Proposal to bring new apartment complex to Northeast Minneapolis sparks debate

Updated: August 26, 2019 10:34 PM

More luxury apartments could be coming to Northeast Minneapolis and some neighbors are fighting the project.

They say they don't want to lose homes in the arts district along 13th Avenue Northeast, just west of University.


"It's kind of a sad thing that's happening in the neighborhood," said Meg Gilliland, who lives along 13th Avenue Northeast.

On Monday, dozens packed the Sheridan Neighborhood board meeting to discuss the proposed changes.

"Whether it's a good change or a bad change, this is a big one," Jordan Backstrom said.

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Within the last few years, parts of this neighborhood have changed, and fast as more condos or apartments are popping up.

"It's becoming really expensive for people to live in this neighborhood," Gilliland said. 

Now, plans call for a new four and a half story residential building with more than 100 units. Developers say it would cost between $1,100 and $2,000 a month. It would replace three duplexes at 13th and University avenues right next to The Anchor Fish and Chips.

Developers want to make the building reflect the unique character of the area. 

"We want to be thoughtful," said Curt Gunsbury, with Solhem Companies. "We want to be present and aware of what we're adding to your community and potentially what your concerns are about what we're taking away from your community too."

"I think more apartments are definitely needed," Backstrom said. 

Some like Backstrom welcome the new concept, but he agrees this is a part of town that means so much to many.

"Thirteenth Avenue is an awesome streetscape and there are awesome businesses there that everybody loves," Backstrom said. 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with Ward 3 Councilmember Steve Fletcher. He says a lot would have to change before he would be in favor of the project. 

Developers hope to break ground this winter, but ultimately the planning commission will have to vote.

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