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Title: Minneapolisblockshomedemofornewapartments
Authors: DrewKerr
Source: Finance&Commerce(Minneapolis,MN).05/27/2013.
AccessionNumber: L54818474FACO
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Minneapolisblockshomedemofornewapartments
WhendeveloperMichaelLandersetouttobuilda45unitapartmentbuildinginsouthMinneapolis,hisfirst
stepwastospeakwiththecityshistoricpreservationofficer.
Assuredthe1893buildingat2320ColfaxAve.S.didnotcarryanyhistoricsignificanceandcouldbetorn
downtomakewayforthedevelopment,hemovedaheadwiththe$7millionplanandwasgranteda
demolitionpermitinMarch.
OnFriday,thoseplanstookabighit.TheMinneapolisCityCouncilvotedunanimouslytodenyLanders
bidtoteardownthe6,000squarefoothome,constructedbyprominentmasterbuilderTheronPotter
Healy.
ThedecisionconfirmsanearliervotebythecitysHistoricPreservationCommissionandfollowsconcerns
frompreservationists,neighborsandtheLowryHillEastNeighborhoodAssociationwhoheldthebuilding
upasanimportantpieceofMinneapolisarchitecturalhistory.
Lander,founderandpresidentofMinneapolisbasedLanderGroup,saiditsunclearwhathisnextmove
willbe.Theprojectcouldbescrappedorthebuildingcouldberelocatedsomethingonecontractorwho
testifiedbeforethecityestimatedwouldcostasmuchas$120,000.
Anopenhousetoshowcasethebuildingsinteriorrebuiltafterthreefiresandnowdividedinto15
apartmentsmayalsobeheldtohelpmakethecasethatthebuildingisashellofitsformerself.
Fornow,though,Landersaidheisfrustratedbythechainofeventshesaysledhimtoinvesttensof
thousandsofdollarsonlytobeleftatthealtar.
Weworkhardtohavetheprojectswedoembraced,Landersaid.WerenotreallyorientedtotheOver
mydeadbody,kindofstuff.
BuildingownerMikeCrow,whopurchased2320ColfaxAve.S.andtheneighboringhouseat2316
ColfaxAve.S.in1991,isalsounsurewhathewilldonext.
Crowsaidheboughtthebuildingsbelievingtheycouldberedevelopedandhasbeentryingtosellthe
propertiesforthelastfiveyears.AsidefromLander,hehasreceivedafewoffersfromorganizations
lookingtousethebuildingasagrouphome.Renovatingthebuildingisestimatedtocostasmuchas
$900,000.
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EventhenIdontknowhowyouwouldgoaboutdoingit[rehabilitation]withallofthemissing
architecturalparts,Crowsaid.
MinneapolisCityCouncilmemberGarySchiffsaidthecitysdecisionmarksaturningpointinthecitys
commitmenttohistoricpreservationandthatsimilareffortsshouldbemadetosavethemorethan100
Healybuilthomesremaininginthecity.
WehavethepotentialtohaveanenormousinventoryofHealyhomes100yearsfromnowbutitwilltake
thedeterminationofpolicymakerstodecidewerenotgoingtoallowspeculativecommercialdevelopment
tochipawayatthat,hesaidatFridaysmeeting.
HealyhasbeenrecognizedforhisworkbuildingQueenAnnestylehomesinsouthMinneapolisbetween
1886and1898.AblockintheCentralneighborhoodofsouthMinneapolisisdesignatedtheHealyBlock
HistoricDistrictbythecityofMinneapolis.
CouncilmemberMegTuthill,wholivesaroundthecornerinanotherHealybuilthome,echoedthe
sentimentandsaidthemoveisalsoimportantfromanenvironmentalstandpoint.
Tearingdownthehomewasestimatedtoproduce180tonsofmateriallikelytoendupatalandfill.That
figureisbasedonanestimatebycontractorJohnJepsen,whotestifiedduringthecouncilszoningand
planningmeetingearlierthisweek.
AndersChristensen,aHealyenthusiastwhoappealedthedemolitionpermit,cheeredthecouncildecision
andsaidhehopeditsignaledagreatercommitmenttoretaininghistoricbuildingsinthecity.
Pastdemolitions,hesaid,reflectaculturalinferioritycomplexthatdiscountsthecityshistory.
ChristensensaidhishopenowistohelpCrowfindanewbuyerwhowouldbeinterestedinpurchasing
thehomeandreusingitforanurbanhotelorbedandbreakfast.
Itsnotaboutcreatingamuseumbutfindinganewuseforsomethingthatsstillusableandstillvaluable,
hesaid.
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