Minneapolis neighborhood hopes 100-unit apartment building will fend off gentrification

Artspace's 100-unit building will go up on once-blighted site in the Harrison neighborhood. 

Artspace, a Twin Cities nonprofit that develops housing and work space for low-income artists, is about to start construction on its biggest project in the state: A 100-unit mixed-use apartment building will be built on a once-polluted site in the Harrison neighborhood in north Minneapolis.

Becky Carlson St. Clair, director of property development for Artspace, said the neighborhood's proximity to new transit lines and downtown Minneapolis, where the cost of housing and land is considerably higher, is boosting development — and housing costs — in the area.

"They're really feeling the pressure of increasing rents and gentrification," she said. "So there's a strong focus on maintaining affordability in the area."

The Northside Artspace Lofts will be built on the north half of a block along N. Irving Avenue in what's known as the Glenwood Avenue West Market District, a once-blighted, mostly commercial/industrial zone that's contiguous with several expensive neighborhoods, including Bryn Mawr and the North Loop. The site is within blocks of the planned Blue and Green Line LRT extensions, recreational bike trails and other public transit.

The site, which is within the Bassett Creek Watershed, was once occupied by an industrial dry-cleaning business and parking lot, but has been undeveloped for several years. Contaminated and unstable soils have made the area challenging for developers.

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"Minneapolis neighborhood hopes 100-unit apartment building will fend off gentrification"; By Jim Buchta; StarTribune; October 27, 2019

Keywords: Affordability, Gentrification, HousingCrisis, Neighbors

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