Past Projects



From polluted land to enclosure, construction enclosed
within 66 days.


Loading dock facilities and resource recovery area provide maximum vehicle loading and unloading efficiency.


One-level warehousing, fabrication, parts and loading were
neatly integrated into an efficient floor plan.


Finished Plymouth Avenue façade of the
New Standard Heating HQ


Official ribbon-cutting, October 1, 2009. (l-to-r) Chairman
Ted Ferrara, VP Todd Ferrara, Mayor RT Rybak,
Council Member Don Samuels.

Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

A third-generation family business in the Twin Cities for over 80 years, Standard Heating & Air Conditioning was at its South Minneapolis location for the last 60 years. With over 80 employees – many with high paying technical jobs – the business had outgrown its original facilities and was literally bursting at the seams.

Owners Ted and Todd Ferrara recognized the need to expand their facilities to grow the business. A cramped and crowded two-level operation was not efficient. They wanted to adapt to the changing needs of the residential service industry, and retain the critically important niche they had developed in the residential service sector. For relocation and development solutions, Ted and Todd turned to Lupe Development Partners.

Starting in 2005, Lupe carefully mapped the critical elements of a Standard relocation by focusing on existing buildings and sites that met the exacting requirements of the Standard business plan. Key to the Owners was: (1) the need to be centrally located, (2) close to highways and arterials, (3) proximity to the Dunwoody Institute and its technical training programs, (4) visibility and curb appeal from major streets, (5) adequate zoning for resource recovery & recycling operations, (6) 2 acres for vehicular storage and fleet maintenance, and (7) proximity to a plentiful source of educatable workforce.

The Lupe solution reflected our unique expertise and skill set. We identified a vacant and polluted parcel in the City of Minneapolis North Washington Industrial Park (NWIP) that was the basis for a larger private land assembly. The parcel at the intersection of Plymouth Avenue and Second Street met all the client criteria.

Working with the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Department, Lupe and Standard patiently arrived at a redevelopment agreement that satisfied the competing needs of the neighborhood, a jobs park advisory committee and the two Council Members whose Wards were affected.

Lupe successfully assembled the land, coordinated the state and city pollution remediation grants, land use applications, title work, financial underwriting, and closing due diligence. Lupe also prepared the construction program, selection of vendors and contractors, negotiated contracts and performed client project management and delivery oversight. The result was a project that met all of the client’s expectations, while staying on program and budget. Start of construction to occupancy was six months.


floursack-flatsFlour Sack Flats, Minneapolis, MN.

Located in the historic St. Anthony Falls District of Southeast Minneapolis at 521 Second Street Southeast, Flour Sack Flats is a joint venture of The Wall Companies and Lupe Development Partners, both of Minneapolis. Flour Sack Flats contain 59 one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedroom units, with two levels of parking.

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madison_loftsMadison Lofts, Minneapolis, MN.

Madison Lofts was the recipient of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Best in Real Estate award for 2006, for Redevelopment in Residential work of 100 units or less. This highly sought after peer recognition is one of the most important project recognitions a development can receive.

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frankling_loftsFranklin Lofts, Minneapolis, MN.

Franklin Lofts is an urban condo/retail developments – only minutes from Downtown, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Washburn Fair Oaks Park.

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EatStreetFlatsEast Street Flats & CVS – Minneapolis, MN.

Eat Street Flats is an urban condo/retail development in the heart of the Eat Street neighborhood at the corner of Nicollet and Franklin – only minutes from Downtown, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Washburn Fair Oaks Park.

CVS is located in the Eat Street Flats mixed use development at the corner of Franklin and Nicollet. In addition to a pharmacy, CVS features personal care, grocery, seasonal and houseware selections.

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The Cluster

Offering a new and exciting architectural concept for university-based housing, The Cluster melds the privacy and exclusivity of a town-home or duplex, with the convenience and amenities today’s university-based renter wants in near campus housing. The Cluster contains only eight 3-BR and four 4-BR units, assuring each resident an exclusive experience far different from the typical “premier” student housing choices sprouting all over campus. Intimate, with private, secure courtyard and secure private entrances, each unit enjoys an unparalleled separation from the intrusion and noise that dormitory-style housing can encourage. No common corridors that invite unwanted interruptions at inappropriate times, no unsightly dormitory furniture, no shortage of hot water in the morning, and no landlord restricted heat producing shivering nights. Each unit has its own highly efficient and dedicated furnace, air conditioning and hot water heater, letting each resident group set and control their own comfort levels.

1920 Adams Street

Lupe Development Partners successfully re-positioned this former video store into a thriving multi-tenant property in the heart of Mankato’s growing north retail district. 


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