Plans underway to raze Maplewood’s Myth nightclub and build apartments

Myth Live, the Maplewood concert venue that has been embroiled in a legal battle with the city after a series of police calls, overdoses and violence, could be torn down and replaced with apartments under a new vision for the north of the city.

Fargo, ND-based developer Enclave Companies has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the venue at 3090 Southlawn Dr. near the Maplewood Mall. The company plans to raze the building – a repurposed shoe store built in the late 1990s – and build a 241-unit apartment building at market price.

“I think it’s just the stimulus we need in the North End to get things done. I think it would be a wonderful first big project,” Maplewood Mayor Marylee Abrams said during a meeting to review the plan. “It will be very good for the future development of the North End.”

Enclave said it needed the city to provide $6.4 million in tax increment funding (TIF) over 16 years to cover a portion of the site’s redevelopment costs. City council will consider the request at Monday’s meeting, said assistant director of community development Michael Martin.

The council, acting as the city’s economic development authority, got a first glimpse of the proposed deal in late July and seemed optimistic about the project. Outside financial consultancy Ehlers analyzed the project and recommended TIF terms, which will provide an 8.4% return on investment for the developer, according to city documents. Enclave originally requested 23 years of TIF support.

According to a city staff report, the four-story building will include bachelor, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units and underground parking. It will also include a rooftop terrace, solar panels, community room, wellness center, car wash, dog wash and trail connections.

Patrick Brama, with Enclave, said as part of the agreement, the developer is giving up a 40-foot right-of-way on the east side of the property for a future road. Part of the TIF money will be used to build this road, he said.

“We worked closely with the city on this project,” Brama said. “We’re going to be a community partner and we’re excited to help the city advance its vision and keep this area prosperous.”

Enclave did not disclose the purchase price amid the ongoing sale. Brama said land costs are higher than a typical apartment project because the site includes an existing business.

When complete, the building and property will have an estimated value of $54.5 million, according to city documents.

Myth executives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The nightclub opened in 2005, closed four years later, and then reopened in 2011. The club has weathered a series of ownership changes – according to Ramsey County property records, ownership changed hands for the last time in 2015 when GFY Real Estate LLC acquired it for $3.6 million. .

The venue’s capacity is about 3,000 people, according to court documents. Before the pandemic, it operated 50 to 90 days a year. Its October calendar currently lists three events.

Myth’s relationship with city leaders began to deteriorate in 2019 after police responded to more than 250 police calls in two years, including a spate of drug overdoses and an outside shooting. of the site.

Frustrated Maplewood executives have demanded the site comply with a stricter set of rules to retain its liquor license. Myth sued the city over the new rules, but a trial court and appeals court ruled in the city’s favor.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement