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Kraus-Anderson helps fill void in tight Twin Cities housing market

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Kraus-Anderson helps fill void in tight Twin Cities housing market

One project just came online, and another apartment building should be completed this summer.


By John Caulfield, Senior Editor | May 1, 2022
The Larking is a mixed-use development in the Twin Cities market. Images: Courtesy of Kraus-Anderson
The Larking, a mixed-use multifamily development, is Kraus-Anderson's sixth such construction project in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market in the past decade. Images: Courtesy of Kraus-Anderson

The construction firm Kraus-Anderson has been active in the multifamily sector in its home market of Minneapolis-St. Paul, having engaged six such residential projects in the past decade. Its latest completion is The Larking, a $100 million 16-story tower located in Minneapolis’ East Town district.

The 400,714-sf Larking, which ESG Architects designed and Kimley Horn engineered, is a mixed-use development with 341 market-rate apartments and seven penthouses, as well as a one-story Wells Fargo bank branch, 9,100 sf of street-level retail, and three levels of underground parking.

The Larking's pool deck
The pool deck at The Larking
 

The building is targeting urban professionals with 35 floor plans—from a 402-sf micro apartment leasing for $1,430 per month to a 1,214-sf two-bed two-bath apartment leasing for $3,370, according to its website. Its design features floor-to-ceiling windows, wide-plank flooring, and exposed concrete ceilings and columns. Contributing to its live-work-play environment are a Sky Lounge, pool deck with 360-degree views of downtown, fitness and wellness center, sauna, golf simulator, pet spa, work-from-home suites, conference room, a catwalk library and community table seating, and “creation center.”

The Larking's lobby
The Larking's lobby lounge
 

Kraus-Anderson provided development and construction services, and is The Larking’s landlord. “We feel The Larking will enhance downtown by bringing new neighbors and commercial offerings to the Elliot Park neighborhood and adding vibrancy to the overall downtown community,” Erica Arne, director of development for Kraus-Anderson, told Twin Cities Business.

Another of Kraus-Anderson’s multifamily projects, MODA at Raymond, a $44 million six-story building in St. Paul with 220 apartments, is scheduled to be completed this summer with 40-plus floor plans available. Ironically, to make way for this construction, a U.S. Bank branch that occupied the property had to come down.

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