would not be able to consolidate all of the clinics and services that are today spread across nine buildings downtown in the square footage originally proposed,” said  in the release.

The Star Tribune reported Sunday that east downtown Minneapolis is undergoing a surge in development interests and HCMC, as the neighborhood's largest employer, is a major player in that transition. 

“Understanding the changing needs and development in the east downtown area, this plan gives us the greatest flexibility for the rest of the campus as we take a fresh look at our facilities,” said Wordelman.

HCMC's revised plan will delay ground breaking by a few months, pushing it back to November. The new specialty building is expected to start seeing patients in December 2017. Hennepin County will be asked to issue bonds to finance the project. The healthcare center will pay down the debt through its operating income.

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