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MINNEAPOLIS | Minneapolis Rebuilds

I wanted to start a dedicated thread to covering the rebuilding process for sites left behind by buildings that were fully destroyed by arson during the unrest in May and June. I'm not necessarily opposed to including renovations of damaged buildings here, but I am personally going to focus on trying to document each ground-up new building on the site of buildings that were fully destroyed. I thought it would be helpful to have this as its own thread, rather than mixed in with the Minneapolis general development thread. If any moderators feel differently and think they should be combined, that's fine, but if it's all the same to everyone else, I'd appreciate keeping it separate.

If possible, I'd like to limit the discussion here to the physical recovery of East Lake and other areas that sustained damage. Discussions of police brutality, racism, politics, policy, and crime are all important, but if we could please focus this thread on the physical reconstruction, I would greatly appreciate it.

I've been waiting for the first rebuilding projects to get started so that I could start documenting them. For awhile, Wellington's Midtown Corner was the only site working on a ground-up rebuild, but just in the last week a couple others got started, so I thought it was time to start a thread.
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Midtown Corner (2619 E 29th St) -- 6 floors -- apartments -- 10/28/20
This building was the 6-story affordable housing project under construction that was about 75% built when it was burned and ended up in some pretty widely-circulated photos.





MaxIt Pawn (2726 East Lake St) -- 1 floor -- retail -- 10/28/20







Hi-Lake Shopping Center (2100 East Lake St) -- 1 floor - retail -- 10/28/20





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Thanks for doing this.

It seems amazing to me that they were apparently able to salvage the first level of the Midtown Corner project, given the extreme heat it must’ve been exposed to. Nice to see.
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Thanks for doing this.
Thanks. I'm anticipating following the reconstruction closely being very therapeutic for me. This has all been personally very difficult. I'm not sure if anyone else who reads here will feel the same, but hopefully folks who don't have a personal connection will at least find it interesting.

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It seems amazing to me that they were apparently able to salvage the first level of the Midtown Corner project, given the extreme heat it must’ve been exposed to. Nice to see.
They actually did have to take the concrete down due to the heat it was exposed to, even had to dig up the footings and pour anew. Everything that's there now is brand new. It is amazing that they were able to mobilize and get all of that done already!

Wellington also owns the Hi-Lake Shopping Center. It's great to see them leading by being one of the first to begin rebuilding.

Article on Midtown Corner and Wellington's commitment to rebuild: https://www.startribune.com/after-ap...ild/571509542/ .
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Ah, that makes sense. I think one of your pictures has some shadows that I lept to the conclusion were smoke marks. Even more kudos to them for getting this far already.

And you are not the only one for whom this is therapeutic. Watching my own city go through this was very sad.
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