Updated: Jul 14, 2019
A new development proposal would bring more than 240 new apartment units, split between three buildings, to a seven-block stretch of Girard Avenue in Uptown.
A six-story, 119-unit U-shaped building would rise at 2701 Girard Ave. S., on a site currently occupied by three single-family rental homes and a duplex. A block-and-a-half to the south, at 2832 Girard Ave. S., three other single-family homes would be knocked down to make way for a six-story, 76-unit building. A four-story building planned farther south, at 3220 Girard Ave. S., would also have 76 units and would also require three single-family homes and a duplex to be demolished.
All three buildings would include green roofs and enclosed parking accessible by alleys. The two six-story buildings would have a mix of apartments leaning heavily toward studios and one-bedrooms. The larger of the two six-story buildings would have 74 underground and first-floor parking stalls, while the other would use an automated car elevator to fit 43 spots into the building’s smaller footprint. Plans for the four-story building call for 38 parking spaces.
City staff have said plans for the six-story building at 27th & Girard are “too big for the site,” which is currently zoned for residential buildings four stories or shorter. Under the Minneapolis 2040 plan for growth currently under review by the Metropolitan Council, the site would allow buildings of only 1–3 stories. The other proposed six-story building at 28th & Girard is more in line with zoning guidelines; the 2040 plan would allow buildings up to 10 stories on the site. The four-story building at 32nd & Girard is currently zoned to allow four-story buildings, though the 2040 plan calls for buildings of three stories or shorter on the site.
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"More than 240 apartment units pitched on Girard Avenue"; By ZAC FARBER; Southwest Journal; June 13, 2019