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Minneapolis Developments

Found 18 blog entries about Minneapolis Developments.

The last few years has given rise to a velocity of growth in Downtown Minneapolis that is undeniable. Within this flurry of activity are a lineup of residential condo projects that are shaping our skyline, namely Eleven Condos, The Legacy Minneapolis and the Alia Condos. All of these are at various stages of the development process.  Below we take a look at each project: 

Out of the gates early: The Legacy Minneapolis 

The Legacy Condos Anyone who drives over the 35W bridge coming out of downtown Minneapolis does not miss the most recent addition to the skyline that is The Legacy Minneapolis.  With 374 units in the building which covers an area larger than any other condo project to date, The Legacy Minneapolis can come across looking like a titan in the city. The

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  The city of Minneapolis is clearly on a high velocity path of growth across the entire real estate landscape.  Over the past 20 years the Mill District in downtown Minneapolis has been especially interesting to watch, coming out of the rubble from the old milling capital of the world into a neighborhood and identity all its own.  Some of the last blocks within the neighborhood are being developed right now.  One of these special sites will have world class architecture thanks to Robert A.M. Stern Architects and be the tallest residential high rise in Minneapolis with a story all its own: Eleven on the River.

The Early Years: late 1990s to 2008

  The visionary period of the Mill District started in the late 1990s with the advent of Brighton

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Famous Daves in Linden Hills is now closed for business

This is a new construction Minneapolis condo project going into the neighborhood of Linden Hills

  What was once a staple in the popular Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis has now closed for good. 

  Last week, Jon Swenson, the owner of Famous Daves shut the small restaurant down and has plans to sell the land to local developer Mark Dwyer.  The site will wind up as a boutique condo project called Linden Crossing.  There will be 16 luxury Minneapolis condo units for sale ranging in price from the $600s to well over 1.5MM.  The first floor will feature 6000 square feet of commercial space with a handful of retail tenants similar to the fabric of the Linden Hills business community.

  So far, 9 of the 16 condos are under contract and pended.  Mark Dwyer says the construction

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Minneapolis Parking Lot  Throughout the core of downtown Minneapolis there are over 140 surface level parking lots.  The lots range in size and scope--recently the city won a grant from the Met Council to look into the benefits of developing these lots as the next frontier to meet the city's goal of attracting 70,000 residents by 2025.  

  The asphalt is so abundant that a teacher has made a hobby out of snapping photos of the frequently deserted parking lots and posting them on his new blog, "Empty Lots," along with catalogues of other missed opportunities in urban planning.

  Now city planners are considering how to transform the lots into the kind of dense, urban development needed to meet the city's aim of doubling the downtown population over the next decade.

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Loring Park Neighborhood    When it was created in the 1970's, the Loring Park Development District was the Twin Cities' most comprehensive and significant effort to attract middle- and upper-income residents to the inner city. The area between downtown and Loring Park presented a classic example of the decline of a prestigious neighborhood at the edge of a city's center. In the early 1970's the city's planners and downtown interests produced a series of plans to be followed by development proposals for the area.

  The Metro Center '85 plan, recommended by the Downtown Council and adopted by the Minneapolis Planning Commission in 1973, pointed out the potential for high density residential redevelopment around Loring Park. The previous year the city council had officially

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  Not too long ago in the mid 2000s when the development boom was in full swing there was plenty of talk about multiple grocers coming to downtown Minneapolis.  In 2006 Lunds eyed a small parcel on 12th and Hennepin with the hopes of putting a multi story grocery in the historic Reno Motor Company which was a car showroom built in the early 1900s.  A developer from out west had aquired the old Jaguar site on Hennepin and Washington with an ambitious plan to erect a tower with a Whole Foods at the base of the building.  There was even talk of a Trader Joe's going into the Mill District.  For a fleeting moment it was all going to happen-until the boom became bust.   

  Fast forward to 2012 and we are seeing glimmers across the downtown real estate

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  What was the cost of your last fill-up at the pump? It is no secret that gas prices are at a record high across the country. In 2011, the yearly national average for a gallon of gas was $3.513, a whopping 72.6-cents per gallon higher than the national average price for 2010. This translates to the typical American spending $400 more in 2011 than 2010. Commuting is becoming more and more expensive as the summer months near with per-gallon pricing likely to exceed $5 for regular unleaded. 

  While one solution could be to downsize your inefficient truck or SUV to a more economical commuter, relocating closer to your downtown office could end your gas woes permanently. Condo living in the Mill District, North Loop, and downtown Minneapolis areas is

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Minneapolis Skyways

  minneapolis-skyways_400Minnesota winters get cold. Very cold. For many who frequent downtown Minneapolis, these figid temperatures may have you thinking twice about making the trip downtown to the Nicollett Mall or surrounding business in the heart of the city. The climate controlled skyways span over 7 miles across downtown, linking multiple buildings to each other over the busy streets in the city. This unique system allows citizens to navigate the urban areas without stepping foot outside. Weather can no longer be an excuse toenjoy the restaurants, businesses, and shops that you love in the large towers.  Panoramic windows still allow daylight and scenic views of downtown to be apartof your commute, making this skyway system an all around solution to

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Through the boom of the early 1980s when downtown was a skyline of cranes busy working on multiple Minneapolis Condo developments numerous buildings surfaced such as The Crossings which tied the skyway system together on the north end of the city.  There was also the crossings_condos_400dramatic Loring Green East and West at the south end of Nicollet Mall which was a massive project consisting of well over 500+ total units.  On the other side of the river a 170 year old Kajima Corporation started work on La Rive in Northeast Minneapolis. 

  These buildings have stood the test of time but with anything starts to become dated as soon as construction is complete. 

  Recently homeowners associations have become keen to updating their common area elements with greater

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  Plans are under way for a future Trader Joe's to unfold in the Uptown area along Lyndale and 27th St in the coming months.  The only thing stopping the Minneapolis real estate development taking place are city and neighborhood approvals.

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The Proposal
A new 14,000 square foot Trader Joe’s grocery and liquor store on the corner of 27th Street and Lyndale Avenue in the Wedge area of Minneapolis. This is just outside of Lyn-Lake and the core of Uptown. Currently the site is home to four buildings with two separate owners.

One owner has been in the neighborhood since the mid 60s, the Geurts family.  They own the Sunnyside Up Cafe/Coin Laundry building, the building that’s home to a tee-shirt shop and the building that’s home to Planet Soccer.  They feel

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