Contractors for the Trammell Crow apartment project in CIDNA are alleged to have used wood that fails to meet fireproof standards. Construction has been delayed. This news was reported by Channel 5 TV on Friday. There will be a press conference by the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council at 9am Monday, July 25 at the Market Plaza fire station.
In 2015 Trammell Crow commenced construction of a 230-unit apartment project on the site of Tryg’s Restaurant. During construction, serious damage occurred to the neighboring Loop Condominiums. CIDNA and the Loop Condos did not oppose the project. In its July 13, 2016 Board meeting, CIDNA unanimously passed a resolution requesting Trammell Crow and its contractors to constructively engage with Loop Condos to address damage caused by the apartment project. Please see CIDNA’s resolution here.
In its June 8, 2016 Board meeting, CIDNA unanimously opposed a drug store drive-thru proposed by Doran Companies, the new owner of Calhoun Village Shopping Center. Technical revisions to the resolution were passed in CIDNA’s July 13th Board meeting. CIDNA nevertheless commended Doran for improvements to the shopping center including a dedicated bicycle-pedestrian trail connecting with the Midtown Greenway and significant landscaping improvements. Doran’s application for the drive-thru was approved by the Minneapolis Planning Commission on June 27 primarily because a drive-thru represents a permitted use under the existing ordinance. Please see CIDNA’s final resolution here.
The Greystar and Trammell Crow projects in CIDNA are both scheduled for groundbreaking soon this spring.
In its January, 2015 Board Meeting CIDNA proposed a pedestrian-bike connector trail between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. Our initial vision and design concept is presented here.
During the past few months we have been refining the details of the proposed tunnel under the Midtown Greenway. Two designs are being considered. The first option would proceed through the eastern edge of the pocket park adjacent to the Greystar project. (Initial design and elevations are presented here.) The second option would locate the tunnel on the western edge closer to the apartment project. (Please see design and elevations here.)
The second tunnel design offers a number of advantages:
- There would be more vertical separation between the top of the railroad berm and the Met Council’s new force main below.
- It would eliminate the descending ramp in the first tunnel design that was necessary to access the tunnel on the south side of the Greenway.
- The second design would require minimum use of HCRRA property. The first tunnel design located the ramp on railroad property in order to protect the force main.
- The second design would take trail users along the quieter north side of the Greenway berm away from Lake Street traffic where wetland nature could be observed. We are recommending a boardwalk to preserve the wetland. (The wetland was created as mitigation for Lake of the Isles restoration a few years ago. CIDNA contributed $100,000 to help re-create this wetland and the adjacent soccer field.)
- The second design would preserve easy connection with (a) the Greenway to the east by the dog park, (b) the dog park itself, and (c) the congested park intersection at East Calhoun and Lake of the Isles Parkways.
CIDNA is working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to include this trail in a pending Lakes Area Regional Park study. We are also working closely with the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority.
The trail would add a new connection from the Midtown Greenway and the dog park to Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. The trail would offer a more peaceful and safe crossing of West Lake Street for pedestrians and cyclists (compared with Dean Parkway and Market Plaza). Preliminary design and engineering has been provided on a pro bono basis by ESG Architects, Kimley-Horn, and Greystar. We hope to coordinate this project with construction of the Greystar project. The trail would access the sidewalk in front of the Greystar project on West Lake Street. Interim at-grade crossings of the Midtown Greenway are also being considered.
Representatives of Trammell Crow met with CIDNA residents on December 11 to discuss details of the apartment project to be constructed on the Tryg’s Restaurant site. The project is proceeding as expected and conforms substantially to the plans approved by CIDNA in April, 2014.
Small Design Changes and Improvements
A number of small design improvements were presented including:
- A fire truck turnaround has been introduced, whcih has the effect of moving the east wall of the entryway building 4 feet further away from the Loop Condos. This change also addresses concerns raised by Loop residents in CIDNA’s April, 2014 meeting approving the project.
- The roof patio area on top of the 6th floor has been reduced and moved south towards Lake Street, which will keep patio activity further away from Loop residents.
- The number of units has been slightly increased from 162 to 164 with the same number of total beds. The parking ratio will remain at about the same level (1.2 stalls per unit and 1 per bedroom, excluding 50 stalls for the restaurant).
- Small patios with surrounding potted greenery have been introduced on the garden apartments roof. This feature will improve the appearance of the low roof to the surrounding apartments and Loop Condominiums.
- Discussions are proceeding to eliminate the unsightly telephone pole on Lake Street by placing power and utilities underground.
Preliminary Construction Schedule
- Demolition of existing structure: March/April, 2015
- Soil remediation/export/foundation (including sheet pile driving): May/June/July, 2015
- Vertical Construction Commencement (above ground): August, 2015
- Construction Completion: October, 2016
- Move-ins: November, 2016
Traffic Management and Detailed Schedule
Traffic management plans and detailed construction schedule will be announced in about February depending on contractor discussions. Please consult this website for forthcoming details. Also click on the “Follow Us” button (top right) in order to receive notification of new posts.
If you are interested in joining a committee to advocate for a new pedestrian trail on the north side of the project and south of the Greenway, please contact Bob Corrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trammell Crow has included this trail on their site, but we must approach adjoining property owners to make this trail work.
There will be a meeting to update the neighborhood about the Trammell Crow Apartment Project to be built on the site of Tryg’s Restaurant on Thursday December 11 at 6pm in the Lakeview Room of Jones Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Avenue.
CIDNA voted not to oppose the project in April, 2014, and the project was subsequently approved by the Minneapolis Planning Commission in June. Please refer to previous posts regarding approved construction design.
The purpose of the meeting will be to update the neighborhood about construction schedule, project refinements and detail, coordination with Loop Condos, traffic management, and other issues such as noise and equipment. Principals from Trammell Crow and ESG Architects will present. The meeting is expected to be relatively short. The public is welcome.
The project is expected to break ground in March, 2015 subject to the weather, contractor arrangements, and final technical approvals from the city.