Urban Farm at The Rose (Rendering)

The Rose

The Rose is a mixed-income, ultra-sustainable property located at the Minneapolis intersection of Franklin and Portland Avenues. Part of South Quarter, it’s a thoughtfully revitalized neighborhood that sets a new standard for urban living.

The Rose features amenities such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a yoga studio, conference room, fitness centers, a playground, and a large community garden. The Rose provides 90 apartments  for people with a wide range of incomes. It offers a range of unit types from efficiencies to three-bedroom apartment homes.

The Rose goes beyond typical sustainability standards. With locally sourced building materials, non-toxic paints and finishes, recycled flooring, renewable energy systems and a large community garden, it’s one of the healthiest, greenest places to live in the U.S.

Specific materials include:

Flooring product:  Ground limestone with a soy-based binder. Toxin-free.

Kitchen Countertops: Granite from Cold Spring, MN. Locally sourced and toxin-free.

Bathroom Flooring: Mineral-based sheet flooring. Toxin-free.

Interior Paints: Sherwin Williams base and colorant. Currently best in class, with zero volatile organic compounds (zero-VOC).

Window sills and bathroom countertops: Corian, toxin-free.

Drywall: National Gypsum, chosen for low chemical levels.

Unique to The Rose is the significant reduction in energy usage compared to other multifamily buildings. The building is designed to be 75% more energy efficient than code requirements. The solar thermal wall produces hot water while also serving as an architectural feature. The building is also solar photovoltaic-ready to bring it closer to net zero energy.

“It is sound business to develop properties that reduce energy use, can stay affordable for residents, and function optimally over time,” says Alan Arthur, Aeon’s CEO. “The Rose is a learning lab for that — not only for Aeon, but for others who develop high-quality affordable housing.”

Learn More About The Rose

Living Building Challenge 101 and Energy Conservation

The Living Building Challenge is defining the next generation of building performance and sustainability. In this panel from the grand opening of The Rose, you will learn about this innovative program and why we chose this framework for The Rose.

Panel speakers: Pat Aloise-Young, Colorado State University; James Lehnhoff, Aeon; Rhys MacPherson, MSR; Billy Weber, University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research

Materials & Health

Using healthy materials saves energy, keeping utility costs down for residents, and contributes to better resident health. In this panel from the grand opening of The Rose, you will learn why healthy building materials matter, how they affect health, and why we chose the ones we did for The Rose.

Panel Speakers: Gina Ciganik, Healthy Building Network; Rhys MacPherson, MSR; Alison Mears, Parsons School of Design

South Quarter Vision and Neighborhood Revitalization

In this panel from The Rose grand opening, you will learn about the vision for this Sough Quarter intersection and how it ties to neighborhood and community opportunities.

Panel Speakers: Alan Arthur, Aeon; Mary Keefe, Hope Community