Janet Moore | Star Tribune

After many fits and starts over the years, redevelopment of the Superior Plating property in northeast Minneapolis into a residential and retail enclave appears to be inching forward once again.

Just a month ago, the project appeared to be on hold. The 5.4-acre swath of land along 1st Avenue NE. — one of the few parcels left for development in the popular city neighborhood — was targeted for about 500 apartments and up to 35,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.

But last week, Rich Kauffman, president of construction for the Midwest region of DLC Residential, said demolition of the Superior Plating building has begun, and the project is moving forward. Florida-based DLC has signed a letter of intent with property owner First & University Investors to buy the site, a former industrial finishing operation now undergoing an extensive environmental cleanup.

While DLC has yet to submit formal plans to the city, the project has generated much anticipation among neighbors, developers and city officials. {….}

The Superior Plating site in northeast Minneapolis, the last big land parcel in the booming neighborhood, is being cleared for development. Photo: Marlin Levison , Star Tribune