Those going by the 2800 block of Bryant Avenue have probably seen the early stages of a construction site at the northeast corner of the Midtown Greenway and Bryant Avenue. The City of Minneapolis blasted out an email last week mentioning that the east ramp at the Midtown Greenway and Bryant Avenue would be closed until late 2012 starting June 12th in connection with the Track 29 project.
The sidewalk is closed, the construction access points are set up, and all things point to a very soon start for the Track 29 apartment project, that will bring a two-building, approximately 225-unit apartment building to the neighborhood (read the comments for an update on the appeal from Bryan).
Track 29 was originally conceived to be a townhouse and loft project with only the first phase being constructed. Last year, the remaining site was re-imagined as an apartment building project. The site was once home to former industrial uses but the City and community envisioned housing in the area along what is now the Midtown Greenway, and this site was one of the first to be redeveloped.
With many other projects proposed in the Uptown/Lyn-Lake area, there is a sense of urgency felt in some real estate circles that these apartment projects must move quickly to get under way before a potential saturation of the rental market occurs. Track 29 appears to be on track for a late spring / early summer partial opening.