Minneapolis City Council approves six-story Dinkytown project

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A rendering of the Opus project that won City Council approval today.
In a vote that could have big implications for the future of the city, the Minneapolis City Council gave the green light for more density in Dinkytown.

RELATED: Slate decries NIMBYism in Mpls, calls for council to approve 6-story Dinkytown project

This morning, the council approved a controversial Opus Development project involving the construction of a six-floor retail and apartment building in the heart of Dinkytown. To make room for the building, the House of Hanson and Duffy's Pizza businesses will close.

The project was recommended for approval by city staff, but the Minneapolis City Council's zoning and planning committee voted against it last week. A group called "Save Dinkytown" emerged to oppose the changes that more density will bring to the historic neighborhood.

Here are some tweets from City Hall reporters who were covering today's City Council meeting: According to Finance & Commerce, the parcels slated for redevelopment include 1300-1322 Fifth St. SE and 425 14th Ave. SE. The new building will have 140 apartments and 10,317 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

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k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

I hope there are enough people out there to afford all this new expensive rental property in the Minneapolis market. Not saying it doesn't exist, but everything I have read says that 18-30 yo population isn't incredibly wealthy from a financial perspective relative to generations past. 

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

This is going to be a huge improvement over a big ugly parking lot and small one story commercial building. The retail spaces in the rendering are already a visual improvement and now people will actually get to live on this plot of land instead largely being a dumping ground for cars. Urban development is replacing suburban development: not seeing the downside here especially when the businesses affected have re-opened elsewhere.

flipphead1
flipphead1

what about Al's breakfast??? is that staying??!!?!?!!


Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

Went I first lived in Marcy, there was a BP next to the Florence Courts. Now it's rapidly becoming something else. One can only hope that this modernization love will shine on things like the Dinkytown Library, and that things like Al's Breakfast are protected from it.

Onan
Onan

I wonder how "affordable" those apartments will be?

Giovanna Fregni
Giovanna Fregni

So sad. It's happening here and in the US. Ironically in a few years they'll be putting up buildings with fake Victorian and Edwardian facades, the same as the fake Tudor ones. Didn't they learn anything about high density-low income neighbourhoods from Cedar/Riverside? Odds are the good stuff will get knocked down and once the new buildings are up and found to be unprofitable, the developers will have disappeared and the city will be left holding the bag.

Joel_Hart
Joel_Hart

Make way for the New Uptown, Condos will rise and push all the creative and artistic characteristics out.  Soon the area will be one big night club/bar/NorthFace Store.  Sad to see the changes but at least there is still NE.

Jen Woods Antila
Jen Woods Antila

build the tax base! thanks for the yes vote Councilmembers...

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

So now all the butthurt capitalists who couldn't understand how local residents might object to having their neighborhood carved up to serve Opus development can stop whining and move on to crushing the next shabby local landmark and replacing it with shiny profitable blandness.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@Charlie Seto All I know is that BP was the closest gas station to my house with free air...I had a tire with a slow leak for a year...that BP helped me save my dominoes!

Someone should put a free air hose on that condo building that replaced it...

bigdeal
bigdeal

@Onan more affordable than no housing at all. what the fuck do you want, a tent village? 

cfesser
cfesser

@Giovanna Fregni Cedar Riverside is humming with small, diverse storefronts because there's a local residential community to support them.

bigdeal
bigdeal

@Giovanna Fregni cedar riverside would be awesome if it weren't for all the section 8 housing. Get rid of that and it could be the heart of the city. 

bigdeal
bigdeal

@Jen Woods Antila spoken like a true property tax payer. 

cfesser
cfesser

@Bob Alberti Some of us are butthurt socialists who're pretty sure you have no idea what you're talking about here. This is a development every progressive should love. More students near campus means fewer commuting by car. More retail on the sidewalk and less empty parking lot means that not only is there more life on the street, there's also more money in the city coffers so that Minneapolis can offer more and better services. More density means fewer people sprawling out across the countryside. And we didn't even lose any businesses. Podium and Book House are open in new locations in the city (Book House barely moved at all), HoH was closing anyway, and the Duffys want to open a new restaurant in the future development. There's nothing to complain about here unless you love parking lots and slumlord housing.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@bigdeal If you live in America, you pay property tax one way or the other...either indirectly built into your rent or directly through cash/escrow in the equity/savings vehicle more Americans have than any other: Property.

No one makes you buy property, but don't delude yourself into thinking you're not paying someone else's property taxes.

kennyX
kennyX

@cfesser "Pink Boy" Alberti is against anything that resembles "progress" unless it involves more tax-payer-funded Section 8 housing, "Social Programs" that accomplish nothing, and Welfare payment increases. As you can see, Bob hates the free market system, hates capitalism, and basically hates America. Bob should really move to Europe since he loves socialism so much.

bigdeal
bigdeal

@cfesser for reals. dinkytown might seem quaint but the actual services and shopping it provides are nil. 

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@kennyX @cfesser Holy shit, educate yourself Kenny. While free-market philosophies like laissez-faire economics existed and found adherents within those that founded the United States, there were also those at the Constitutional Convention that argued Federal intervention was necessary to keep corporations like the East India Co. from fucking things up. There is no mention of markets in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

You know why? The founding fathers a) didn't give a shit which economy's empowered Americans...provided those rights weren't impinged, we could all be communists...they gave no shit b) didn't forsee corporations owning the political process (which is shocking considering the role the world's largest corporation at the time played in secession). 

Laissez-faire economics can largely be pointed to as feeding the current state of American politics in that it is bought and paid for by corporations.

Read a book. No one founded this country on economics.

kennyX
kennyX

@cfesser Well, it's the fucking truth. Go read his comments. He HATES anything that has to do with the free market. According to him, anyone who attempts to make a profit (aka the Free Market System, aka, what this fucking Nation was founded upon) are "evil" and "greedy", yet he has no problem with raping tax payers so that people like himself, can live off of the Government dole. He hates the fact that this new development in Dinkytown will create jobs, a tax-payer base, and a new and rejuvenated Dinkytown. You said it yourself. It will benefit not only the people who live there, but also those who visit. Pink Boy Ablerti would much rather have Section 8 (Welfare Housing) built there so that Government-dependent losers such as himself can suck the tit of Government rather than get a real education and Job. Idiots like Alberti think that Government can provide for him better than the Private Sector can. That is why Bob, who is in his 40's, works at Starbucks as a Barista and is pissed because they won't pay him $100k a year. He hates the free market system because they have the fucking nerve to only pay him what he is worth. Which is $7.25/hr plus tips. 

cfesser
cfesser

@kennyX @cfesser "Move to Europe" is and always has been the rhetorical recourse of the high school dropouts and Fox News wingnuts. Which are you?

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