Skip to main content

Dinkytown development deal gets council okay


The Minneapolis City Council on Friday overturned an earlier committee recommendation and granted approval for a development project in the heart of Dinkytown, the iconic four-block neighborhood adjacent to the University of Minnesota.

The proposed project includes a six-floor retail and apartment building. To make room, several longtime Dinkytown businesses will close.

The Star Tribune reports that the rezoning request won approval on a 9-4 vote over the objections from activists and neighborhood groups, who carried signs that read “Dinkytown not Megatown.”

City staff had recommended the project, writing that it is in line with the city’s comprehensive plan. City Pages reports that the green light for the controversial development from Opus could signal the beginning of more high density projects in the city.

Even the online magazine Slate weighed in on the controversy in a pro-development article that said "...a thriving urban core is a great amenity for any metro area, and a centrally located neighborhood like Dinkytown should be at the thriving core of your thriving core."

Next Up

ted mann concert hall - university of minnesota

2 armed suspects rob victim at U of M concert hall

The two suspects pointed guns at the victim.

West St Paul, Minnesota - June 2019

Nine police agencies called in for crowd control after 2 shot in West St. Paul

Police say a large group "attempted to take control" of part of the crime scene.

Brooklyn Center police, Daunte Wright

Brooklyn Center approves $1.3M public safety budget, including policing reforms

The city will use some money from the police department for the new programs.

snow, slush

Snow impacting morning commute across southern Minnesota

A quick inch could make a bit of a mess on the roads.


Minnesota United star allegedly hit teen with gun in Argentina

The 26-year-old could face charges in Argentina.

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Minneapolis woman missing a week is found safe

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.