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by alexschief
September 18th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 80
Views: 6422

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

MinnPost has a review of some of the changes. Essentially, the lowest category of zoning will now be triplexes, but fourplexes will be allowed on lots 40' wide or larger, which is... most of them? There's a decent ADA-related reason for this change, and it seems to have bought the plan some good pr...
by alexschief
September 14th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 240 Park Ave S - Zygi's Apartments
Replies: 33
Views: 4801

Re: 240 Park Ave S - Zygi's Apartments

This building is 187'. Washington Avenue right-of-way is 120' wide. The ratio is about 1.5:1, which is totally appropriate.
by alexschief
September 14th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Development (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N
Replies: 125
Views: 11141

Re: North Loop Development (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N

I might like this proposal better if the demarcations between the floors didn't make this look like a supersized three and a half story building. But that's not the only thing bothering me. I don't understand the recessed center section at all, it's going to feel like a massive void. The parking/uni...
by alexschief
September 13th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 459
Views: 84177

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

I know there's perpetual concern about the diminished state of office in downtown St. Paul, but the even bigger problem is the lack of people who live there. Converting some of the older office to residential makes a lot of sense, especially as new, smaller and more unique offices, like the old Wool...
by alexschief
August 30th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northside - General Topics
Replies: 273
Views: 47832

Re: Northside - General Topics

Just one to two blocks away from the future D-Line route that would hopefully be a trigger for the future phases of development that are conceptualized. What an exciting vision, I hope they are successful in carrying it out. I also imagine there might be some city support available if they hit hiccu...
by alexschief
August 28th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus
Replies: 132
Views: 11290

Re: D Line - Chicago-Fremont/Emerson Rapid Bus

The D-Line will be frequent and fast, but I'm not sure it's frequent and fast enough to act as a getaway vehicle after committing crimes.
by alexschief
August 17th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 891
Views: 111280

Re: Southside - General Topics

I'll be really fascinated to see what these units rent for. They're small, the location isn't trendy, and the building is being built with no structured parking. This should be a good test of just how affordable market rate housing can be in the MSP urban core market.
by alexschief
August 11th, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Malcolm Yards Phase One (food hall, apartment buildings, grocery store)
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: Malcolm Yards Phase One (food hall, apartment buildings, grocery store)

This'll be big - it's worth its own topic. Has anyone heard anything about what grocery it would be? 33k square feet is kind of a weird size - too big for an Aldi or Trader Joe's (not that another Trader Joe's would happen in Minneapolis, as they would have to sacrifice the liquor store) but too sm...
by alexschief
August 7th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 352564

Re: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building

... above a massive parking ramp. Incorrect, it's on the sliver of grass on the south side of the parking ramp. Facts still matter. Their exercise was about making a Class-A downtown office building Net Zero, they don't own that ramp, nor was this an exercise about making everyone who works in the ...
by alexschief
July 31st, 2018, 6:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 18-20 stories
Replies: 53
Views: 4901

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Yeah, the city pushed back on the nearly (more than?) 2:1 parking ratio of Eclipse, but I don't think they'll fight about a 1:1 ratio. And, to be honest, if it's all underground and the entrances aren't too egregious, I don't really care. The developer can do whatever they want - it's their money t...
by alexschief
July 30th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 18-20 stories
Replies: 53
Views: 4901

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Sounds like the Eclipse lot is getting a very Stanton-esque proposal. Maybe Irving will clad it in black glass as a tribute. Hope the city pushes back hard on the parking count, this is a site with a tremendous amount of transit and bike/ped accessibility. At the Sawatdee site, BKV's buildings are n...
by alexschief
July 27th, 2018, 12:25 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'
Replies: 1701
Views: 183621

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC Plaza Jr.) - 30 stories - 458'

The mix of uses got worse, but the design got better. Unfortunately these two things seem directly and inversely related on this project. But there's a recent example in Philadelphia, the mixed use FMC Tower , which has very obvious office and residential sections, with a simple and effective massin...
by alexschief
July 24th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 43 stories / 526'
Replies: 126
Views: 15819

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 43 stories / 526'

Pardon me while I play a mournful tune on my extremely small violin. There are very obvious solutions to this problem, and they involve the developers paying the owners of the Padilla and the Red Cross buildings for access or ownership of part of their parking lots. They could extend the Dinkytown G...
by alexschief
July 23rd, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2097
Views: 188874

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

(and since new development continues to open along transit, like the 200+ students moving into The Hub directly across from the East Bank Station, we might fairly expect a slight increase in the percentages). I wonder if that shift does have a noticeable impact on bus ridership? I have to imagine t...
by alexschief
July 20th, 2018, 5:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News and Current Happenings
Replies: 2097
Views: 188874

Re: Public Transit News and Current Happenings

Halfway through the year, a ridership update from Metro Transit . Overall, ridership is down 2.6% compared with this time last year. That's due to a pretty alarming 4.6% drop in bus ridership. MSP had so far been doing decently compared with the national slump in bus ridership, but that may not be t...
by alexschief
July 20th, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul Office Market
Replies: 76
Views: 12773

Re: St. Paul Office Market

Finance and Commerce profiled the 428 Minnesota building. Photos and building details, including that a coffee shop is expected to take a first floor retail space.
by alexschief
July 12th, 2018, 7:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 75
Views: 10728

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

That’s one of the biggest frustrations I have with a lot of recent projects. I understand the economics of it, but good urban design comes from variety at the ground level. These massive, single block developments with setbacks from the street and little retail are not progressing the city towards a...
by alexschief
July 12th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Art and Architecture Building Redevelopment - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / ~155'
Replies: 84
Views: 10146

Re: Art and Architecture Building Redevelopment - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / ~155'

The view from the base of the Witch's Hat Tower looking westward towards downtown Minneapolis is absolutely a public benefit and should be preserved within reason. If Pratt Elementary sells out in favor of a twenty story condo tower, there's a good case for denying that. But this project blocks a vi...
by alexschief
July 12th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Calhoun Towers - 3430 List Place (2x 281' - 24 stories)
Replies: 57
Views: 5985

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

Phase .......... Commencement .......... Completion Date .......... Description Phase A ....... Early 2019-2020 .......... 2022 ........................... 243 unit, 26 story tower Phase B ....... 2022-2024 .................. 2026 ........................... 256 unit, 26 story tower Phase C ....... ...

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