Hines pitching North Loop complex with 36-story apartment tower, 14-story office tower

Houston firm hopes to add hundreds of units, elevated gathering space at transit crossroads. 

One of the most frenetic spots in the city could soon be home to thousands of new residents and office workers.

Houston-based Hines is putting the final touches on plans to build a mixed-use development on the edge of downtown Minneapolis that would include a 36-story apartment tower with 450 rental apartments and a 14-story, 340,000-square-foot office tower.

The high-density, transit-oriented project aims to connect the trendy North Loop neighborhood to the city’s skyscraper-dotted Central Business District (CBD). Planners said the project will “create an urban oasis” at what is now a crossroads for cars, trains, people, buses and bikers.

“That’s a harsh pedestrian landscape as it exists today,” said Robert Pfefferle, director of development for Hines’ Minneapolis office. “This will knit the fabric of the city back together again.”

Hines expects to begin submitting plans to neighborhood groups and the city this week.

Called North Loop Green (NLG), the project would include several paths connecting pedestrians and cyclists to the Cedar Lake Trail, and several elevated gathering spaces, including a rooftop restaurant-bar and a sky-high “amenity bridge” between the two buildings that will give workers and residents views of the downtown skyline.

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"Hines pitching North Loop complex with 36-story apartment tower, 14-story office tower"; By Jim Buchta; Star Tribune; July 18, 2019

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