Address: 18th Avenue E. between 66th and 68th streets, Richfield
Type: Multifamily residential
Units: 284 new, 33 rehabbed existing units
Developers: Inland Development Partners, Kraus-Anderson Construction
Architect: UrbanWorks Architecture
Details: St. Louis Park-based Inland Development Partners in tandem with Kraus-Anderson Construction landed backing from the Richfield City Council for the Chamberlain Apartments this fall after meeting with neighbors of the project near 18th Avenue S. between 66th and 68th streets. Three buildings with 284 apartments are slated to be built starting in the spring.
The residents voiced concerns over loss of privacy, increased traffic and other issues with the large-scale development, which will be going up on land cleared of homes in the early 2000s following the creation of a new runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the effort after the builders agreed to a series of mitigation measures.
The project will contain a mix of market-rate and affordable units and marks the first new multifamily development in the runway-impacted area, as well as the first new apartments on the city’s East Side since 1971. It is coming after 18th Avenue was designated at the future alignment of the Richfield Parkway extension: the new road will be extended to 68th Street.
An existing 33-unit apartment building, called Cedar Pointe South, will be rehabbed into the Chamberlain as affordable housing.