Panel OKs affordable rentals in northeast Minneapolis — 

The half-acre parking lot at the northeast quadrant of Lowry Avenue and Second Street in Minneapolis has sat unused since Little Jack’s restaurant closed its doors in 2006. Nonprofit developer Clare Housing will open a 36-unit affordable housing complex on the north half of the site in August 2017.

The developer did not seek rezoning for the project, so City Council approval is not required. Building permit applications will be submitted in the coming weeks, said Chuck Peterson, executive director for Clare Housing.

The approval comes as owners of the Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis are preparing to redevelop the vacant Little Jack’s building into a brew pub, said Minneapolis City Council Member Kevin Reich. They expect to submit necessary applications for that project as early as this fall, Reich said in an interview Tuesday.


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