A planned housing project in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood will still bring 574 apartments to Minneapolis, but it no longer has the 800 originally envisioned and it no longer has 100 affordable units.
That’s because the Heritage Preservation Commission rejected a proposal for a 30-story tower on the site, and now developers Doran Cos. and CSM Corp. are going with a series of five- and six-level buildings, said Doran Senior Development Associate Cody Dietrich.
The project has been in the works for two years, when Doran and CSM bought 8.7 acres of land — nearly three city blocks — from General Mills Inc. The first phase, The Expo, is a 25-story tower with a six-level building wrapping around the base. That 368-unit phase is under construction and set for a summer 2020 completion.
The concept of several six-story buildings was something Doran and CSM had presented to neighbors, city staff, the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission last summer. It was one of five options Doran gave those groups and came out of meetings saying that the community wanted the 30-story tower plan (one of the five options had two 30-story towers).
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