Minneapolis City Council approves six-story Dinkytown project

A rendering of the Opus project that won City Council approval today.
A rendering of the Opus project that won City Council approval today.

In a vote that could have big implications for the future of the city, the Minneapolis City Council gave the green light for more density in Dinkytown.

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This morning, the council approved a controversial Opus Development project involving the construction of a six-floor retail and apartment building in the heart of Dinkytown. To make room for the building, the House of Hanson and Duffy's Pizza businesses will close.

The project was recommended for approval by city staff, but the Minneapolis City Council's zoning and planning committee voted against it last week. A group called "Save Dinkytown" emerged to oppose the changes that more density will bring to the historic neighborhood.

Here are some tweets from City Hall reporters who were covering today's City Council meeting:

According to Finance & Commerce, the parcels slated for redevelopment include 1300-1322 Fifth St. SE and 425 14th Ave. SE. The new building will have 140 apartments and 10,317 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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