Minneapolis, MN. 2017
42 Units. Market rate housing.
The project sits on two properties, 2316 and 2320 Colfax. The two properties are two and three story single family houses that have been converted into single room boarding houses. Fire has dramatically affected both buildings, and deferred maintenance has also had an impact on both buildings. These two buildings would be removed for the new structure which is a 42 unit apartment building. The building has a mix of two 4 two bedroom units and 36 one bedroom units. The units are intended to attract a mix of residents and range in size from 600 sq.ft. to 920 sq. ft. Many of the units will be geared to more affordable budgets with the smaller sizing, and the possibility of reducing automobile dependence. The project will be promoting alternative transportation choices. The centerpiece of the community area is a bike transit center which will integrate transit components, repair, and community spaces. Bikes are treated as first class transit choices with simple and available parking. A shared vehicle will be located on site for the residents as an amenity. Additionally, transit passes are offered as monthly rent reductions. The cost of the parking has been reduced dramatically by size, and location. The construction cost savings will go towards greater energy efficiency. This will include increased insulation in walls and windows and centralized heat system with heat exchange. Construction materials will also decrease toxicity from standard levels in an effort to provide a more healthful environment.