A new luxury apartment going up in St. Louis Park is seeking lease applications as it nears completion.
36 Park is expected to open in March. The 10-story, 192-unit apartment complex near the corner of 36th and Park Center Boulevard has one-bedroom apartments available for between $1,350 and $2,045 per month.
The building will feature amenities such as a rooftop terrace with a fire pit, grill and views of the Minneapolis skyline, as well as a clubroom with a pool table.
The project was originally slated to be a senior living facility, but with light rail plans progressing in the area, developers decided to change course. 36 Park's brick, glass and metal design is meant to fit with an urban arts corridor that could blossom with the anticipated addition of an LRT stop nearby.
“It’s a very exciting and interesting project,” said David Gevers, director of development with the real estate group that is overseeing the project, E.J. Plesko and Associates.
However, when the project came up for a vote in May 2011, City Council members did express some concern over the effect this new building could have on an already congested area for motorists. Developers said the building will have ample parking, which should help keep vehicles off the road, and a new signal light will be installed as well.
Councilwoman Sue Sanger said she was concerned that the building will be too dense and exceed a city provision that regulates how many housing units can be built per acre. Sanger issued the only vote against the proposal, which passed 6-1.