On hold: Office/retail project in Linden Hills

The City Council approved plans in 2015 for an office and retail building at 44th & Upton.
The City Council approved plans in 2015 for an office and retail building at 44th & Upton.

The owners of Sebastian Joe’s are pausing plans to build an office and retail building next to their ice cream shop in Linden Hills.

Mike Pellizzer said they decided to put the project on hold due to construction costs. He said city regulations dictate the size of the building, which was approved at three stories.

“It isn’t big enough to really support the cost of the building,” he said.

He said they could build the project if they simplified the design. Current plans invest heavily in the exterior building façade, he said

The project was conceived as a space for small startup businesses, featuring a rooftop patio for employees. They originally hoped to break ground last fall.

“I don’t know if it will ever happen,” Pellizzer said.

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  • Michael Gray

    Whoa. Thats an amazing looking picture. Hopefully they can get something done that gets close to the way that looks. -Quite a big upgrade over a parking lot.

  • CurtisMSP

    The problem is, “the look”, as it is, makes the building too expensive to build. Linden Hills and Minneapolis is going to have to choose between parking lots or more modest-looking buildings that meet the needs of the people.

  • Michael Gray

    Or we let them build higher. -Which is the smarter thing to do.

  • CurtisMSP

    Yes, that would work too.

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