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by Brenns
January 15th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1099
Views: 179644

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Seems like it would be very difficult to succeed with a large format restaurant, especially in downtown. Unless there's an event at Target Center or Target Field to bring masses of people in, how are they not actively losing money with such a huge lease area and the staff required to even keep the d...
by Brenns
December 4th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 82952

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Hopefully something can be done - the railroad seems to enjoy operating with zero consideration for their neighbors. It's also been there for 132 years, long before anyone possibly unhappy about it today has been alive. I understand not wanting to live next to a railyard, but it seems a bit late in...
by Brenns
December 3rd, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 82952

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

It's unfortunate that there will really be no practical alternative for that truck traffic than Central to Lowry, both with unprotected on-street bike lanes. It would be better for nearly everyone if they could take 29th instead. I didn't even consider that - the Central/Lowry intersection is a dea...
by Brenns
December 2nd, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago
Replies: 160
Views: 28965

Re: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago

Supposedly, Pearl and Thief will be moving in from Stillwater, but it sure is taking a long time to do so. I personally doubt that will happen. The closed almost a year ago to move. I don't know how any restaurant could afford to close for a year. IIRC the same restaurant group owns several other s...
by Brenns
December 2nd, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 82952

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Coincidentally ran into someone a few weeks ago who used to work at Shoreham Yards, and a few things he mentioned were that there would be a LOT more truck traffic on Central, it would be very loud, and the neighborhood would not be happy when the expansion was finished and they realized the extent ...
by Brenns
November 22nd, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 82952

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Saw that the General Mills complex on Central and Broadway was purchased by Hillcrest. All articles appear to be locked. Probably condos?
by Brenns
August 8th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 82952

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

It just seems an odd course to take, given that the wedge-shaped piece of land along Central containing the roundhouse has been lying unused and is due for redevelopment once remediation on the site is complete. Part of me wonders if one or more potential developers had expressed interest in the lan...
by Brenns
August 8th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 82952

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Noticed this morning that there is a crew demolishing the roundhouse at Shoreham Yards, which I found quite shocking. I'd always assumed it would be preserved in some fashion when the site was redeveloped, as it is (was) a very cool structure.
by Brenns
August 17th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N
Replies: 139
Views: 21926

Re: West Elm Hotel & Condos - 102-120 1st Street N

As someone who has spent a lot of time doing renderings, they look very rushed. It's possible that the materials and detailing will come together on this one, and they're just not represented well in the images.
That said, these S/K condo buildings are getting a wee bit predictable...
by Brenns
August 16th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Upper Harbor Terminal
Replies: 51
Views: 10548

Re: Upper Harbor Terminal

I'm relieved they kept some of the infrastructure in place. It retains some history at the site and creates an interesting built environment without significant additional cost. I'm honestly quite confused that anyone here would advocate tearing it all down. As for the venue size being smaller than ...
by Brenns
June 28th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 765
Views: 96623

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I don't know what product they're using, but it's entirely possible that the wrap has a protective layer that will be peeled away when the project is complete (hence the "tabs"). Not unlike the screen on a new laptop.
by Brenns
July 25th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 63018

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (~28 stories / 280 units)

I frequently drive by the building on 4th St and 13th Ave, and I challenge anyone to argue the aesthetic merits of this monstrosity. Challenge accepted. The design of the building addresses the pedestrian experience with a permeable and transparent façade, canopies over the adjacent sidewalk, and a...
by Brenns
July 24th, 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 63018

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (~28 stories / 280 units)

condo buildings in Dinkytown/Stadium Village You mean the apartments that were desperately needed for the area to mitigate a surge of students that desired living closer to campus? Or are we talking about the architectural features, which I can somewhat understand? In a way. :roll: Yes, the archite...
by Brenns
July 21st, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 63018

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (~28 stories / 280 units)

I don't like it, but it's not as outrage inducing as half the condo buildings in Dinkytown/Stadium Village, or the White Castle/Holiday cluster happening down the block. They did an adequate job addressing the lack of transparency along 4th, and if I hold my hand over the white/gray/orange tower par...
by Brenns
July 18th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 463
Views: 71067

Re: Target Center Renovation

I am very skeptical of how this turd will polish up. IMO, the biggest problem with the Target Center is that half the building has no interface with the street at sidewalk level and cuts a huge wall across the neighborhood. I'm not seeing how a couple curtain walls and some new Trespa will more than...
by Brenns
June 23rd, 2017, 4:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Upper Harbor Terminal
Replies: 51
Views: 10548

Re: Upper Harbor Terminal

He posted some pictures of it on Instagram too. I know not everyone loves his projects, me included in some regard. But it would be monumental if we at least got some consulting by BIG for the site. Same here. I'm really not a fan of his particular brand of "diagram architecture," but if he steers ...
by Brenns
June 23rd, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 822
Views: 82952

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

phop wrote:
June 22nd, 2017, 6:40 pm
Definitely makes me feel less likely to vote for Reich.
Unfortunately, as of the convention his only real opponent seems to have acquired absolutely zero knowledge of city planning or zoning. She could not name a single committee when asked in the Q&A session.
by Brenns
May 31st, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 700 Central Avenue Northeast Apartments
Replies: 123
Views: 30806

Re: 700 Central Avenue Northeast Apartments

Wow that skyline shots really shows how terrible the roads are in that neighborhood. Red Stag is a pretty awful place to eat outside because of the roads over here. Semis come screaming down First Ave just feet from your table, rattling everything, making it smelly and impossible to hold a conversa...
by Brenns
April 21st, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 63018

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (~28 stories / 280 units)

It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so wide along the north-south direction, and so uniform. There's absolutely no articulation in height or plan to break up the huge mass above the parking platform. The giant windowless service core running along the east elevation...yikes.
by Brenns
April 12th, 2016, 11:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1099
Views: 179644

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Also, I know Russel and worked with him in the past before he was a "famous" chef. He is a grade A douche. I think he is having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that competition is tougher in Minneapolis than in St Paul, and he just wasn't good enough. I'm not at all surprised - this fits ...

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