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Caitlin Anderson, Associate Reporter

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Sarah Mai

“In good times and in bad times”: Despite pandemic, University seeks property, plans for redevelopment

August 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the University of Minnesota’s continued land purchases in Stadium Village. Over recent months, the University has pursued the acquisition of high-profile properties...

The intesection of SE 13th Ave. and SE Como Ave. on Thursday, July 23.

Southeast Como sees trajectory towards more rental, absentee owners

August 6, 2020

Southeast Como resident Georgia Smith has lived on 13th Avenue Southeast since 1947. But the neighborhood she has known her entire life has changed dramatically. Now, Smith, 72, remains one of four homeowners...

A residential street is wet by an afternoon rain shower in the Como neighborhood on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Southeast Como to see new 40-bedroom townhouse development

July 23, 2020

The city’s Planning Commission has approved a 40-bedroom townhouse in Southeast Como, despite pushback from neighbors. GGR Restoration, LLC, an entity related to the longtime University of Minnesota-area...

The ordinance could give the city an opportunity to work with other partners to do what is best for the city and its community, said Ward 2 Council member Cam Gordon.

Proposed ordinance would give communities heads up before sale of property

July 20, 2020

A new ordinance could require developers or property owners to notify the city before the sale of certain properties, giving communities citywide the potential for greater input. The ordinance, authored...

Mohammed Aliyu (left) and Henok Gemeda (right) style customers' hair at K Signature Slice Barber Shop on Lake Street in Minneapolis on Monday, July 13.

Black-owned barbershop to open in Dinkytown

July 15, 2020

Mohammed Aliyu has been interested in cutting hair since he was young. At the age of 13, before receiving training, Aliyu decided to cut a patron’s hair at his brother’s shop in Nigeria. It did not...

The Como Congregational Church in the Como neighborhood on Sunday, July 5.

Minneapolis 2040 Plan draws concern for UMN-area developments

July 8, 2020

City stakeholders are evaluating how current Minneapolis planning guidelines may affect development in University-area neighborhoods. Ward 2 city council member Cam Gordon is spearheading conversations...

Sarah Mai

UMN to buy apartments in Stadium Village

July 6, 2020

The University of Minnesota will buy student housing apartments in Stadium Village for $25 million to further its plan for expanding its clinical campus. The Board of Regents voted in early June to allow...

Alison Kirwin, owner of Al’s Breakfast, poses for a portrait in front of the restaurant in Dinkytown on Wednesday, July 1.

Dinkytown restaurants adapt — or falter — in the face of the pandemic

July 2, 2020

The restaurant landscape of Dinkytown has shifted dramatically in recent months while contending with a pandemic-strained economy. With businesses across Minneapolis seeing financial burden from a market...

Site of Stadium Village Church property, recently bought by the University in Minneapolis on Thursday, June 18.

UMN seeks to buy Stadium Village Church property

June 25, 2020

University of Minnesota administrators have made plans to buy the Stadium Village Church property, furthering progress toward a clinical research facility.  The Board of Regents reviewed the Stadium...

A concept rendering for the large-scale residential project, which would redevelop the site of McDonald’s, Subway and TCF Bank

New plans revealed for Dinkytown McDonald’s development: shorter and wider footprint

June 20, 2020

A large-scale residential project to redevelop the site of McDonald’s and other Dinkytown businesses has reemerged with plans for a lower height and a wider footprint.  Developer CA Ventures, LLC...

Mark Eckelaert stands in front of 44 North, the apartment building he is residing in, Wednesday, June 17 in Stadium Village. Eckelaert is searching for a short-term lease or sublease to take over for the fall semester. 

Rentals near campus feeling bare since start of pandemic

June 19, 2020

Many rental units near the University of Minnesota have emptied since the campus closed during spring break, creating uncertainty about occupancy numbers in the fall. Following conversations with property...

The Campus Cafe Turkish Grill in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 17.

Cedar-Riverside businesses receive $10,000 pandemic relief loans

June 18, 2020

Several small businesses near the University of Minnesota received loans meant to aid COVID-19 economic recovery. Seventeen Cedar-Riverside businesses each received $10,000 from the city of Minneapolis...

Glendale Townhomes, one site where mutual aid funding is being given on Monday, June 8. 

Mutual aid fund provides COVID-19 supplies to public housing residents

June 12, 2020

Community organizers will begin giving out supplies — meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 — to public housing residents near the University of Minnesota as part of a larger project to help residents...

The Red Sea Resturaunt in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Friday, June 5.

Businesses contend with state reopening, protests

June 8, 2020

As the state begins to reopen and protests break out through Minneapolis, several businesses near the University of Minnesota campus are contending with the option to unlock their doors for customers. When...

Concept rendering for a 12-story development on 15th Avenue. 

12-story student housing development proposed for Marcy-Holmes

June 4, 2020

Developers are proposing to build a 12-story development in Marcy-Holmes aimed at providing student housing near campus. The project, proposed by GD UP Minneapolis and Cuningham Group Architecture, presented...

Bar Luchador sits closed on Washington Ave in Stadium Village on Friday, May 29. (Audrey Rauth / Minnesota Daily)

Bar Luchador closes after nearly five years in Stadium Village

June 1, 2020

Bar Luchador, the wrestling-themed Mexican restaurant in Stadium Village, has closed permanently following economic uncertainty from COVID-19. The nearly five-year-old establishment announced early May...

MaX it PAWN was among the businesses extensively damaged in Thursday's riots. Cedar-Riverside is the southernmost University-area neighborhood, making it closer to where the first protests began. 

Cedar-Riverside pawnshop left scorched from riots

May 29, 2020

A Cedar-Riverside pawnshop was engulfed in flames early Friday morning, while nearby businesses were boarded up during the day in anticipation of another night of protests.  Firefighters worked to...

The former location of a Papa Johns in Blegen Hall – replaced by Oath Pizza – sits vacant in September 2018. Oath Pizza may now be on the chopping block, too. 

Multiple on-campus dining locations could close

May 22, 2020

University of Minnesota administrators are recommending the closure of multiple on-campus retail dining spotsby July , including Burger Studio and Freshii Cafe. The dining venues were chosen based on an...

Jeff Kern, the large format manager at Bolger, assembles acrylic face shields at Bolger’s facility in St. Paul on Friday, May 1.

Local manufacturers see opportunities, reduced demand during COVID-19 crisis

May 6, 2020

Manufacturing companies in Southeast Como are seeing less demand for products, but they expect business to pick up as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  Under Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order,...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Minneapolis provides $3 million in housing funds for renters

May 6, 2020

The city of Minneapolis is trying to help renters during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering relief for households citywide. In response to concerns from renters experiencing difficulty paying for rent or...

Urban Growler Brewing Company

For breweries, COVID-19 and state restrictions make business ‘brutal’

April 28, 2020

During COVID-19, breweries and advocates say Minnesota legislation can make it harder to reel in much-needed revenue.  Limits to the sale of alcohol for breweries and distilleries due to Minnesota...

Moving carts fill the mailroom at Middlebrook Hall on Saturday, March 21. Many freshmen at the University of Minnesota are moving out of University housing as a result of COVID-19.

UMN students have trouble retrieving belongings from dorms

April 27, 2020

University of Minnesota students who unexpectedly moved out of the dorms due to COVID-19 closures face uncertainty about when they may be able to return for their belongings. About 90% of students who...

The neon signs of Annies Parlour in Dinkytown hang dark on Saturday, March 21.

Dinkytown community aims to raise awareness of takeout for businesses

April 23, 2020

As businesses at the University of Minnesota operate solely on takeout options, community members are aiming to help raise awareness and bring in more customers. Many businesses near the University are...

The S.E. University Ave. Raising Canes advertises its takeout options on Saturday, March 21.

Hennepin County opens hotels to homeless in face of COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Hotels throughout Hennepin County — including in the University of Minnesota area — are opening up to those experiencing homelessness amid the coronavirus outbreak. Hennepin County officials began...

Construction is conducted in Minneapolis on Monday, April 6. Many developments could be put on hold as policymakers try to decrease COVID-19’s spread.

Developments around the University, including housing, could stall amid COVID-19

April 10, 2020

Development projects around the University of Minnesota could be put on hold as policymakers try to decrease COVID-19’s spread. The University area has been ripe for new construction for many years,...

Three houses under consideration for demolition are seen in Marcy-Holmes on Sunday, April 5. The site could be host to a potential project with micro-unit apartments.  

Historic Dinkytown houses may be demolished for new apartments

April 6, 2020

Three potentially historic houses in Marcy-Holmes may be demolished to make way for new student-focused micro-unit apartments. The houses’ historical significance will be considered this week by the...

Third-year student Natalie Swanson poses for a portrait at the house she rents in Marcy-Holmes on Wednesday, April 1. Swanson was laid off from her job at a coffee shop that stopped operation in response to COVID-19. Though her landlord has lowered rent by $100 per person, she is uncertain about her ability to make rent after April. 

Without work, rent payments worry students living near campus

April 3, 2020

Last week, University of Minnesota junior Natalie Swanson was laid off from her job as a barista at an independent coffee shop.  A week earlier, University senior Gigi Wanner also found out her on-campus...

The neon signs of Annie's Parlour in Dinkytown hang dark on Saturday, March 21.

Businesses near campus face increasing uncertainty during outbreak

March 23, 2020

Many businesses near campus that once bustled with students now remain empty and dark with phones ringing unanswered and front sidewalks staying mostly untrodden. Early last week, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob...

Construction equipment stands ready on an empty plot of land beside homes on Erie Street Southeast. on Friday, March 13. Several homes on the block are set to be demolished as part of a broad plan for the future clinical campus facility.

Housing demolished in Stadium Village for University development

March 17, 2020

Recent demolition of housing in Stadium Village is helping advance a plan for the University of Minnesota’s future clinical research facility. Several housing structures along the 600 block of Erie Street...

Minneapolis declares local emergency, shutters restaurants

Minneapolis declares local emergency, shutters restaurants

March 16, 2020

Mayor Jacob Frey declared Monday a local public health emergency in Minneapolis, which includes the temporary closure or limited accessibility of restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs and bars due to the...

Sarah Mai

A gateway to campus: The vision for Stadium Village comes to fruition

February 27, 2020

A Board of Regents vote earlier this month furthers a redevelopment plan that will completely transform the Stadium Village area. The East Gateway Project, a plan led by a University of Minnesota Foundation...

The Como Congregational Church stands amid freshly-fallen snow on Monday, Feb. 17.  The historic site faces the potential of being developed into an apartment building.

Development could replace historic Como church

February 20, 2020

Plans for a residential building in Como have been proposed, with some neighbors raising concerns over the site’s historical significance.   Representatives from Valerian LLC and HL Architects presented...

The McDonald's located on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast as seen on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

City Council vote stalls development at Dinkytown McDonald’s site

February 17, 2020

With a Minneapolis City Council vote on Friday, plans for large-scale development at the site of Dinkytown McDonald’s have effectively been stalled. The CA Ventures proposed development, in partnership...

The Board of Regents meet about the East Gateway Project Resolution, on Friday, Feb. 14. The Board of Regents holds a meeting each month.

Regents approve plan to redevelop Stadium Village

February 17, 2020

A plan to redevelop much of Stadium Village was approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents last week. The East Gateway Project, a redevelopment venture sought by the University of Minnesota...

City seeks to deepen relationship with small businesses

City seeks to deepen relationship with small businesses

February 13, 2020

City officials are seeking ways to better work with local establishments, which business owners around the University of Minnesota say is a welcome venture. A City Council economic committee approved a...

Courtesy of Hennepin County.

New Marcy-Holmes development would convert single-family home

February 4, 2020

A single-family home in Marcy-Holmes could be seeing new life as denser rental housing, mirroring a larger trend in campus neighborhoods. Representatives of Go Gopher Rentals, LLC met with the Marcy-Holmes...

Courtesy of Kaas Wilson Architects.

New 71-unit apartments bring the new and old to Marcy-Holmes

February 3, 2020

New apartments near the University of Minnesota will use both historic buildings and new development to bring more housing to the area. Plans for a six-story residential building on the edge of Marcy-Holmes...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Micro-unit apartments moving into University area

January 30, 2020

A University of Minnesota neighborhood could see more tiny apartments – a trend mirroring the Twin Cities as a whole. Marcy-Holmes’ newest tiny apartments, also known as micro-units, are currently...

Courtesy of the University of Minnesota.

Details emerge on UMN Foundation Stadium Village development plan

January 23, 2020

University of Minnesota officials recently weighed more details of a development plan that would transform much of Stadium Village. The University of Minnesota Foundation revealed early renderings of the...

Courtesy of DJR Architecture.

Apartment plans could bring more single living to Marcy-Holmes

January 20, 2020

A new proposed apartment in Marcy-Holmes will offer more single living homes for students.  Representatives at North Bay Companies and DJR Architecture presented plans for an apartment with 110 studio...

The inside of Minneapolis City Hall as seen on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

New zoning policy to expand student housing affordability

December 19, 2019

The Minneapolis City Council approved an affordable housing policy last week that expands eligibility for students.  The new inclusionary zoning policy will allow students increased access to affordable...

Courtesy of the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development.

New hotel proposed for Prospect Park

December 9, 2019

Another extended-stay hotel is slated for Prospect Park. A new five-story Residence Inn by Marriott, proposed by developer Kaeding Development and architect Momentum Design Group, LLC, will be discussed...

The Glendale Townhome complex is a 184-unit public housing project owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and is the only public row-house development left in the U.S.

Some rents could increase for public housing in Prospect Park

December 5, 2019

Some public housing residents in Prospect Park may soon see rent increases.  Changes drafted to Minneapolis Public Housing Authority policies for next year include increases to public housing rents...

Oishii Poké, soon to be the Mango Mango dessert shop, in Dinkytown as seen on Sunday, Dec. 1. 

Mango-ing, going, gone: Dinkytown’s Oishii Poké to close to make way for new mango dessert shop

December 2, 2019

 A new Dinkytown venture could be a fruitful addition to the area’s dessert offerings. Mango Mango Dessert,a Hong Kong-inspired dessert restaurant specializing in mango flavors, will replace Oishii...

Five dead after fire in high-rise apartment building in Cedar-Riverside

November 27, 2019

  Five people have died after a fire broke out in a public housing high-rise apartment building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on Wednesday morning. Minneapolis Fire Department crews responded...

The McDonald's located on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast is seen on Saturday, Aug. 31. The proposed development would replace Mcdonald's as well as other popular businesses such as Dinkytown Wine and Spirits.

Large-scale development presents affordability plans

November 26, 2019

A large-scale development proposed for Dinkytown has revealed its approach for affordable student housing. The CA Ventures development, proposed at the current McDonald's lot, presented its affordable...

The McDonald's located on the corner of Fourth Street Southeast and 15th Avenue Southeast is seen on Saturday, Aug. 31. The proposed development would replace Mcdonald's as well as other popular businesses such as Dinkytown Wine and Spirits.

Neighbors seek greater University involvement amid Dinkytown development

November 21, 2019

Off-campus neighbors are asking for more involvement from University of Minnesota officials in the student housing conversation. Members of the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association said input from campus...

The entrance to Positive Vibes Nutrition's new Dinkytown location as seen on Friday, Nov. 15.

Healthy shakes coming to Dinkytown

November 18, 2019

 A new healthy shake establishment is set to open in Dinkytown this week. Positive Vibes Nutrition will be located at 1316 4th St. SE., Suite 6 in the indoor retail corridor. The establishment’s...