In development: Harriet Avenue Apartments off the Greenway

Credit: A rendering of the Harriet Avenue Apartments proposed between Harriet and Grand south of the Greenway, designed by Tushie Montgomery Architects. Image courtesy of City of Minneapolis

The Midtown Greenway continues to attract new development, with the Harriet Avenue Apartments proposed for the south side of the Greenway between Harriet and Grand.

Curt Gunsbury of Solhem and Rob Miller of TE Miller are proposing a six-story project with 110 market-rate units and two levels of underground parking with 96 stalls.

The site currently holds surface parking, two houses (one unoccupied), a garage, vacant lots and part of a city alley.

The new gray and black metal building would include a rooftop kitchen and patio and a glass-walled fitness room.

“A ‘glass box’ containing the exercise room hovers at the verge of the Greenway, creating ‘eyes on the street’ and a focal ‘lighthouse’ for Greenway bicyclists and pedestrians,” Gunsbury said in a letter to city staff.

A public path would stand north of the building and function as an east-west walkway with flowering trees and limestone pathway markers.

“We hope this new Philosopher’s Walk will some day be connected to the woonerf and other public amenities envisioned for nearby locations on the south side of the Greenway,” writes Gunsbury.

Eight parcels of land included in the development are 2903, 2905, 2907 and 2911 Harriet Ave. S. and 2900, 2904, 2910 and 2912 Grand Ave. S.

Gunsbury previously developed the Solhem apartments in Uptown.

“High density residential is an expected use for this site and other sites in such close proximity to the Greenway,” he said in a letter to city staff.

In an interview, Gunsbury said much of the building is dedicated to one-bedroom units a bit smaller than other apartments in the area, about 500-700 square feet.

Gunsbury has not submitted a formal application to the city, but preliminary plans will go before the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole on Jan. 28. He also anticipated meeting with the Midtown Greenway Coalition Jan. 28 and meeting with the neighborhood group in February. 

The project as proposed would need rezoning into a Multiple-Family District (R5) instead of the current Light Industrial District (I1) and Two-Family District (R2B). The project would need a conditional use permit to increase the height from four stories to six stories (74 feet). The project would also need approval to reduce setbacks and reroute the alley to the south.