Minneapolis is seeking development proposals that include an affordable housing component on a city-owned parcel in the Mill District.

If developers propose housing for the site at 205 Park Av., city staff will give preference to apartment projects with at least 20 percent of its units affordable to those making at or below 50 or 60 percent of the area median income, according to a request for proposals (RFP) released Friday afternoon. If the developer proposes for sale units, the city would like to see a contribution to a land trust to ensure more affordable homes.

The site is located directly across S. 2nd St. from the front doors of the Mill City Museum. The project will share the block with the Mill Quarter Parking Ramp.

Like other RFPs released by the City of Minneapolis, this one outlines its expectation for "active, ground-floor retail and/or public uses at this site, especially along Washington Avenue." 

The city will consider proposals with a maximum height of eight stories.

In addition to the request for affordable housing, which requires sophisticated financing, the neighbors are pining for a place to grab breakfast, said Jacob Frey, the Council Member representing the neighborhood.

"We're looking for a mixed project in terms of income, use and purpose. We believe the site is prime for both market rate and affordable housing with retail at the base and, with a little luck, a breakfast joint," Frey said.

Proposals are due June 10.


photo courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.

photo courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.


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