Workforce housing planned

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Two “workforce” multi-family housing complexes are proposed for West Broadway, received approval from the West Broadway Coalition’s Planning and Zoning Committee Feb. 2, and appear to be moving along in their respective processes.

One project is 2220 West Broadway, owned by Dean Rose of Broadway Liquor Outlet, who plans to relocate the tornado-disabled liquor store across from its current location and have space for other retail stores on the first floor and put approximately 75 units of housing above. The site would include parcels now owned by the City of Minneapolis at 2413 and 2423 Penn Ave. N.

The City Council’s Community Development Committee recommended granting exclusive development rights for those parcels for 24 months, so Rose and Lupe Development can refine plans and determine feasibility. The matter goes to Transportation and Public Works, and Ways and Means committees of the Minneapolis City Council.

According to city records, Rose and Lupe will pay holding costs of $2,000 per lot for the 24-month period. The site is the former Fire and Ice, former Burger King.

Down the street, on the West Broadway curve at Logan, Common Bond Communities has proposed a 50-unit housing community that also includes support services for families on the first floor. The building would have three stories above ground, and underground as well as some surface parking. The units proposed are mostly two bedroom, with 13 one-bedroom and nine three-bedroom units. There would be a tot lot on site, and the parcel is kitty-corner from Cottage Park at the back.

At the West Broadway Coalition committee meeting, Kris Brogan said the rapid lease-up of Gateway Lofts, which she helped develop, indicates how needed such housing is. Gateway Lofts is at Broadway and Upton, the site of a former gas station.