mpls: New condos at 619 8th Ave SE

The Bridge (no website?) has an article about some construction beginning on new condos in the Marcy-Homes neighborhood, right across the street from the 8th St market.

Apparently most of the 50 condos have been sold, to a "range of buyers ... empty-nesters, younger first-time buyers and others who want the convenience of living in the middle of the city."

The highlights:

Developer Niles Schulz of Dolphin Development, he and DBA Architects of Oakdale met with the Marcy-Homes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) several times to exchange design ideas. Their plan followed the guidelines of the neighborhood's master plan, Schulz said, which calls for buildings on Eighth Street that enliven street and ground-level areas.


When completed, in uly or August 2006, the four-story project will have 50 two- and three-bedroom units in a row house facade, with an exterior faturing brick, stucco, stone, slate campoies and a landcaped garden terrace using "green roof" technology.

This condo sounds good, but I'm beginning to hate "row house facades." They're not fooling anyone. Who's driving past and thinking, "Wow. Look at those individually constructed row houses." They're unique in the same way that individual suburban homes are unique.

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