Groundbreaking for Eco-Friendly Apartment Complex Takes Place in North Minneapolis

July 13, 2016 05:49 PM

Groundbreaking took place Wednesday for a new, eco-friendly housing development in North Minneapolis.

Brian Herron, owner of Fame Hair Studio on Lowry Avenue, says the Hawthorne neighborhood is "your typical urban neighborhood; it's filled with the good and the bad."

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Regardless of the situation he's there to stay. He also thinks the community needs a spark.

That spark may come from the Hawthorne Eco Village Apartments.

The complex, which has been in the works for 11 years, will feature one apartment building and four townhouses to create 75 units. The project will feature a number of "green" elements including a state-of-the-art system to treat rainwater, a "green" roof on a portion of the main apartment building, and a ground floor bike storage room to encourage use of alternative modes of transportation.

"The first thing I think when I hear about the Eco Village is, first of all, I want to make sure that it's affordable housing and that it's open to the residents of North Minneapolis," Herron said.

All 75 new units will be affordable housing. Beverly Scerrer, with the Hawthorne Neighborhood Association, says the association is attracting more residents with reasonably-priced housing.

"And now we're going to have the tenants move in and that will give them an opportunity also to contribute to the neighborhood," she said.

Herron says that's a win for Hawthorne.

The total cost for the project is $18 million. Construction should be completed by September 2017. 


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