Dinkytown vacancies don't faze property, business owners

A man looks at the building where Bruegger's Bagels was located on 14th Avenue in Dinkytown on July 10, 2014. The shop closed in June because of an increase in the retail space's rent rate. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

Vacant Dinkytown storefronts aren’t a sign of a waning business district, property owners in the area say.


University of Minnesota development official set to transition to City of Minneapolis post

Craig Taylor, director of the University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development and Business Technology Center, poses for a portrait at his office in the University Office Plaza on July 11, 2014. Taylor was nominated by Mayor Betsy Hodges to be the next director of the city’s Community Planning & Economic Development Department. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

A University of Minnesota leader could soon be moving his 15 years of community development expertise from campus to Minneapolis City Hall, a shift that he said will foster a stronger bond between the two institutions.


Dinkytown hotel plans revived, under new developer

About two months after Doran Companies’ Dinkytown hotel proposal was put on hold by a city-ordered historical designation study, a new developer has plans to build a hotel on the same block that could keep the original buildings’ facades intact.


Northeast Minneapolis residents, unhappy with pace of riverfront park development, ask: How long is temporary?

What the park board staff see as an internal operations matter, some neighborhood activists see as a slide backwards from progress toward continuous parkland along the river. Anyone hoping to influence the outcome will have just a couple of weeks to write letters and attend a public hearing anticipated July 16.


City planners discuss Dinkytown's future

(Photo by Bill Huntzicker)

Dinkytown, the four-block business district on the north edge of the University of Minnesota in Southeast Minneapolis, could continue to be taken over by six-story mixed-use apartment buildings or it could be “frozen in place” by historic preservation. Between these two extremes, there is much room for planning, says Peter Crandall, designer for the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development department.


New co-op housing proposed in Dinkytown

Riverton proposed a new development on the northwest corner of 4th street and 13th avenue. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

As much campus-area development continues with luxury student housing, one developer is looking to expand its model of community over amenities.


June 21: Imagine an Ayd Mill linear park

Next Saturday, June 21, from 1-4pm, Neighborhoods First, a community group in Saint Paul’s Merriam Park, will be hosting an event on the corner of Summit Avenue and Syndicate Street. The event is titled “Imagine an Ayd Mill Linear Park.” There will be speakers, music, food and exhibits. It will be an opportunity for community members to look at what is currently known as “Ayd Mill Road” and imagine what it could look like as a linear park, or something other than a freeway.


Doran's University-area apartments all up for sale, but Dinkytown presence lingers

Around the same time Doran Companies put five apartment complexes up for sale, the development firm snagged two Dinkytown sites, adding to its hefty portfolio of University of Minnesota-area properties.


Neighbors: When will Minneapolis impound lot go away?

Neighbors weren’t the least bit happy after a May 19 meeting to review the City of Minneapolis’ current proposed strategy for the land adjacent to Van White Memorial Boulevard where the Minneapolis Impound Lot sits. Jon Wertjes, Director for Traffic & Parking Services for the City presented three options.


West 29th Street as a pedestrian destination

The city of Minneapolis has set aside $350,000 towards studying the possibility of reconstructing Uptown’s West 29th street as a pedestrian-only boulevard. Uptown is a tough combination of pedestrian-scale storefronts and speedy auto thoroughfares, so a pedestrian connection that’s being compared to High Line Park could be the necessary cream filling for a truly stellar pedestrian experience. While every project designer seems to want their pedestrian-oriented street project to end up ‘High Line-y’ regardless of any contextual similarity to the High Line, I believe that this project is sitting on enormous potential.

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