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Developers slash size of 'too large' apartment building set to replace Nye's

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Developers have dramatically scaled back their plans for an apartment building on the site currently occupied by Nye's Polonaise Room.

After the owners of Nye's signaled their plan to close the famous Minneapolis bar and restaurant, developers Schafer Richardson proposed it be replaced with a 29-story apartment building, which would retain two of the original Nye's buildings.

But the scale of the project prompted objections from the local community, and the Star Tribune reports that a revised plan has now been put forward that slashes the size of the apartment building by almost a fifth to six stories.

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"We are excited about it. We think this plan responds to the stakeholders’ desires and believe it will be a great asset to the community," Schafer Richardson's Maureen Michalski told the newspaper. "It provides more residential in the community and that helps activate the street. And it removes the surface parking lot, replacing it with active uses."

Michalski conceded to MPR that the original proposal was "too large" for the site, and is hoping for a better reaction to the revised plans for the bar.

The original plan proposed demolishing two of the four buildings, including the triangular Polonaise Room, and moving the remaining two – the corner bar and the Harness Shop – next to each other.

But MPR notes that while those two buildings will still be retained, a new three-story retail and residential building will be built in between them where the Polonaise Room currently is.

Despite originally intending to close the bar this summer, with owners Rob and Tony Jacobs saying they were struggling to keep the business afloat, they have since pushed back the closure date to this January.

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