Mortenson recently celebrated the grand-opening of RAFTER, a 26-story, 283-unit apartment tower at 333 E. Hennepin Ave. in Northeast Minneapolis.
Where does the RAFTER name come from? Mortenson says that the project is named after Northeast Minneapolis’ population of wild turkeys. The term “rafter” is used to describe a group of turkeys.
Each of the residential unit layouts in RAFTER is named after one of the construction crew members who built the building. The Wagner plan, for instance, is named after Eric Wagner, the crane operator. The Watercott plan is named after Jim Watercott, the drywall foreman.
Amenities at RAFTER include a work-from-home space with individual and shared work stations; the maker’s room, with supplies to make your own products including a bike-repair station, sewing machine, tool box and paint brushes; a secret room with a turn-table and curated vinyl record collection; the Alchemy 365 workout studio; and rooftop outdoor spaces with large-screen TV, fire pits, swimming pool and lounge areas.
Since RAFTER began pre-leasing in January, more than 40 units are already occupied with another 40 leased.