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The Rune project in Alexandria makes progress

Crews are currently working on the stair and elevator towers for the $25 million project.

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Looking toward Broadway, this drone view of The Rune shows the scope of the $25 million project. Crews are working on an elevator, shown on the right side of the image.
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ALEXANDRIA — Bit by bit, The Rune project at Third Avenue and Broadway in Alexandria is making progress.

Crews are currently working on the stair and elevator towers.

"These are unique in that they take all of the buildings shear forces," said Ted Thompson, senior project manager for C.I. Construction, which is the lead contractor for the $25 million project. "This is also why the footings are so large for them."

What's next for the project?

"Coming up, we’ll have our first shipments of steel coming mid-September," Thompson said. "Steel erection will be going off and on all through February as the steel comes in from the fabricator. There will also be some work tying into storm, sewer and water utilities in the month of October."

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The new four-story complex will consist of commercial and retail space, including a new restaurant — Mill Valley Kitchen.

The Rune will also include 72 market-rate apartments, ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom units.

Four stories will be above ground on the Broadway side and three stories above ground on the Hawthorne Street side. The first floor, which will be at ground level on Broadway and have underground parking on the Hawthorne side, will be the commercial level.

There will be another underground parking level below this with 153 stalls.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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