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by sdho
January 8th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Very nice
by sdho
December 30th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 214
Views: 32672

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

Construction on Novo has begun — all houses were removed and the half-block of Queen Avenue is gone. Looking pretty sad with all those trees removed and just a vacant lot, so I'll be eager to see actual buildings and new landscaping going in. One of the project partners has a project page up, includ...
by sdho
December 12th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

What are "condo standards" in the context of a tower? Anything 20 (or 25) stories is obviously going to be concrete. Do they do greater level of sound attenuation with condos vs. luxury apartments? No doubt they're all gonna be over-the-top finished with the Lifetime signature look of 2000s-style gr...
by sdho
December 7th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

That proposal is a trip. It's nice to see significant investment in the area, but I hate doubling down on the moat-of-parking mall format. Edina should actually work to integrate real public streets (not parking lot drive aisles) into the Southdale superblock. Their Southdale area plan implies this ...
by sdho
November 18th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 214
Views: 32672

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

Richfield HRA, Council, and Planning Commission to have a work session tonight to hear more details on two proposals for 6501 Penn Avenue, the "Bumper to Bumper" site. Proposals range from 40 to 140 units + ground-floor retail space. One developer is mainly interested in that corner property and has...
by sdho
October 29th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 214
Views: 32672

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

Hey, Wagners is a Richfield business even if currently all in Minneapolis. (Owner used to live at 70th and Lyndale too) The 1938 photo gives a good sense of it: http://geo.lib.umn.edu/minneapolis/y1938/MP-1-25.jpg. Looks like Penn is clearly established. 60th to north is in, 63rd to east of Penn is ...
by sdho
October 29th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 214
Views: 32672

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

Good question. They must have been anticipating taking it all the way to Penn, like the other 62nd St on the Minneapolis side? But as of 1971, it was dead-ended where it dead ends now. http://geo.lib.umn.edu/Hennepin_County/y1971/CLK-1-1229.jpg I imagine if Crosstown is ever expanded or this interch...
by sdho
October 29th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 214
Views: 32672

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

Lunds apartment project approved by Richfield Planning Commission last night, moving to City Council. This is to be built on the north/west part of Lunds' very large parking lot. There was some grumbling (also by me) about the large setback from Penn, and push toward Russell. But Lunds was pretty in...
by sdho
October 16th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Is it called Richfield Road, or E Calhoun Parkway?
Replies: 16
Views: 3246

Re: Is it called Richfield Road, or E Calhoun Parkway?

Just came across this thread seeing if Richfield had come up anywhere recently :D Looks like County GIS map has fixed it so that this SE corner correctly displays as Richfield Road. I've never seen it as Calhoun Pkwy / Maka Ska Pkwy. The boundaries are pretty clear: the much-narrower portion is a pa...
by sdho
September 26th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 214
Views: 32672

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

During the work session for this, the senior city planner pointed out a previous study of downtown Richfield -- specifically focused on 66th & Nicollet -- that generally showed the area was "over-supplied" for retail/commercial space. Bear in mind that just east of the railroad, there are about 20 a...
by sdho
August 9th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Edina's approved a new proposal for the southern half of the Estelle site. The developer will replace a 2.5-story office building with 1-story strip retail and surface parking. Although there have been other disappointing developments, this is the only situation I'm aware of in the Southdale Distric...
by sdho
August 9th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

I agree with everything but the last conclusion. Unless the ultimate outcome of a new plan is, "don't fret about the pedestrian environment on France Avenue" -- I see no scenario in which it would have been bad to put decorative lights in at the time it was cheapest and most practical. But the rest:...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

I hope you're right the wholesale changes will happen. I think a big barrier for Edina is that it's been able to coast *really successfully* on private or outside investment doing 95% of the work for them. There are some exceptions, like Centennial Lakes and the Edina Promenade. But most upgrades ar...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 153
Views: 23319

Re: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina

Hopefully they'll at least reduce that frontage road to two lanes? It's a pretty silly 4LDR right now That’s not part of this project. The frontage road is presumably MNDOT controlled? And Viking Dr. is the southern border of Edina there, so presumably that would be a big, multi-jurisdictional proc...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: St. Louis Park - General Topics
Replies: 508
Views: 67942

Re: St. Louis Park - General Topics

Woof. That section between TH 100 ramp and and Beltline is really all over the board. At some points they have a quasi-protected bike lane, at some points they have bikes and pedestrians sharing a 6' sidewalk. Beltline is OK, but I'd like to see at least a 10' MUP (or 12' if back-of-curb) to provide...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina
Replies: 153
Views: 23319

Re: Pentagon Park (Hwy 100 & Industrial Blvd) - Edina

The curves in the frontage road keep the traffic slow! They do, but they also make the approach really confusing and make it very hard to see pedestrians crossing that leg. You don't see them until you've made that final twist and are fully encroaching on the crosswalk. Would be nice to have a curv...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

If the E Line ends up going down France, then I imagine Hennepin & Edina will have a plan for upgrading sidewalks and lighting, including this bridge. Spoiler: they will not have a plan for that, and certainly not money for it. There have been no upgrades like that at all on either of the aBRT line...
by sdho
August 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Can verify it’s open. Drove over it yesterday. Sidewalks look pretty puny. Pretty sure the sidewalks are over twice as wide as they used to be. I do wish they had a low fence or something other than the curb to block cars. I need to go there in person, but I believe old were 6', new are 8-10', so a...
by sdho
August 4th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Got some pics of Aria f.k.a. Envi Edina f.k.a. Cake Residences today: https://twitter.com/sdho/status/1158042623032143874 It's looking pretty good, exterior and grounds are like 95% complete. Street presence is terrific from the townhomes, mediocre from the main building. But an obvious huge improve...
by sdho
July 2nd, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area Development - Edina
Replies: 749
Views: 106257

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

Not sure if YouTube links to the precise time where I copied the URL, but it’s 2:43:50 where “sketch plan” is defined and where the majority of the conversation begins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asNGWAg7p-Y They have a nice pattern for linking to a particular time. Just add &t=XXhXXmXXs -- li...

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