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A rendering of the proposed art complex. Courtesy: Frauenshuh.

Developers Propose New Arts Center in Minneapolis

A seventeen-story residential tower with an arts center and artists lofts is being proposed by developers in Edina, Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune. The arts complex would serve as the new location for the Edina Art Center, which has provided creative resources for the Minneapolis suburb since 1977 (the current aging facility requires maintenance).

The new development was designed by Dean Dovolis and Aron Johnson of DJR Architecture and would occupy a three-acre space now owned by the Edina Housing and Redevelopment Authority. After years of seeking community-driven ideas for the site, the city entered a preliminary development agreement with Fraunshuh Commercial Real Estate last December. In addition to the residential tower’s one hundred and fifty units, there would also be twenty-seven artist lofts, including some affordable units. “The time in the development cycle is ripe where if the community can agree on what to build there, we think that this is the right time to do it,” said Bill Neuendorf, Edina’s economic development manager. The city will host a community open house to hear comments about the plan on January 22.

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