Oppidan shares plans for Minneapolis 46th & Hiawatha Mixed Use development

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The proposed development on the Blue Line and near Minnehaha Regional Park, replaces an existing warehouse, weaving retail and housing uses together with a “high quality, pedestrian-focused urban streetscape”.

Pope Architects is partnered with the lead developer Oppidan, residential design consultant and developer Greco, and consultant Kimley-Horn.

The Mixed Use development features 150 market-rate apartments above a 48,000 sq. ft. grocery store. Amenities such as storefront shops, outdoor dining, pedestrian-scaled lighting, and signage will blend seamlessly with sustainable stormwater management techniques expressed through street trees and native plantings, resulting in a unique, place-based retail and mixed-use environment with direct connections across Hiawatha Avenue to the light rail station.

Finance & Commerce reported on the development. “We think there is a huge demand for a grocery store in that area,” said Drew Johnson, a developer for Oppidan.

Minneapolis City Council Member Andrew Johnson also emphasized the benefits of the grocery feature. “I think what is surprising is that for a community of more than 30,000 people, it seems like so many have to drive to other neighborhoods to do a lot of their grocery shopping. This will bring an option that’s a lot closer for many people.”

Oppidan hopes to begin the redevelopment this fall.

Read more on Finance & Commerce (subscription required), and an earlier article from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.