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by BigIdeasGuy
September 11th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 133
Views: 24193

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

I went to a meeting about the River Balcony project when it was first announced and I remember someone saying the heating planted didn't want pedestrians walking along to back side of their building for liability reasons. I would assuming that would also apply here but I would guess they can build i...
by BigIdeasGuy
August 16th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (2x 281' - 24 stories)
Replies: 70
Views: 10067

Re: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (2x 281' - 24 stories)

Elegant isn't word I would use to describe that proposal but it isn't terrible. Like everyone else I just hope some of these more ambitious proposals hurry up and get started
by BigIdeasGuy
July 18th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Northstar Commuter Rail
Replies: 760
Views: 92391

Re: Northstar Commuter Rail

I realize for many the fact that Union Depot is in St. Paul is disqualifying by its self but is there any good reason why UD couldn't be the intercity rail of the Twin Cities?
by BigIdeasGuy
June 27th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 160707

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

According to MSP Business Journal a law suit has been filed saying that Rudolph's building is in rough shape and it will take 6 figures to bring it up to code including roof and foundation work. Is the plot of land large enough to make the numbers work on a tear down and apartment building replacing...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 13th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1730
Views: 280227

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

I love the idea that Hines is thinking about developing those parcels shouldn't the city/county make a massive push to tear down those god awful viaducts first? I feel like there is a possibility if those the lots are developed before the viaducts come down we could be stuck with them for damn near ...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 31st, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 117
Views: 21732

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

Wow this is super disappointing to say the least, from the HPC being foxes watching the hen house to Doran not fighting for bigger to the city not pushing for more affordable housing. Seriously we have 3 full city blocks in one of the hottest areas of the Twin Cities and this is best we can do. I do...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 8th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park
Replies: 175
Views: 20451

Re: West End / Central Park West Development - St. Louis Park

Would it be possible if they were to tear down the 1 story retail and rebuild a 6 story stick built with ground floor retail with the parking garage underneath?
by BigIdeasGuy
March 6th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 384
Views: 53028

Re: City Center

As O&M said this is just lipstick on a pig and realistically we are never going to get rid if this pig of a tower. What I'm wondering is if would be possible to tear down the podium part of the building between the office tower and Nicollet and the ramp between the tower and Hennepin then replace th...
by BigIdeasGuy
February 1st, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 26305

Re: Interstate 94

I am crazy for thinking that an LRT line running down the middle of a rebuilt 94 makes a lot of sense? Especially sense we are going to be rebuilding the interstate anyways. Use the Green Line/Riverview tracks in DT STP, then use the 5th street on/off ramp to slide into the middle 94 after the X sto...
by BigIdeasGuy
December 20th, 2018, 6:04 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 746
Views: 79635

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: 133
Views: 24193

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: 133
Views: 24193

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: 1049
Views: 124463

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: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1963
Views: 239200

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: 374
Views: 63796

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: 970
Views: 131631

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: 970
Views: 131631

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: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 746
Views: 79635

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: 117
Views: 21732

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 - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 241
Views: 40391

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

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