May 12, 2021 - News
Proposed Edina apartments would be built inside a warehouse
Rows of apartments being built inside a warehouse
At Rise Modular's plant in Owatonna, apartments are built in pods and then shipped to project sites. Photo: Rise Modular

A proposed six-story, 200-unit apartment project in Edina, if approved, will be built inside of an Owatonna warehouse.

Driving the news: Developer Solomon Real Estate is partnering with a relatively new local company, Rise Modular, to build the project, which is at the Pentagon Park site near Highway 100 and Interstate 494.

The details: Rise opened a massive warehouse last year. It completely builds apartments — including toilets, sinks and light fixtures — inside of a warehouse and trucks them to a project site, where they are stacked into place by a crane.

  • Rise says its method saves on development costs because it speeds up construction and provides a safe, climate-controlled workplace for employees.
  • The company showcased the method last fall when it stacked a 30-unit building in South Minneapolis, its first project.

What's next: The developers will need a zoning change because the project was supposed to be a hotel before the pandemic hammered the travel industry.

  • The project will be discussed at Wednesday's Edina Planning Commission meeting.
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