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by BigIdeasGuy
December 20th, 2018, 6:04 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 690
Views: 64173

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I drove past last night while they were testing, something that stood out to me is that cool colors did a much better job illuminating the skin that warm colors did. I wonder why that is and if there is anything they can do to correct it?
by BigIdeasGuy
November 27th, 2018, 7:06 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 101
Views: 16054

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

I know that this is going to be the least popular idea ever tossed out on this board but wouldn't it make some sense to use TIF or some other form of public financing to build a large convention center hotel on the outside and above a new parking ramp that ends up replacing the River Center Ramp?
by BigIdeasGuy
November 22nd, 2018, 9:40 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 101
Views: 16054

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

But what place for a large parking ramp than below street level facing a retaining wall and covered by housing, hotel, retail and office space. I get the urbanist ideal of zero parking lots and garages but realistically this is as good as space as any to have a large ramp.
by BigIdeasGuy
November 9th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1021
Views: 116364

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site

Wow I wasn't expecting that! Ryan has done great work with this one. Few thoughts 1. Who would want their apartment door to directly access the skyway like they have on the 2nd floor? 2. The person who decided that the residents can't use the ramp should be banned from making decision for life. It's...
by BigIdeasGuy
November 8th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204258

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

You know United has salvaged a pretty damn solid project, despite (what appeared from the outside) almost completely messing it up a few times over the past few years.
by BigIdeasGuy
November 1st, 2018, 7:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 365
Views: 60652

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

MNdible wrote:
November 1st, 2018, 9:54 am
That really seems like a semantic difference, no?

The important question is whether KMart can sublease without landlord approval under the original terms of the lease.
If a lease holder no longer exists how could sublease in the first place?
by BigIdeasGuy
October 30th, 2018, 6:59 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 949
Views: 121586

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Well I guess this says all you need to know about Triple 5 thinks about luxury retail at MOA and really the future of adding retail to the mall in general. Honestly, that I don't mind. Better they figured that out before doubling in size and putting themselves at risk. There'll be plenty of new ret...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 30th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 949
Views: 121586

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Well I guess this says all you need to know about Triple 5 thinks about luxury retail at MOA and really the future of adding retail to the mall in general.
by BigIdeasGuy
October 23rd, 2018, 7:35 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 690
Views: 64173

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Since the day they announced the location of the stadium I've thought that the success or failure of the stadium won't be judged on if the team can bring 20,000 people to Midway 16-20 times a year, they will, no problem. The success or failure is ultimately going to be judged on the development surr...
by BigIdeasGuy
October 12th, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 85
Views: 13082

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

It's Minneapolis. Developers do infill pretty damn well, occasionally jump up and surprise us on mediocre lot, and only do reach about 50% of the potential on premier lots.
by BigIdeasGuy
October 12th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 157
Views: 21150

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

I get why they have the arch window at the top it echos them at the lower levels but it does look huge and out of place. Hopefully that's something they can fix before they get far into the process
by BigIdeasGuy
September 12th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 208
Views: 20062

Re: Arby’s Island

I've accepted the fact is going to be a 5 over 1 and that's what this parcel was always going to be but the fact that CPM continues to believe people will want to live 3 steps above Lake Street will always shock me. Why not turn that into retail? I feel a cellphone company would be all over that spot.
by BigIdeasGuy
September 8th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)
Replies: 958
Views: 104283

Re: Bottineau LRT (Blue Line Extension)

Also when is the last time a railroad cared about a locality it's located in? I've never heard of railroad of cooperating with a community when it doesn't benefit them. And at the end of the day they really don't have to because of rules in place at the federal level
by BigIdeasGuy
August 22nd, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 93139

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

I've long thought that 5th should be closed between US Bank Stadium and Target Field to all cars, with the exception of those entering or exiting a ramp. In those situations you only allow access to the garage from the nearest ave. Add bike lanes, a bunch of great trees encourage sidewalk cafes, etc...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 19th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Upper Harbor Terminal
Replies: 49
Views: 6967

Re: Upper Harbor Terminal

I'm trying to figure out how the people on the lawn section behind the suite tower building are going to see the stage. Presumably there is going to be some pitch to the lawn and the building doesn't appear to have a 40' high gap in it more like 20'-25'. I have a hard time figuring how the people at...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 19th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 690
Views: 64173

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I stoped and looked around the stadium for a few minutes this evening here are a few things I noticed. 1. They only have 2 large white wave pipes left to install and both of those appear to be waiting for some work on the press box/premium seating to be finished up. 2. The brewery/restaurant/bar on ...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 30th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)
Replies: 377
Views: 51844

Re: Gold Line BRT (Gateway Corridor)

I'm sure I'll get ripped mercilessly for even proposing this but wouldn't it make sense to run LRT down the center of 94 as part of rebuild in a dedicated guide way? Take the Green Line/Riverview tracks from UD to the Xcel roughly then go right down the center of 94 with stops at Snelling and Huron ...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 28th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204258

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'

I don't think anyone here is even remotely excited about United Properties scaling down their plan, I'm certainly not, if you don't believe me go back and look at my posting history. But at the end of the day United Properties has back the city into a corner on this one. Assuming UP refuses to the p...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 26th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204258

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'

I'm sure I have a (well deserved) reputation here for being overly critical and negative but this is sure is a disappointment. I find it fascinating that we can somehow get great to amazing projects on B or C level parcels and nothing but good enough to meh for A level parcels. All that said this is...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 12th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories
Replies: 44
Views: 7125

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories

This proposal will certainly present challenges when it comes time to redevelop the Crooked Pint/Eagle Bolt buildings. But that was likely going to be an issue with anything developed on this lot.

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