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Construction Underway at 27th Ave & Lake St

2716 E Lake Street Facade

Construction on the building at 2716 E Lake Street.

Rumors have been swirling around what will happen with the building across from the East Lake Library for more than a year.

However, it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that any sign of development with the building could be seen – now it’s glaringly obvious with three multi-story holes punched into the brick facade.

The building is owned by Hamoudi Sabri’s company, which also owns a variety of local properties, including the gas station on Lake Street and Portland Ave, and properties on all three of the corners at Cedar Ave and Lake Street. Sabri and his extended family have had a storied past with development and their properties in Minneapolis, including foreclosure, legal battles, and – in the case of Sabri’s brother Basim – jail time for bribing a City Council member.

Currently, Sabri’s company only has permits for demolition and facade improvements, said Minneapolis license inspector Julie Casey. These permits note that the space will be used for a future restaurant. If the company applies for an alcohol or extended hours permit, the city will hold a public hearing where neighbors will be able to voice support or concerns.

The building under development is located at 2716 E. Lake Street in Minneapolis.

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4 comments

  1. Patty Day says:

    We’ve been wondering what the story was on that property. Thanks for the inside scoop!

  2. Neighbor in the know says:

    They’re trying to turn it into a nightclub, not just a restaurant. Beware of the Sabris.

  3. Joyce says:

    Oh no.

  4. JJ says:

    This demolition has been a disaster waiting to happen. Very unsafe conditions and work that seems to be on the cheap as far as protecting workers. I dont know if I would set foot in this building after all is said and done. I cant belive the city is allowing this and they have not shut them down. Makes me wonder?

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