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First Life Time Work co-working office in Twin Cities to open in St. Louis Park

A Life Time Work space opened last month at Life Time’s athletic club in Ardmore, Pa. Courtesy Life Time

The first Life Time Work co-working space in the Twin Cities will open at the Towers at West End in St. Louis Park early next year.

The 28,000-square-foot space will be located in the 1600 West End Tower near the Shops at West End close to the Interstate 394 and Hwy. 100 interchange.  

It will be Life Time’s second co-working space to open in North America. The first Life Time Work opened in April in Pennsylvania. The Chanhassen fitness giant plans to continue to open dozens more co-working spaces in the next few years.

“We all have seen the impact of technology advancements and other changes influencing how work gets done,” said Life Time Founder Bahram Akradi, in a statement. “However, workspaces haven’t adapted nearly enough to address this evolution. Life Time Work addresses this by providing innovative shared work environments that champion a healthy and fulfilling work life by enabling members to be more productive, engaged and fulfilled.”

New images unveiled for Hennepin Av. apartment tower

Courtesy of Tushie Montgomery Architects

New renderings now show what an apartment tower on the corner of Hennepin and Washington avenues in downtown Minneapolis could look like.

Developers are proposing a 20-story, 355-unit apartment complex to take up an empty grass lot and parking lot on the prominent corner across from the Whole Foods grocery store, according to Evan Jacobsen, a principal architect at Tushie Montgomery Architects, who is designing the project.

Chicago-area-based developers Harlem Irving Cos. and CA Ventures introduced the project in August to the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, and last week the association’s land use committee provided a letter of support for the preliminary plans.

Last week, the development group also submitted plans to the city to be discussed at the Sept. 20 planning commission committee of the whole meeting. According to a city report for that meeting, the complex would also have three levels of underground parking with space for 360 spaces and 15 surface spaces. The building, located at 240 Hennepin Av., would be more than 470,000 square feet with close to 21,000 square feet of retail space planned for the first floor.

Across Hennepin Avenue, United Properties has plans to build an office and potentially hotel tower on the Nicollet Hotel Block site.

United Properties hasn’t said what its final plans would entail, but the development company is supposed to submit the land use application for the project to the city this month.

CA Ventures has another project on the planning meeting agenda. The developer wants to build what looks to be a 111-unit, six-story apartment building to replace several smaller multi-family properties at 1202 4th Street SE, next to the Southeast Minneapolis Library in Dinkytown. The complex was designed by ESG.

Courtesy ESG