'Micro' Apartments Could be Coming to St. Paul

June 07, 2016 06:56 PM

New development in St. Paul could soon replace a run-down warehouse.

Think of apartments, but much smaller.

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The apartment complex is in the industrial area of St. Anthony Park. There are other lofts and apartments around, but community leaders say this one will be much different in both size and price.

Just a block off busy University Avenue in St. Paul, there are weeds growing up around a spray-painted, run-down warehouse.

Soon, though, the lone building could be replaced with a complex called the Raymond at Carleton Place, which would be a four-story building with micro apartments.

"They are smaller in size; that's why we call it the micro unit project," says Suyapa Miranda, executive director of the Saint Anthony Park Community Council.

The two-bedroom apartments will be in the 900-square-foot range with single units of 350 square feet.

"It has that European setting where we don't need so much room and so much space," Miranda said.

She says one of the biggest benefits with micro spaces, is micro rent. 

"The idea of the project would be $800-$1,000 rent, which is more affordable than a lot of University Avenue projects," she says.

Turning a warehouse into a residential area with a "zen" concept apartment complex, that's also affordable, is what community leaders are endorsing whole-heartedly.

"It's a great project; we're rebuilding the neighborhood," Miranda added.

Work is set to start this fall; the micro apartments should be open next year, Miranda said.


Jessica Miles

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