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 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.