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by alexschief
October 12th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 2924 Bryant Ave S, 86 units
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: 2924 Bryant Ave S, 86 units

The CoW should demand more bicycle parking. Only 40 long term bike parking spaces for 86 units is not a good look for a building just a short roll from the Midtown Greenway.
by alexschief
October 12th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ryan Companies Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 28
Views: 547

Re: Ford Plant Redevelopment - Highland Park

Reimagine the Railway: Studying New Uses for the Ford Spur https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/planning/current-activities/reimagine-railway-studying-new You look at the Spur and how close it gets to the airport and you wonder why it isn’t the number one option for the ...
by alexschief
October 11th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 142
Views: 17527

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

You're right, they're bundling some of the office parking into it. That mollifies me... slightly. But only slightly. It's still an obscene 2.38 spaces per residential unit. Every applicant to the PC or CoW with structured parking should be challenged to eliminate one full level. I guarantee no futur...
by alexschief
October 11th, 2018, 7:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 142
Views: 17527

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

The 3.4 parking spaces per unit is giving me an aneurysm. I know wealthy people own a lot of cars, but that ratio seems absolutely insane.
by alexschief
October 10th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 35ish stories - ~500'
Replies: 1714
Views: 187954

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 35ish stories - ~500'

"Iconic" doesn't need to mean "gimmicky."
by alexschief
September 18th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 137
Views: 9879

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: 4917

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: 11260

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: 466
Views: 86510

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: 48739

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: 138
Views: 12028

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: 894
Views: 112533

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: 1187

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: 352925

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: 5526

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: 5526

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/Four Seasons) - 35ish stories - ~500'
Replies: 1714
Views: 187954

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 - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 142
Views: 17527

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: 2115
Views: 191714

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...

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