Developer proposes big rental tower in Dinkytown; would replace McDonald's, surrounding businesses

Updated: August 20, 2019 06:45 PM

A developer wants to change the way Dinkytown in Minneapolis looks. CA Ventures is looking to tear down the McDonald's and surrounding businesses on 15th Avenue S. and put up a 16- or 25-story apartment high-rise with parking.

The McDonald's in the area has been operating since 1962.


There are two options under consideration for official proposal.

Option A features a 25-story tower consisting of about 13,000 square feet, while option B is 16 stories high, but doubles the size at 26,000 square feet. Both towers would have about 250 parking spots, below and above ground, and both options would get rid of the McDonald's and Dinkytown Wine & Spirits.

"It definitely is kind of iconic, everyone comes here [to McDonald's] Friday night, Saturday night late, totally packed, they have bouncers at the door, so I think it would kind of change the vibe of Dinkytown," said Murron Rome, who works nearby. 

The proposal would also affect a few other store fronts along 15th Avenue and 4th Street SE, which Rome said she would hate to see go.

"I don't think the big building would bother me so much as much as the lack of [...] little places around here that everyone goes to eat," said Rome.

The high-rise tower would be right next to the historic district.

"There used to be a lot of history over there in those buildings," said Sam Hyde, who lives nearby. "I used to work at Vescio's, and there's a lot of high-rises going up because of modernism, the main issue." 

It isn't a done deal just yet. There's one more round of preliminary feedback from the city, and then there's a formal application process. It could take at least 8 to 10 weeks after that for a decision.

"The public notice period isn't open yet, so we really haven't gotten a lot of feedback yet from surrounding business owners, or residents, or anyone," said Lindsey Silas, Minneapolis City Planning Commission's senior city planner.

But the owner of the liquor store is clued in, telling 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he let his employees know changes could be coming, and they haven't decided if they'll stay or go if there's a new commercial front in the high-rise.

"It would affect the area, but I'm not sure if it would in a good way or bad way," said Brandon Halloran, who works nearby.

CA Ventures issued the following statement to KSTP:

"CA Ventures, the developer behind LINK at Prospect Park which opened last spring, as well as HERE Minneapolis and Uncommon Minneapolis both currently under construction, is proposing another transformative project at the gateway to Dinkytown. The developer has begun initial conversations with the city and neighborhood groups in an effort to hear all stakeholder visions for the site and will craft a project that fits this iconic location with the same detail and quality of work we provide to all of our projects."

For the full memorandum filed to the City Planning Commission, click here.

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