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Spotlight on Minneapolis Growth
As you walk around Third Ward neighborhoods you see it everywhere - development projects that will increase residential density and spur economic growth for Minneapolis. To keep you updated, we’ll be highlighting key projects in the Third Ward.
- The Target Center: a 23 year-old event center owned by the City of Minneapolis will receive a $97 million renovation that will rejuvenate the landmark and restore its competitiveness. The current building was modeled after Block E and built like a fortress. It lacks inter-connectivity, visual aesthetics, and a positive pedestrian experience. "The new design will facilitate better linkage between the event center and the street," said Council Member Frey. "A substantial part of that will be a glass exterior for greater transparency, easier access to the inside and outside, and enhanced way-finding." The renovation also includes renewed leases with the Timberwolves and the Lynx through 2032. To build a brand new arena the cost is an estimated $500 million. The renovation is not only saving taxpayers, but ensuring the city and state continue to benefit from the $100 million in economic activity generated by the Target Center every year. Also, the renovation will provide 850 jobs during the construction with 37 percent of the construction costs going to labor. Additionally, 95 percent of those construction costs will go to Minnesotans.
- The Nic on 5th (Nicollet Mall between S 4th St & S 5th St): Thriving cities must have a diversity of activities mixed together. To that extent, our core downtown cannot be all business with activity limited from 9am to 5pm. The Nic on 5th breaks the mold of single use by offering residents a chance to live in the middle of it all and experience the vibrancy of downtown. Located on what used to be a surface parking lot, the 253 unit apartment building being developed by the Opus Group, draws residents closer to retail shops and local businesses in the area. The site is also in close proximity to an array of transit options, including light rail right outside the door, hundreds of bus routes blocks away, and convenient bike lanes leading to all corners of the city.
- Riverton (SE 4th St between SE 12th Ave & SE 13th Ave): We must develop housing surrounding the U of M that does not saddle students with extraordinary debt. The Riverton development tackles this increasingly prevalent issue head on by using a co-op model to provide significantly cheaper housing, while allowing students to become active participants in the way their building is operated and run. This project, currently moving through the planning process, proposes demolishing the existing building to build a new 6-story, 66-unit residential building with ground floor commercial space. "Decreasing student debt, activating the street level through commercial space, and giving students an opportunity to participate in their housing decisions make this project a positive addition to Dinkytown", said Council Member Frey. "I am particularly pleased to see that the site plan was amended to include retail at the base level."
- Mill City Quarter (2nd St S between 3rd Ave S & 5th Ave S): Our community is at its strongest when people of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds can live, work, and play together. Mill City Quarter will help to fulfill that vision for a sustainable and equitable community on the Riverfront. With two phases of development, a large surface parking lot will be transformed to add 15,000 sq ft of destination retail space with nearly 300 units of workforce and senior affordable housing. The site will include ample on-site and underground parking and will also leverage innovative design to make it a uniquely welcoming place for pedestrians and cyclists with a direct connection to the Riverfront.
- Cameron (756 Fourth Street N):Throughout the campaign we promised to grow the city, and to encourage diverse populations (diversity based on socioeconomic class, race, culture, and age) to live among each other. As an exciting new affordable housing project, the Cameron will accomplish both goals. We recently approved funding for construction of this project, and will be welcoming our new neighbors to the Third Ward with open arms.
- Superior Plating (315 First Avenue NE):You may have noticed a gaping hole on First Avenue NE where the old Superior Plating site once stood. The old Superior Plating site has been an eyesore, a safety concern, and a polluted mess for more than a decade. So we decided to do something about it. Working with stakeholders, we have triggered safe demolition of the existing structure to make way for a vibrant, mixed-use development that will undoubtedly be the linchpin for the neighborhood’s success in coming years. Specific design and use of the parcel are still being determined. So make sure to express your input.
- A-Mill (301 Main Street SE): The Pillsbury A-Mill, constructed in 1881, was once the largest and most advanced flour mill in the world. Today, redevelopment of this iconic city landmark is well underway with occupancy expected sometime in 2015. This Dominium built project is one of several in the country designed to build a community around those engaged in a variety of creative pursuits, ranging from dance to visual arts. The 251 unit development will also offer community spaces where residents can create and display their work, a dance studio, and multiple gallery spaces. Recently we had an opportunity to tour the progress of the project and it was the first stop of our photo essay. Plans are also underway to light up the “Pillsbury’s Best Flour” sign.
Last updated Dec 22, 2014