Credit: Submitted to the City of Minneapolis

Credit: Submitted to the City of Minneapolis

Church on Nicollet Mall plans to demolish office building for expansion

Updated: March 11, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church on Nicollet Mall plans to raze a mid-rise office building for a two-story addition to the historic church.

The 3,100-member church owns the neighboring office building at 1221 Nicollet Mall, which it bought in 2012 with the intent to redevelop the land. In place of the eight-story building, Westminster’s 41,000-square-foot expansion would feature worship and gathering spaces, church offices, a classroom and more.

“With dynamic programs in worship, social justice, education, and art and music, Westminster is growing and expanding to meet the changing environment in downtown Minneapolis,” the church wrote in documents submitted to the city’s City Planning Commission Committee of the Whole

The building would be clad in limestone, Thermocromex Plaster (a material that’s comparable to stucco) and zinc-coated copper, according to the documents submitted to the City of Minneapolis.

Westminster also plans to renovate 30,000 square feet of interior space within the 1897 church, which is not locally designated. The project will add new libraries, co-working space and improved life safety features.

The project includes two levels of underground parking for 232 cars and “significant” outdoor plazas and gardens along Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue. The church would get rid of its current surface parking lot.

According to documents filed with the city, Westminster has been working with the Nicollet Mall redevelopment team to integrate the plans into the overhaul’s design.

Minneapolis-based James Dayton Design is handling the project’s design.

Pending church board approval, Westminster plans to break ground on April 10 and begin demolition of 1221 Nicollet Mall on April 15, according to the church’s March newsletter.

The plans are on the agenda for the March 17 meeting of the city’s Planning Commission Committee of the Whole.