Plans unveiled for another six-floor mixed-use Dinkytown development

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Renderings from the city of Minneapolis's website via the Star Tribune
The latest proposed development would neighbor the already-approved Opus project.
Earlier this month, the Minneapolis City Council gave the green light to a controversial six-floor mixed-use Opus Development project at the intersection of Fifth Street SE and 14tth Avenue SE.

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Opponents of the Opus project worried that it would open the floodgates for more density in Dinkytown, thereby destroying the character of the historic campus neighborhood. (Supporters of the project essentially argued more density is the price of progress.) For better or worse, it appears the floodgates are now open indeed, as this week Doran Companies unveiled plans for another six-story, mixed-use development that would neighbor the Opus project.

The rendering at the top of the post was published on the city's website this week. Here's another one:

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The Doran building would be located between 13th and 14th Avenues on properties that currently house Mesa Pizza and Camdi Restaurant, among other businesses. (The Al's Breakfast building isn't part of the project.)

The Star Tribune provides some context, along with a Google Maps image of the street as it exists right now:
The development is likely to be controversial, as it would transform a core Dinkytown streetscape.

Council Member Diane Hofstede has already introduced a development moratorium for the area. Whether that passes could affect whether the Doran project moves forward.
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A group called "Save Dinkytown" unsuccessfully tried to lobby city officials to deny the Opus project. Their website hasn't yet weighed in on the Doran proposal.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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25 comments
Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

The left is always saying you cant stop progress. Well here is a great example and all the left is doing is complaining. WAKE UP!

1stAve
1stAve

i don't want to hear one more kid complain about tuition while they are living in a 800-1000 a month., these kids are morons. 

aaronshekey
aaronshekey

@andrianalehr I'm ever the optimist. Excited for revived construction, newer, safer buildings. Some of those buildings are falling down.

oagz
oagz

Right, because what every college campus needs is another $800 a bedroom apartment complex.  Students keep crying about high tuition but obviously the demand for overpriced apartments on campus isn't coming from nowhere.

Elisabeth Morley
Elisabeth Morley

Just because it's new, doesn't make it bad. I for one think Dinkytown could use a makeover. I don't think old one story buildings that look grungy add "character," it just makes things look run down.

Suzy Q Kangaroo
Suzy Q Kangaroo

yea, heres a good idea, raise tuition so high that ya have to be HIGH to think u can afford to even go to effing school and build more apts for the poor saps that are going to go sof far into debt that they will never see the light of day beyond the bars of the prison that they are indentured servers for, ya want some frys with that suckers?

Christina Olsen
Christina Olsen

Change can be hard...but it's time has come. Dinkytown will look and be sooo much better when complete.

Didier McDougall
Didier McDougall

And characterizing density as a "price," as if it is some negative characteristic for one of the most urban areas of our city, is ridiculous. Dinkytown is supposed to be a well-populated area with lots of people and retail, not a parking lot. People need to work to make sure redevelopment in Dinkytown is done is a thoughtful and high quality way, not stand in the way of any possible change. Most of Dinkytown in its current state is not historic at all, like the entirety of 5th Street.

Georgia Brandau
Georgia Brandau

Is this another complex that they think "young professionals" that work Downtown are going to want to live in? No one wants to live in Dinkytown past the age of 22

Didier McDougall
Didier McDougall

The proponents didn't argue that "density is the price of progress." They argued that a surface parking lot and cheap one-story buildings aren't "character" that needs to be saved. The truly historic buildings in Dinkytown aren't going anywhere.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

I would bet that Mesa would find a new location in or near Dinkytown, or potentially be invited to rent in the new building.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Long time coming, dinkytown is far too underdeveloped

exgeronimo
exgeronimo

@Chad Liljegren The question is the definition of progress. Things that increase justice for people=progress, things that destroy historic and loved neighborhoods = not necessarily progress.

yeah
yeah

@Jennifer Mc Cartney mesa pizza wasn't there 8 years ago. 

yeah
yeah

@andrianalehr @aaronshekey really? you're going to miss a convenience store? 

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@andrianalehr @aaronshekey WTF, you won't miss the Hideaway!? Its likely the only place on that block that puts anything back in tax revenue...

Camdi surely welcomes a buyout...US Bank is probably financing the thing and Mesa will be there (like Duffy's) in the new development.

It should be noted none of the places you mention are even moderately historic...

aaronshekey
aaronshekey

@andrianalehr The Podium's been closed. I'm excited for what'll replace a decrepit block. I think they can do it and keep some soul.

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