December 9, 2019. Hook & Ladder Apartments celebrated its Grand Opening on December 5, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Ward 1 Council Member Kevin Reich were on hand for the festivities.
Other attendees included Developer, President and Owner of Newport Midwest Becky Landon; Newport Partners Co-founders Jong Limb and Monique Hastings; LHB Architect Kim Bretheim; representatives from Frerichs Construction, the general contractor; local artists; and members of the Holland Neighborhood Association.
“Welcome to Hook & Ladder Apartments, the first multi-family structure built to stringent Passive House certification standards in Minnesota,” said Landon. “This is an important day for our organization, the Holland Neighborhood, the City of Minneapolis and many others who helped make this project a reality.”
Sustainability and Affordability
Landon also welcomed Mayor Frey and Councilman Reich, and thanked them for their strong support to create more affordable housing in Minneapolis. Mayor Frey is committed to increasing affordable housing in the city, and applauded the sustainability and affordability aspects of Hook & Ladder Apartments.
A long-time supporter of the project, Councilman Reich noted that efforts to redevelop the 2.3-acre parcel go back to 2003 when he was project director of the Holland Neighborhood Association. He also lauded Landon and Newport Midwest for their persistence in overcoming obstacles to successfully complete the project, which provides 118 affordable apartment homes with a range of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans.
Located in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Hook & Ladder apartments features desirable amenities including open floor plans, a maker space, a fitness center, an on-site dog run, a community room, an outdoor courtyard, and secure parking. Paintings and sculptures created by artists who live and/or work in the neighborhood are installed throughout the property.
Excellent Environmental Performance
Kim Bretheim, the project’s lead architect, talked about the challenges of designing and constructing one of the buildings to meet stringent Passive House certification standards. A second building in the community is built to Green Community standards, and an independent third party will study the environmental performance of the two buildings.
“While these buildings are filling up fast and we expect them to be fully leased by the end of the year, a limited number of 1-bedroom apartments remain available for immediate occupancy,” added Landon. “To learn more, visit hookandladderapts.com and share the site with your friends and family.”