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June 18, 2004

The Lander Group’s 21st Avenue Lofts win 2004 CUE Award

Minneapolis—The 21st Avenue Lofts, a Lander Group condominium development in Minneapolis’ Seward Neighborhood, was one of twelve projects citywide to earn an Award from the Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) for strengthening and beautifying the urban environment. The company represents the only for-profit recipient in this year’s grouping – in general, CUE Awards are bestowed upon community service projects and outstanding citizen actions. Lander also received a CUE Award in 1994 for its rehab of a brick retail/residential building at 34th & Hennepin.

21st Avenue Lofts consists of seven new homes – two side-by-side duplexes, a two-story townhouse which faces 21st Avenue across an interior courtyard, and two loft units located above a garage on the rear of the site that provides parking for all seven units. The goal of the project, completed in 2003, was to “deliver high-end Lander Group design in new affordable homes that take advantage of the amenities of the flourishing Seward Neighborhood. According to the CUE Committee, that goal was clearly accomplished, noting that the project is “an excellent example of good design on a low budget” and proof that “contemporary design can work in an older neighborhood.” Further, it noted, “The unique architectural style and low new-construction pricing ($105/sq. ft.) appeal to young design-oriented professionals, the project’s key buyer niche.”

The 21st Avenue Lofts have also been recognized with the 2003 Builder’s Choice Award for Design Detail and the 2003 Best in American Living Award for Townhome Under 2,000 Square Feet.

The Lander Group’s project partners on The 21st Avenue lofts included Seward Redesign, DJR Architects, Outdoor Room Landscape Architecture, Michlitsch Builders, Inc. To learn more about the project, visit

The selection of the CUE Award winners was made by a jury of Seitu Jones, artist; Greg Ingraham, landscape architect; Ann Voda, architect; Rebecca Yanisch, business person; and Ann Calvert, redevelopment coordinator.

The CUE Awards are a project of the Committee on Urban Environment, a citizen advisory organization working to recognize and promote urban quality, aesthetics, and livability. Since 1968, CUE has recognized designs and efforts that strengthen and beautify the urban environment.

June 18, 2004 The Lander Group is an award-winning urban development firm based in Minneapolis. It specializes in producing distinctive, high-quality residential and commercial buildings in the cities on Minneapolis, St. Paul and Des Moines. Lander Group projects are designed to reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods in which they are located. Over the last 20 years, the firm has built a strong reputation in new construction, adaptive reuse of existing properties and historic preservation.

The Lander Group is currently developing the Midtown Lofts and West River Commons in Minneapolis and 9th Street Lofts, Printer’s Row, West Side Flats, and Market Lofts in Saint Paul.


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