Large condo tower planned for downtown Minneapolis riverfront

It's hoped construction can start by the end of the year.

What's happening?

The first look at a sizeable condo tower planned for the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis has been revealed.

The project is being developed by Luigi Bernardi and Ryan Companies US, which announced this week it's pushing ahead with plans to build the Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed tower along West River Parkway.

Called "Eleven," it's offering future residents "unparalleled views of the Minneapolis skyline, the Mississippi River, Stone Arch Bridge, and Gold Medal Park" – which we assume depends on which way your apartment faces.

It's hoped construction will begin by the end of the year, with the building filled by 2020.

How big are we talking? 

Though no official size has been confirmed at this stage, at 39 stories tall it won't be far off the nearby, 469-foot Carlyle, which is Minnesota's tallest residential building.

Each floor will have between one to five condos for a total of 101 units in the building, Robert A.M. Stern Architects says, with the smallest units in the building expected to be around 1,600 square feet.

Each unit will also have two parking spaces, as well as a large landscaped rooftop deck with an infinity-edge pool."

Given the size of the units and the location of the building in Minneapolis' increasingly expensive downtown, expect these condos to be pricey.

"Not only will this building feature the most stunning views of downtown and the Mississippi River, but it will showcase extraordinary design by a signature architect," Ryan Companies President Mike Ryan said.

"We want to bring urban living in Minneapolis to a new level,” lead architect Paul Whalen said, "but just as importantly we want to anchor the east end of the city's riverfront with a visually powerful statement and a community that will enliven the neighborhood's streets, paths, and parks."

The Star Tribune notes it would be built on what is currently a surface parking lot between two small office buildings on the West River Parkway.

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