A proposed redevelopment of the building known as the Dinkydome near the University of Minnesota is back on track after city planners Thursday approved revised plans for the project.
The Minneapolis City Council will consider the $60 million redevelopment next week.
The Minneapolis Planning Commission last month denied Doran Development's request to rezone and grant variances at the site at the northeast corner of University Avenue and 15th Avenue SE. The variances would have allowed a 13-story addition to house retail tenants and 198 apartments. The commission said the addition was too tall and took up too much space for the site and conflicted with the Dinkytown neighborhood.
Doran appealed. The city's zoning and planning committee on Thursday approved Doran's revised plans with increased setbacks and planters with trees added to one side of the site. The 135-foot height of the addition was not changed.
Kelly Doran said he hopes that work on the project can begin this fall and be completed by mid-2010.
The plans also call for renovating the existing Dinkydome, a longtime landmark occupied by small offices, shops and restaurants, and three levels of underground parking.