JUNE 14, 2016
UPDATED: JUNE 14, 2016 - 3:55 PM
  1. 200 Central

200 Central Ave. SE


The City Council’s Zoning & Planning Committee has overturned the Heritage Preservation Commission’s decision to deny approvals for a 40-story condo tower project in an area just northeast of downtown Minneapolis. Alatus has been planning the approximately 280-unit development over the past year for the site on Central Avenue now home to the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home and St. Anthony Athletic Club. The committee also gave its approval to demolish the aging buildings within three months to move forward with construction. A full Council vote is slated for June 17. Alatus is planning to break ground later this year.

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  1. Montage

116 E. Hennepin Ave.

Schafer Richardson

Schafer Richardson is less than a month out from beginning construction on the legendary Nye’s Polonaise Room bar and restaurant, and now it has unveiled a branding for the 72-unit project that would contain some of the Nicollet Island-East Bank landmark. Montage will be a six-story apartment complex that will feature two of the Nye’s buildings, as well as new construction and infill that have been scaled back from the 29-story tower that was originally proposed. As part of the project Schafer Richardson is also planning one of the city’s first car-stacking garages that will more efficiently use the small site.


  1. City Center

33 S. 6th St.

Shorenstein Properties

City Center, one of downtown’s most iconic buildings, has been put up for sale again. The 1.6-million-square-foot office tower and retail complex, located at Nicollet & 6th, was last sold for $205.5 million to the current owner, San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties. The company expects to receive bids around $300 million, according to Real Estate Alert. The complex, built in 1983, was last renovated for $15 million in 2005 and is the fourth tallest tower in Minneapolis. Target Corp. leases a majority of the office portion.

Rendering courtesy of Schafer Richardson
Rendering courtesy of Schafer Richardson
  1. @mosphere

700 5th St. N.

Schafer Richardson

Schafer Richardson has unveiled branding for a potential 11-story office development in the North Loop. The development, dubbed @mosphere, will contain about 200,000 square feet to the hot office market, as well as about 4,500 square feet of street-level restaurant and commercial space. The proposal would replace the current Weather-Rite building on 5th Street. Maureen Michalski, Schafer Richardson’s director of development, said they’ve begun marketing the space and will move forward with the entitlement process once they’ve signed major tenants. The project’s website is mosphereoffice.com.

Submitted to the City of Minneapolis
Submitted to the City of Minneapolis
  1. Marshall Apartments

1301 Marshall St. NE

CPM Companies

CPM Companies has submitted plans for a 70-unit apartment mixed-use apartment building near the Grain Belt Apartments in Northeast Minneapolis’ Sheridan neighborhood. The development team has submitted preliminary plans to the City Planning Commission’s Committee of the Whole for the six-story project that would replace an auto sales and repair shop at Marshall & 13th. The proposal features nearly 3,000 square feet for a restaurant tenant, a “skylounge” on the roof and a workout room. For parking, the team is proposing 55 stalls split between 35 on-site spots and 20 off site. DJR Architecture is handling the project’s design.

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  1. Target Center renovation

600 N. 1st Ave.

City of Minneapolis

Mayor Betsy Hodges hailed in the official start to a nearly $129 million renovation of the Target Center at a ceremony June 8. The 18-month project will build out new suite offerings, a new exterior and the venue’s sound system, lighting, restrooms and seating. Mortenson, in association with Thor Construction, is managing construction for the project and was the lead contractor when the venue was completed in 1990. The city-owned Target Center will eventually shutdown temporarily for the work. A completion is slated for the fall of 2017.

Crews recently installed turf into U.S. Bank Stadium, which is set to open in July. Photo by Eric Best
Crews recently installed turf into U.S. Bank Stadium, which is set to open in July. Photo by Eric Best
  1. U.S. Bank Stadium

900 S. 5th St.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

City officials have issued a certificate of occupancy for U.S. Bank Stadium, which allows the Minnesota Vikings and other stakeholders to move in more than a month ahead of schedule. Much of the final work is being done as the actual field takes shape. Crews recently installed the team’s goalposts. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for July 22. The Vikings are scheduled to play their first game in the new stadium Aug. 28 — a preseason contest against San Diego. The first sporting event in the stadium will be an Aug. 3 game between soccer teams Chelsea and AC Milan, which will be playing an International Champions Cup game.

Submitted to the City of Minneapolis
Submitted to the City of Minneapolis
  1. Westminster expansion

1221 Nicollet Mall

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church has submitted site plan review and variance applications to the City Planning Commission for its June 13 meeting. The church has been planning to demolish a neighboring office building to construct a roughly 50,000-square-foot expansion to its campus at Nicollet & 12th in downtown Minneapolis. The addition would include worship, performance and gathering spaces for up to 300 people, replacing the church’s existing 225-capacity Great Hall. The 3,100-member community has been located on its current site since 1897.


  1. Hennepin reconstruction

Hennepin Avenue

City of Minneapolis

City Council’s Transportation & Public Works Committee has signed off on a preliminary redesign concept for Hennepin Avenue — one that would put the street on a slight road diet and include bus stops between the road and bike lanes. The design is in its early stages and project planners will return to the Council for additional approvals when a more detailed design has been completed. Though the redesign project for Hennepin between Washington Avenue and 12th Street is slated for 2020, public works staff are seeking $7 million in federal funding for the $15.7 million project and need to finalize basic details of the project early.

An illustration of the Downtown East Commons park.
An illustration of the Commons park in Downtown East.
  1. Commons

Portland & 4th

Ryan Companies

The Commons, the 4.2-acre park in Downtown East, is now taking shape as stakeholders prepare to open U.S. Bank Stadium next month. Trees, landscaping and other construction updates now have the site resembling a basic park, which Ryan Companies is set to hand over to the City of Minneapolis this summer. The City Council recently approved a $600,000 agreement with the Downtown Improvement District to operate the park on an interim basis until a long-term plan is finalized. Green Minneapolis, the non-profit parks conservancy spearheading fundraising for the park, is expected to eventually handle operations.

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