The Opus Group® Commences Construction on a High-Rise Luxury Apartment Building in Downtown Minneapolis


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - ​Opus Development Corporation announced today that their planned luxury high-rise apartment building, The Nic on Fifth®, has closed on financing and will commence construction by the end of the month. The name reflects the development’s premier location on Nicollet Mall and 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis.

“With the financing secured, Opus is thrilled to begin work on The Nic on Fifth. Minneapolis is definitely a ‘top –tier’ city for both equity investors and lenders,” said Dave Menke, senior vice president and general manager of Opus Development Corporation.   

Located at the corner of Nicollet Mall and South 5th Street in the core of the city, and adjacent to the recently announced new Xcel Energy building, these two projects are transforming the north end of Nicollet Mall. Opus' joint venture partner is Founders Properties, L.L.C., a private real estate investment firm with more than 100 properties nationwide.

“This is a major investment in downtown and we are extremely pleased to be involved in a project that is so instrumental in transforming our central business district,” said Wade Lau, Founders' senior vice president.

The 26-story luxury apartment building will be the first new high-rise residential rental building in downtown Minneapolis in nearly 30 years. Offering 253 units of which 26 are penthouses, The Nic on Fifth will also be the first high-rise apartment project designed to achieve LEED certification and feature high-end, condo level finishes and amenities. The Nic on Fifth aligns with the city of Minneapolis’ sustainable vision to offer high-density and transit-oriented development.  

The Nic on Fifth will have a 24/7 door attendant / concierge service, outdoor roof terrace with pool and spa, a fitness center, yoga studio, outdoor fire pit and grilling area, guest suites, 9- to 10-foot ceilings and a dog play area. The building also will offer residents close proximity to downtown employers, shopping, retail, entertainment and light rail transit connections as well as service-based retail on the ground and skyway levels.

First residents will be able to move in at the beginning of summer 2014. “The Nic on Fifth will bring a new level of luxury apartment living to downtown Minneapolis and establish a new benchmark for those seeking high-end luxury high-rise living. The combination of extensive amenities, a light rail station, skyway connectivity, restaurants and retail will be very attractive to residents looking for luxury high-rise living,” said Tom Lund, vice president, real estate development at Opus Development Corporation.

Executives planning The Nic on Fifth led the team that developed the highly successful 39-story Carlyle and 27-story Grant Park condominium projects, the first new high-rise condos in downtown Minneapolis in nearly three decades.

Opus Design Build, L.L.C. will construct the building. Opus AE Group, Inc. and Elness Swenson Graham Architects Inc., based in Minneapolis will collaborate on the design.
Financing is being provided by SunTrust Bank, a super-regional bank headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

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About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of national commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis, with expertise in development, project management and construction, architecture and engineering, finance, sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and Opus Holding, Inc. and their operating subsidiaries, Opus Development Corporation, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, Inc. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, residential living, institutional and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit