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January 13, 2006

The Lander Group wins four Best in American Living Awards, national recognition for design and Smart Growth development

Award recipient Midtown Lofts sells out

Minneapolis— The Lander Group, the Twin Cities leader in urban multi-family and mixed-use developments, received four Best in American Living Awards (BALA) from Professional Builder Magazine and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at a ceremony held in Orlando on January 10. The annual Best In American Living Award (BALA) residential design competition, sponsored by Professional Builder Magazine and NAHB, is the foremost residential design competition in the country. It pays tribute to those individuals who produce homes that illustrate design quality, success in the marketplace, and exemplify the best in American living. The awards recognized Midtown Lofts and West River Commons (both in Minneapolis) and Water Street Brownstones/Vine Street Lofts (located in Des Moines, IA). 

Midtown Lofts, the celebrated anchor of a new urban village which sits directly on the Midtown Greenway between Lyn-Lake and Uptown Minneapolis, was honored twice, winning the top award for all entries in the Central Region and garnering a Silver Award in the category of Best Attached Home 20 Units Per Acre and Over.  This development was the first of a new wave of residential development in the Uptown area, and recently sold its last unit. Locally, Midtown Lofts has been lauded for its compelling exterior design and responsible approach to urban redevelopment.

West River Commons, a mixed-used development featuring 53 rental units, retail space, a public plaza and three ownership townhomes which is located at the intersection of East Lake Street and West River Road in Minneapolis, was recognized with a Gold Award for Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood/Community. 

Waterstreet Brownstones and Vine Street Lofts, a new rental and ownership community instrumental in kickstarting the revitalization of the downtown Des Moines’ residential boom, were recognized with a Silver Award for Best Smart Growth Community up to 150 units.

The projects are recognized in the January 2006 issue of Professional Builder Magazine.  Details can also be found at These awards bring national recognition to the Twin Cities for leadership in Smart Growth, a concept becoming more widely recognized and supported in light of environmental and social complications as a result of “suburban sprawl”. Smart Growth principles help to outline development strategies for accommodating increasing populations, in both urban and ex-urban areas. 

The Lander Group is a Minneapolis-based, award-winning development firm specializing in urban in-fill development.  The firm is known locally for its support of new urbanist, smart growth, and green building principles, and its focus on high-quality design. It is currently working on 38, a new mixed-use development at 38th & Nicollet, comprised on 40 condo units and 9000 sq. ft. of new retail/commercial. Lander Group is also in design and planning discussions regarding the Weisman site at 2626 West Lake Street, next to Calhoun Beach Club.

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