Imagine Minot ramps up

Work on Minot’s two downtown parking structures is scheduled to resume soon after taking a weather-related winter break.

Xcel Energy and SRT Communications are relocating utilities and telecommunications services so that excavation can begin earnest again. Significant progress is expected in the next month, according to Mike Ballard, spokesman for Cypress Development, the company behind the Imagine Minot concept for downtown.

“Despite the weather delay, the goal is to complete at least one and probably both of the two structures by the end of this year. The commercial space will be available shortly after that. We are starting the leasing of those commercial spaces this summer,” Ballard said in an email report on the project’s status.

Excavation had stopped due to winter conditions.

“We did have a brief period when bulldozers were able to do some additional work. However, these last few weeks of below-freezing temperatures and snow have delayed us more than we had scheduled,” Ballard said.

The general contractor on the project is Shaw-Lundquist Associates of Eagan, Minn.

Residential construction above the parking structures would begin after the parking structures are complete.

“Parking will be available upon construction of these structures, and some of the residential-use parking will also be available for the general public until the residences are completed,” Ballard said.

In continuing with the Imagine Minot vision for downtown, Cypress Development plans to begin development of the Second Avenue Southeast mixed-use building in the second half of this year. The project is an 88-unit residential building with several office, retail and dining lease opportunities. The building will share a two-story parking structure with the Y Commons residences.

The former YMCA downtown, now the Y Commons, has 10 apartments and more than 10,000 square feet of office and retail space that will be coming online for lease soon.

Another five loft apartments are being constructed in the building, which currently houses EID Passport and a dance studio.