Six-story project would put (small) apartments between Mortimer's and the Wedge Co-Op

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The apartments would be an awful snug fit next to Mortimer's bar, and would in fact consume part of the back room currently reserved for games.

For years, the corners of Franklin and Lyndale avenues in south Minneapolis have been the province of commercial enterprises and foot traffic.

That might be about to change in a big way, if a real estate development team can win over city officials. This week, a Minneapolis City Council sub-committee will discuss a planned apartment complex that would bring 75 new units to the busily trafficked corner.

Don't get your hopes up if you're looking to relocate to the Wedge with your family of four. Or even three. The customer in mind here is looking for something small and affordable; the Business Journal notes most floor plans fall between 362 square feet and 482 square feet.

"The unit mix for the project consists entirely of smaller one bedroom units and studios," the developers write in documents submitted to the city, "with the goal of providing less expensive rents to allow individuals to afford their own apartments."

What you lack in space might be made up for in amenities: A ground-level parking garage for cars and bicycles, a "fitness room," and a "rooftop deck for use by residents."

And did we mention that location? Renters could walk out and decide if they want to live forever (hook a left into the Wedge Co-Op, filled with fresh superfood options), not live forever (take a right into Mortimer's dive bar), or die later that night (cross the street for a fish tank sized mixed drink at Red Dragon.) 

Speaking of Mortimer's, the corner fixture would lose at least part of its back bar room -- currently used for overflow seating and games like darts and air hockey -- and its outdoor smoker's patio. If approved, the new building would come right up against the back of Mortimer's.

As the Journal observes, this would be the second big apartment complex coming to the neighborhood: In 2015, the city council signed off on a 113-unit project to be built across the street, which will bring retail (including perhaps a new restaurant) on its ground floor.

Paperwork filed with city planners does not indicate how the new building would affect people trying to lake a left into the Wedge parking lot during rush hour.


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