Will Feng shui woo renters to these new Minneapolis apartments?

  • Blog Post by: Jim Buchta
  • October 22, 2012 - 11:52 AM


A night-time rendering of 7west. Source: Tushie Montgomery Architects

A night-time rendering of 7West. Source: Tushie Montgomery Architects


Gone is Grandma's Saloon and Grill, a venerable eatery/bar at the "7 Corners" intersection on the West Bank of the University of Minneapolis. The building, once a popular hang out (and watering hole) for U of M students, is being replaced by a 213-unit apartment building with a handful of innovative features that will help the buiding stand out even as thousands of new rental apartments are coming online in Minneapolis. 

A partnership between Twin Cities-based Solhem Companies and TE Miller Development said that 7west will feature a wide range of unusual design elements for an apartment building, including organic composting and recycling stations on every floor, an onsite "HOURCAR" and a rain-barrel irrigation system. The developers also consulted a Feng shui expert to determine the building's layout, construction and amenities. 

That same partnership recently announced plans to build a 138-unit apartment buiding in the North Loop neighborhood just down the street from Soltva, a $18 million, 100-unit building that was completed in August 2012. Here's a rundown on the details:

  • Project cost: $43.4 million.
  • Contractor: Greiner Construction
  • Architect: Tushie Montgomery Architects
  • Rent prices:
  • Studio: $995 to $1,200
  • 1 bedroom: $1,285 to $1,500
  • 1 bedroom plus den: $1,550 to $1,750
  • 2 bedroom: $1,525 to $2,200
  • For details go to


A rendering of a two-bedroom unit. (Tushie Montgomery Architects)

A rendering of a two-bedroom unit. (Tushie Montgomery Architects)


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