High-density Hennepin Ave. building plan unveiled

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Could this building start another classic battle between business development and historic preservation?

 Last week,  ESG Architects and developer Schafer Richardson released plans for a high-rise apartment development proposed  to replace the historic Nye’s Polonaise Room.

 While the project  received tentative approval from the Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association’s Nye’s Task Group,  other community sources and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church have already voiced opposition to the project, saying that the high-density development will change the historic character of the neighborhood.

Schafer still needs to gain various city and neighborhood level approvals. NIEBNA will decide the fate of the project during a meeting scheduled for Feb. 25. A public comment period will accompany the city mandated application process for the building, which has a scheduled a tentative construction start date off February 16.

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