Address: 3612-16 Bryant Av. S., Minneapolis
Type: Market-rate apartments
Developer: 36 Bryant
Architect: Collage Architects
Details: With the demand for “micro-unit” apartments soaring, a development team has won approval of their plans for a new 41-unit building in Minneapolis over the objections of a group of neighbors.
36 Bryant, a real estate partnership including local developers Jeff Hall and Sean Sweeney, this spring proposed the building near the intersection of 36th Street and Bryant Avenue S. in a spot currently occupied by a one-story office building.
The four-story building, like many other recent multifamily proposals for the urban core, featured very small market-rate apartments, answering a continuing demand in areas with nearby transit and “walkable” amenities. The unit mix included efficiencies as small as 405 square feet and one-bedroom units starting at only 534 square feet. Also in the proposal was a 20-vehicle underground garage.
The building plans were opposed by a group of residents living close to the site. They contended that some of its balconies would impinge on their privacy. They also argued that a 15-foot height variance supported by city planners was out of character for the neighborhood. The Planning Commission, however, voted unanimously to approve the project in April, as did a City Council committee on May 17 when the neighbors appealed the commission vote.