Building Boom in Minnetonka Precedes SWLRT Green Line

July 24, 2018 07:39 AM

If you build it... they will come.

That seems especially true in Minnetonka right now.


Hundreds of new housing units are either in the planning phase or already under construction near what will be the 'Opus' light rail station along the proposed green line.

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One that's already under construction is called 'The Rize.' It's 322 units, scheduled to open in 2019.

Another development called 'The Mariner' is 249 units. It's designed to have trail access and be steps from the light rail platform. This project is being introduced on Monday night at the Minnetonka City Council meeting.

Also on Monday, the council will be voting on final approval for yet another project called 'Dominium.' This one would be 482 units, divided into senior and general occupancy, and all of it affordable.

"All of it would be considered work-force housing, affordable to those earning 60 percent of the area median income," said Julie Wischnack, with the city of Minnetonka. "If you look at our housing it's quite old and we are looking to refresh that," she said.

Construction on the green line could begin this fall. It's scheduled to open in the year 2023. 

Editor's Note: Project officials previously said the opening was set for 2024. This article has since been corrected to 2023.

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