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by nickmgray
June 17th, 2018, 7:11 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Phalen Village
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: Phalen Village

It's been a long time since I've jumped in on anything since I've been living outside the US for a while, but wanted to chime in on the conversation since I still own my townhouse that's just two blocks away from proposed development. I do feel that this project lacks ambition. The block could defin...
by nickmgray
September 21st, 2015, 9:24 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S
Replies: 403
Views: 69601

Re: New Kraus-Anderson HQ (9th St. S/5th Ave. S)

The only way this block will ever get a skyway connection is if the Best Western block gets redeveloped. Being connected to the skyway is essential in the core business district, but not really a necessity for residential developments like this. Skyscape and Grand Park are not connected to the syste...
by nickmgray
September 21st, 2015, 8:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S
Replies: 403
Views: 69601

Re: New Kraus-Anderson HQ (9th St. S/5th Ave. S)

This is quite impressive. It's not going to win and design awards, but I have a feeling that this is going to have a massive impact on the neighborhood and spur even more development on the surrounding blocks. As I stated before, I wish there was a retail space on the corner of Portland and 8th. All...
by nickmgray
September 18th, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 309
Views: 48264

Re: Mortenson / USBank project - 333 Hennepin Ave E

This is going to looks a little ridiculous right next to the residential tower. I know the bank isn't interested in property management, but there's probably enough office space demand to justify a 4-8 floor office building here with the bank as the main retail tenant on the bottom floor. They would...
by nickmgray
September 18th, 2015, 9:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Portland Tower - 516 S. 8th St.
Replies: 321
Views: 58825

Re: Portland Tower - 516 S. 8th St.

no one is saying that the project is perfect, but it's a lot better than many of the stick projects that have gone up over the past few years. I think one things we all get caught up on is the overall look of the tower. yes, no one here likes parking podiums, but what we have here is better than mos...
by nickmgray
September 15th, 2015, 9:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 578
Views: 58165

Re: Nye's Redevelopment - 100 block of E Hennepin Avenue

I'm a fan of the new proposal. Yes, more density is always better, but the tower they were proposing was always awkward and didn't offer a very good street presence. I love towers, but they don't always work. A good building needs to have a welcoming street presence and offer something to the commun...
by nickmgray
September 15th, 2015, 9:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 683
Views: 91903

Re: Downtown East - Wells Fargo / Radisson Red / Edition Apt

Traffic with Portland and Park close was a beautiful cluster F*CK. Have not seen so many pissed off drivers in my life. Wonderful rush hour gridlock as I was walking though the area. That was at just before 4, can't imagine what it was like around 4:30 to 6 in that area. Noticed that as well. It wa...
by nickmgray
September 11th, 2015, 9:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 106830

Re: 365 Nicollet - (Opus Ritz block)

360 for the first building would have worked if it was actual round.
by nickmgray
August 28th, 2015, 3:12 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 2751 Shepard Road - Former Sperry Rand/US Bank site
Replies: 13
Views: 2940

Re: 2751 Shepard Road - Former Sperry Rand/US Bank site

what river views? even with no building on the site, it's impossible to see the river. There are 50 foot trees which don't even allow you to see across to the other side of the river, let a long the water itself which is a good 80 feet lower. Did anyone actually do out and look to see what views wou...
by nickmgray
August 25th, 2015, 1:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S
Replies: 403
Views: 69601

Re: New Kraus-Anderson HQ (9th St. S/5th Ave. S)

There's really not enough demand for a full service grocery store on this side of downtown yet. CVS has most of the day to day essentials that people need and most people who live here could easily walk to the other grocery stores on the other corners of downtown on their lunch breaks without breaki...
by nickmgray
August 21st, 2015, 12:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 52033

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Updates

What's up with the permanent black fence along the perimeter of the stadium along 5th street and 11th Ave? Looks like the stadium will the area around the stadium will be under lock and key, not allowing people to get close to the building. That's one of the things I actually likes about the Metrodo...
by nickmgray
August 21st, 2015, 12:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S
Replies: 403
Views: 69601

Re: New Kraus-Anderson HQ (9th St. S/5th Ave. S)

This is sooooo much better than the previous proposals. I want to see what this looks like from the opposite corner. The article mentions that there will be townhouses fronting the Portland side, but I'm hoping that there's at least one retail slot on the corner of Portland and 8th. With this many n...
by nickmgray
August 5th, 2015, 9:24 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Mississippi Market - 740 East 7th Street
Replies: 11
Views: 3583

Re: Mississippi Market - 740 East 7th Street

They are nearly done. Opening will be the first week of September.
by nickmgray
August 5th, 2015, 9:21 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: West Grand Apartments (2138-2146 Grand Ave)
Replies: 7
Views: 1953

Re: West Grand Apartments (2138-2146 Grand Ave)

Those who complain about the "ugly" developments that are going up in Minneapolis should rethink their use of the word. This is simply embarrassing. If I was a developer, I'd be ashamed to have my name on this project.
by nickmgray
July 21st, 2015, 9:22 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Custom House / Hyatt Place - Downtown Saint Paul Post Office
Replies: 69
Views: 21579

Re: Custom House - Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

I agree, but it's a bit of a disappointment that this development will not have much of an impact on the surrounding blocks. Yes, it will put more people this side of downtown, but there are no restaurants or shops within a two block radius. All the buildings in the area have closed off street front...
by nickmgray
June 26th, 2015, 10:25 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1786
Views: 196761

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

As a father of a 3 and 6 year old, I can tell you that kids don't need a lot of open green space. All they really care about is a playground with a few slides and some swings. All we need is a real elementary school in the North Loop with a decent playground that's open to the public. Personally, I ...
by nickmgray
June 26th, 2015, 7:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 52033

Re: U.S. Bank Stadium

I'm not too concerned with the branding on the stadium - especially the large logo on the roof. Because of the angle, you need to be at least 500 feet away from the building to even see anything on the roof and even then you'd see the logo from an angle and wouldn't be able to make out what it is. I...
by nickmgray
June 10th, 2015, 9:10 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Central Park Commons - Eagan
Replies: 37
Views: 4833

Re: Lockheed Martin site - Eagan

Is there a detailed plan for the site anywhere which shows what they layout for the project will be?
by nickmgray
June 10th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S
Replies: 403
Views: 69601

Re: New Kraus-Anderson HQ (9th St. S/5th Ave. S)

Honestly, I'd rather see a 1/4 block office development than a master plan for the whole block. Let's be honest, full-block developments are hard and we're usually disappointed with what's proposed. Let them build a 6-8 story office tower on one of the corners and allow the market to dictate what is...
by nickmgray
June 8th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Hotel News
Replies: 225
Views: 48318

Re: TCF Bank Building Redevelopment

Anecdotally, I was using Priceline a few weeks ago to try and find a hotel room downtown Minneapolis for a Saturday night in May. Nothing came up for under $200+ for a decent hotel room! So if hotels are lowering their prices to lure those elusive suburban hotel room seekers on the weekends... I'm ...

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