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by jtoemke
December 11th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 177
Views: 14790

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I suppose this answer isn’t relevant because the zoning is still residential-only, not mixed use, but it seems quite creative: https://www.rjohnthebad.com/plain-talk/2015/05/11/thresholds-for-the-single-stair-walk-up-building Yeah I like that guy, I have seen this before - very helpful. I guess my ...
by jtoemke
December 11th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 177
Views: 14790

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I'm mildly optimistic about seeing more missing middle housing- the continued reduction in required parking is doing a lot to help make buildings in the 4-20 unit range more viable. Unfortunately things that won't change but have made missing middle more difficult are ADA laws and an ever more strin...
by jtoemke
December 9th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 363
Views: 59478

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

TroyGBiv wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 7:39 pm
https://finance-commerce.com/2018/12/mi ... eet-kmart/

Interesting article! I wonder what the sale price will be...
Ahh stupid locked articles. What does this mean? Can the city form an LLC and buy it and tear it down? Is this good news at all?
by jtoemke
December 7th, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Twin Cities' National and Global Image
Replies: 923
Views: 77032

Re: Twin Cities' National and Global Image

Some coverage of the Minneapolis 2040 vote today from Slate. I wonder if it'll be significant, in terms of being a national model, that Minneapolis was 'the first' to make this kind of change. Minneapolis is an extraordinarily progressive city, just as much if not more progressive than coastal citi...
by jtoemke
December 6th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 177
Views: 14790

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

My eyes rolled so hard when I saw it. Hope this too is tossed out in a flash.
by jtoemke
December 5th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 734
Views: 52912

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Plans for that weird endeavor on Johnson and 35W: http://minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-215641.pdf The unit sizes in this are huge compared to what we've been seeing. If the price is comparable to other market rate buildings, I can see the extra 200-300 sf bein...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6246

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)

The floor plates suck for residential honestly. Super deep. Cutting a light well out of the center would help. Typical residential construction is around 64ft wide. Stretched to 80ft works but creates lots of dark corners in the units and is honestly pretty terrible. This one is 120ft on the shallo...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6246

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)

This could easily be a market-rate condo conversion, right? The floor plates suck for residential honestly. Super deep. Cutting a light well out of the center would help. Typical residential construction is around 64ft wide. Stretched to 80ft works but creates lots of dark corners in the units and ...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1568
Views: 244127

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

This week's Planning Commission submissions: Outside Downtown — Units: 243 Parking Spaces: 125 Ratio: 0.514 park/unit Bike Parking Spaces: 244 Ratio: 1.00 bike park/unit Downtown — Units: 1082 Parking Spaces: 991 Ratio: 0.915 park/unit Bike Parking Spaces: 806 Ratio: .745 bike park/unit Was there a...
by jtoemke
December 4th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 370904

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

The estimated end-to-end travel time is just under 32 minutes [1] , though I haven't had any luck finding documents that break that down by station. That actually seems super competitive. Even to driving honestly - especially at rush hour traffic speeds. If I could guarantee myself a solid half hou...
by jtoemke
December 3rd, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6246

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

I'm happy/sad about this.

Affordable housing here would be good but the floor plans and building layout was awful, tons of windowless bedrooms, no retail, parking on Washington..etc.

Hope someone else picks this up.
by jtoemke
December 1st, 2018, 4:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 370904

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

I went. Although this project is an absolute dog and pretty late getting going, its nice to finally see some dirt getting moved (literally). I need to get more pictures of the route and maintenance facility area before the construction really starts. Its going to look very different in just a few y...
by jtoemke
December 1st, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Family Dollar picture request/suggestion
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Family Dollar picture request/suggestion

Great to see these lots being filled in. That view is gorgeous. My thoughts: 1) This stretch of trench between LaSalle and 3rd seems like it would be super easy to cap. 2) Capping that would probably lead to the rapid gentrification of Steven's Square which is definitely a huge hidden gem. 3) Are th...
by jtoemke
November 30th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)
Replies: 49
Views: 5869

Re: The Amp House (3255 Garfield)

amiller92 wrote:
November 30th, 2018, 10:01 am
Not sure about the wisdom of having the lobby/entrance in between the buildings like that.
Avoids corridors.

I like this building a lot.
by jtoemke
November 27th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 177
Views: 14790

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

I'd disagree that a 30'x60' house is average. That's a beast! For comparison, my nicely sized 1912 house is about 1200sf finished over two floors -- your layout is three times that size. I went to the Wedge and used google maps to measure a couple. Maybe they're duplexes haha - you're right it's bi...
by jtoemke
November 27th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 177
Views: 14790

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

So call me a nerd but on a whim over my lunch today, I decided to use the dimensions of an average older Minneapolis home (used 30'-0" x 60'-0") and do the first layout I thought of that would fill the space with a triplex. Figured I might as well share it. This was the result: Unit A - 1530 sf - 3 ...
by jtoemke
November 22nd, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 157
Views: 20958

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

The quote that prices will remain confidential is interesting. I guess its like when you go to a bar/restaurant and there are no prices listed - if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
by jtoemke
November 22nd, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction (Douglas to Lake St)
Replies: 104
Views: 9843

Re: Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction / E Line (Uptown to Downtown)

The stretch of Hennepin south of Lake is open again. I happened to be there yesterday picking up a book at Magers & Quin. There were half a dozen cars parked in the new bike lanes between Lake and 31st. There was also a traffic cop giving them tickets. This is the first time I have seen a traffic c...
by jtoemke
November 17th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 199
Views: 21562

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

Interesting. Aren't most of the classic brick brownstones wood frame construction? Around Stevens Square, etc. Brick in those cases are used structurally - and the wood frame is just for delineation of space. Nowadays its the opposite, with brick acting as a rainscreen and the wood giving the build...
by jtoemke
November 16th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street
Replies: 199
Views: 21562

Re: Richfield - General Topics - 66th Street

Which makes me wonder why everyone doesn't just throw up brick. It seems to be the least offensive of materials, and conveys an appearance of quality people are after. The material costs are similar but the labor costs for installation are usually wayyyy more. It takes like 3x as long as metal pane...

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