What We Do

Lupe Development Partners plans, designs, and manages residential and mixed use real estate in the Twin Cities urban core. As a family owned busines we maintain direct control over all project management, planning, and marketing of our projects to ensure our commitment to quality. Our customers appreciate working with our high energy, dedicated team.

Urban Development our Passion

Lupe Development opened its doors in 1989 when urban flight was more prevalent than urban investment. Lucy & Steve Minn had a vision for urban revitalization and a passion for reviving the urban core. They understood that creative design and adaptive reuse of existing structures would catch on in the Twin Cities. Using exciting architecture and good planning, they brought innovation and excitement to the art of renovating older buildings. From this start, grew an expanding portfolio of innovative rental communities, new ownership condominium and retail/mixed use projects. Now that urban living is once again a viable option for homeowners, the mission of Lupe Development remains a commitment to building great communities.

Building Blocks of Success


Real Estate development is part art, part science, part finance and part patience. Projects typically take two or more years to bring from concept to completion. In the urban core, challenges such as zoning regulation and brownfield clean-up can derail many good concepts. A developer must be adept at overcoming these challenges while keeping the project on budget. Often, breaking ground is a celebration of years of planning and preparation. At Lupe Development, our team has a unique blend of public and private sector experience that has yielded an enviable 25-year record of success.


New construction or renovation, Lupe Development builds with quality and durability at a variety of price points. Care and attention to the “guts” of a building make for a lasting home of value. We put extra time and money into our buildings that our buyers, renters and vendors always appreciate, some of which may not even be seen, but add comfort and livability to our buildings. Energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, top name appliances, high quality components and careful attention to sound isolation are just a few of the standards of Lupe Development.


Exciting and innovative architecture, engineering and design is a hallmark of our project work. We work with some of the top architecture and design firms in the market. A Lupe Development project will feature big windows, high ceilings and a variety of non traditional flooring materials like concrete, recycled plastics, sustainable wood products and ceramics.


Environmentally responsible design is a cornerstone of our development philosophy. We subscribe to urban design practices that discourage sprawl and encourage reuse and reclamation of valuable city land. The selection of energy efficient lighting, mechanical and appliance components, energy audit design, and sustainable materials practice during construction help promote conservation, reuse, and efficient use of our limited natural resources.


An essential part of our development portfolio includes a commitment to affordable housing. Partnering with a variety of government and private equity providers, Lupe is active in the planning, provisioning and development of quality rental housing with a variety of price points. Our philosophy is that our affordable projects receive the same attention to materials, design and construction detail as our market rate products.

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