Ward 3 Issues
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. Under the leadership of CM Frey, the Community Planning and Economic Development department unveiled the Downtown Public Realm Framework Plan. This is a guiding policy document focused on the enhancement of priority streets and urban spaces. It will provide a template for a more compelling pedestrian atmosphere, as well as enhanced greening within downtown neighborhoods. This effort parallels and partners with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Downtown Service Area Master plan initiative. Additionally, CM Frey has championed efforts to fully connect the Mississippi River trail along the Northeast bank and secure much needed green space in North Loop.
- The Commons (425 Portland Ave S): Enjoy downtown Minneapolis' new 4.2 acre public green space. It is for everyone - a respite from the work day, a place to gather and connect, an entertainment destination and an anchor of the Downtown East area transformation. Enjoy the green space; Make a new friend; Exercise; People watch; Eat your vegetables; Snap a selfie; Call your mother; Climb the play structure; Cool off in the splash pad; Delight in the gardens; Stroll the pathways; Attend a reading; Get your dance on; Laugh; Contribute.
- Great River Landing (813 North 5th Street): Great River Landing will be a high-quality apartment building for up to 72 adults, most of them fathers, who are committed to being good parents, workers and community members. The tenants will have a home, a job and access to services promoting heath and recovery. Beacon, with lead congregational collaborators Plymouth Congregational Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church, is planning this housing with service provider Better Futures Minnesota.
- Hewing Hotel (300 North Washington Ave): This boutique hotel occupies the historic Jackson Building, originally built in 1897 and used as a farm equipment showroom. The century-old brick and timber warehouse is being reshaped into an independent, 124-room hotel with a restaurant and rooftop bar. In addition to a bar and outdoor seating, the rooftop will also have a pool and will be open to the public after 5:00 p.m.
- 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.
- NordHaus (315 First Avenue NE): NordHaus is a collection of custom designed apartment homes in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, where First meets University. Scandinavian inspired design mixes European style with North Woods character, the outdoors with cozy interiors, and a fine wine with a good beer. Luxurious finishes and amenities throughout, they are geared toward those that recognize coffee is an art form, the importance of never wasting a summer day, and that live-work-play is more than just a catchphrase.
- The Ritz Theater (345 13th Ave NE): The historic Ritz Theater is locatied in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Thanks to its owners, the Ballet of the Dolls, the Ritz has been renovated, restored, revitalized and is now able to offer an eclectic range of entertainment from dance and theater to live music, film, and of course, the Dolls themselves.
Last updated Nov 30, 2016