Abiitan-Mill City

Abiitan is a transit-oriented mixed-use development that will include residential units and commercial/retail space. It will also reopen a historic connection to the river parkway.  Two new buildings will provide a range of senior housing options, including include affordable and market-rate independent living units, as well as memory care units for those with dementia/Alzheimers. This project is the first major senior-focused development in downtown Minneapolis in 20 years.

This 149-unit urban campus creates a new paradigm for senior living.  Seniors will have the opportunity to age gracefully with easy access to the city’s many attractions and amenities, plus multiple modes of public transit, which can reduce or eliminate the need to drive.

Abiitan is Phase II of the new Mill City Quarter master plan, a dense urban infill development that relies on the history of the site to shape its future.  Historically, the site was filled with rail lines connecting to the city’s many flour mills and main rail station. The new development recaptures the original essence and connectivity of the site.

Project Stats

Services: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Construction Administration

Unit Metrics: 104 independent living units, 45 memory care units

Client: Ecumen

Unique Features: The development will feature one of Minneapolis’ first woonerfs. Woonerfs are European-style shared streets where cars, pedestrians, and cyclists can coexist.