Established in 1954 as Harlem Irving Plaza, or “HIP,” one of Chicago’s first shopping centers, Harlem Irving Companies has since grown into a dynamic, community-focused development organization. A privately held company, Harlem Irving Companies is a leading developer of shopping centers, retail and commercial developments, and multi-use residential and institutional real estate, to name a few. One of its most recent projects is the HERE MN Student Housing development, located in the up-and-coming Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, which Big-D began construction on in January 2019.
The 125,000-square foot, $21.2 million project involved construction of a 6-story apartment building with 169 individual units, including 107 micro-studios; 36 one-bedroom apartments; and 26 two-bedroom apartments. The building features a myriad of resident amenities including a lobby, lounge, and fitness center, as well as secluded study rooms on each floor, an outdoor courtyard, and a sky deck on the sixth level that offers cityscape views of bustling downtown Minneapolis. The residence was also built with underground and outdoor parking with plenty of bike storage and features a large outdoor lawn area with lounge space for residents to take it easy right outside the buzzing Minneapolis metropolis.