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An aesthetically pleasing parking ramp 2500 1667 UrbanWorks Architecture

An aesthetically pleasing parking ramp

via Southwest Journal After I graduated from college, I worked at an architectural firm in San Francisco for a couple years. The architects there used to make fun of what they called the city’s “beauty contest” for new development. Architectural renderings were submitted to the city by developers and then evaluated on how the proposed…

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St. Louis Park church plans to sell property to PPL for 80 affordable units 1348 744 UrbanWorks Architecture

St. Louis Park church plans to sell property to PPL for 80 affordable units

via Sun Sailor With support for affordable housing making up part of its mission, Union Congregational Church has decided to work with nonprofit developer Project for Pride in Living to provide 80 such units on property owned by the congregation. The St. Louis Park church would maintain the building that contains its sanctuary on the…

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Twin Cities apartment developers add ‘entertainment suites’ to woo downsizing boomers 1200 800 UrbanWorks Architecture

Twin Cities apartment developers add ‘entertainment suites’ to woo downsizing boomers

via Star Tribune When Mike Green’s youngest son went off to college, he swapped a five-bedroom house in Excelsior for a suburban apartment that’s about a third as big. Still, he managed to wedge his dining table into the space, but not his leather sectional. “It was humongous and looked really silly in here,” Green…

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MPS Center for Adult Learning 2500 1591 UrbanWorks Architecture

MPS Center for Adult Learning

via Architect Magazine Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) developed a new Center for Adult Learning located on Lake Street near Hiawatha Avenue. It is specifically designed for two of its programs: Adult Education, which connects individuals to the skills, supports, and opportunities they need to gain stability, self-sufficiency, a career path, and contribute to society as…

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Project for a Pride in Living’s Maya Commons is underway 924 491 UrbanWorks Architecture

Project for a Pride in Living’s Maya Commons is underway

via Finance & Commerce No one can accuse Project for a Pride in Living of not getting the most out of the former Bunge grain elevator site in northeast Minneapolis. The nonprofit Minneapolis developer, also known as PPL Properties, ceremonially broke ground Wednesday (having begun construction in July) on Maya Commons, the fifth and final…

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$11.2 million Minneapolis project to help house homeless 1271 668 UrbanWorks Architecture

$11.2 million Minneapolis project to help house homeless

via Twin Cities Pioneer Press Work has begun on a downtown Minneapolis complex designed to put people who are homeless into affordable apartments. A ceremony to celebrate the construction of Park7, which includes 61-unit studio apartments, is planned for Tuesday afternoon. The $11.2 million project in the 600 block of Seventh Street downtown is expected to…

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Kraus-Anderson Preps for $20M Upscale Apartments in St. Paul 1063 693 UrbanWorks Architecture

Kraus-Anderson Preps for $20M Upscale Apartments in St. Paul

via Twin Cities Business Kraus-Anderson Development today announced that it has begun tearing down a vacant office building in St. Paul to make way for a 92-unit upscale apartment building. The firm is redeveloping the former Capital Professional Office Building at 590 Park Street in St. Paul’s Capitol Heights neighborhood. Kraus-Anderson built the original structure…

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Senior housing developers partner with Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood 2560 1813 UrbanWorks Architecture

Senior housing developers partner with Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood

via Star Tribune Hundreds of apartments for seniors could rise in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis, without the conflict that often accompanies new developments in old neighborhoods. Read More

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Affordable Housing for Neighborhoods 3200 2160 UrbanWorks Architecture

Affordable Housing for Neighborhoods

via Architecture MN “For years, the city of Hastings had struggled to find a good use for a one-acre property on the eastern end of its historic downtown. The old tannery that once stood on the site, overlooking the Mississippi River, had been demolished and replaced by a surface parking lot. From time to time,…

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Raising the Bar 1728 2160 UrbanWorks Architecture

Raising the Bar

via Architecture MN “No building type has garnered more design criticism in recent years than the apartment building, with much of the fault-finding centered on neighborhood-scale issues and overuse of material collage in the design of facades. In the following pages, Architecture MN highlights two new multifamily projects that aim to hit the design trifecta:…

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