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by luigipaladio
July 19th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 36 stories / ~400'(?)
Replies: 34
Views: 3318

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 36 stories / ~400'(?)

Okay, this is not a great work of architecture, but it is not a bad work either. The “sky deck” or super skyway is an interesting feature that will create some great views for people in the building and the pedestrian oriented green area and walkways are an appealing addition to the neighborhood.
by luigipaladio
July 18th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site
Replies: 125
Views: 21070

Re: Former West Publishing / County Jail development site

The riverfront looks less connected in this rendering than in the previous one. The four towers create a massive wall that screens the rest of downtown from the river. The design of the towers is undoubtedly still preliminary and tentative, but it is uninspired at this point. A few odd angles cut in...
by luigipaladio
July 15th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 216
Views: 33051

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

Have they officially broken ground on Eleven or is it just sitting with a fancy fence and no activity? Any dates for construction yet?
by luigipaladio
July 12th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1146
Views: 158025

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Giving a tour here to Italian friends a few years ago, they loved Downtown, the river from and Northeast. They were also completely amazed by our parks, lakes, and the Grand Rounds. I am always meeting tourists in the metro - a recent trip to the Eagan outlet mall was an encyclopedia of foreign lang...
by luigipaladio
July 9th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics
Replies: 96
Views: 13682

Re: Roseville / Rosedale - General Topics

It strikes me that mall owners and managers are really at a loss for what to do with their properties these days, which is understandable given the rapid rate of change in the marketplace. We don’t really need a pile of destination shopping centers. Even the Mall of America looks a bit worn and toot...
by luigipaladio
July 9th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 82
Views: 11842

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

I can picture the council caving in to th Fed on this. It is strange that the Fed would manage this whole project so badly, and then down to the planning commission - although it is clear that many people do not understand the many functions of the Federal Reserve Banks. This is not just a research ...
by luigipaladio
July 9th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories
Replies: 57
Views: 8857

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories

I’m relieved to see st least some action on this project it has the potential to add handsomely to the Washington corridor and to bring at least a little bit of affordable housing closer to the heart of downtown. A careful read of the Strib article does include not only the six story affordable buil...
by luigipaladio
July 2nd, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1238
Views: 156236

Re: MSP Airport

The articles about our area on the Aer Lingus blog have a couple of errors, but it is good to see MSP pick up more direct international flights. I hope that this direct flight to Ireland can be sustained.
by luigipaladio
July 2nd, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 145
Views: 23385

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

I wasn’t able to open the Strib article. Just exactly what is being proposed and who is proposing it? Seven stories of apartments over one floor of retail/childcare will fall short of the height of the New Thrivent building. That will give us two somewhat squat bits of infill.
by luigipaladio
June 27th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 9741

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

Yes, Prime is actually consolidating several offices, including the old Eagan site and folks working at another site - I think in Bloomington near the Normandale/494 interchange. This would have been a prize for either downtown or the Midway, but I doubt the economics would work for the company. In ...
by luigipaladio
June 26th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 519
Views: 104368

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

A recent drive from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis was an interesting study in dramatic contrasts. Downtown St. Paul has so much character and now, so much density in terms of residential population. The retail scene is incredibly limited for the number of residences in such a dense downt...
by luigipaladio
June 26th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 9741

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

I suspect that there was not quite enough imagination at work with Prime Therpeutics to be able to picture the company rooted in a tower in the Midway. Right now, the elegant swooping lines of Allianze Fiield seem hopelessly out of place shoved up against 94 by an array of tired, strip malls and des...
by luigipaladio
June 26th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 66
Views: 9741

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

This will end up being either the tallest or second tallest building in Eagan. From what I’ve seen of their proposals/wish list, this will remain the tallest building in the development. Most of the office buildings proposed for Viking Lakes are in the seven to ten story range. Housing is predictabl...
by luigipaladio
June 26th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 145
Views: 23385

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

The 1953 Lutheran Brotherhood Building was indeed a gem. The stone cladding on the first floor always seemed like a distinctly Minnesotan twist to the Midcentury Modern surfaces of the building. It warmed the place up at street level. Creative designs do not have to be outrageously expensive, unless...
by luigipaladio
June 25th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 145
Views: 23385

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

The new Thrivent building is not as bad as the renderings made it seem, but it is still a bit on the disappointing side. This could have been a much more interesting structure, but it is basically a banded box with a skinny box tacked on to the end of it. The finishes are better than I anticipated. ...
by luigipaladio
June 24th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'
Replies: 59
Views: 8698

Re: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'

Has anyone heard rumors or facts about this project. My doubt level climbs whenever there are long silences. This is a good looking project and it would be wonderful to have it moving ahead. Washington is going to be a pretty amazing street if everything planned for it gets built.
by luigipaladio
June 24th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 158
Views: 25232

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')

Alatus seems to have a knack for getting into projects it can’t move ahead. This one they claim a labor shortage for, the Alia Tower lost its financial partner and the monster project in Arden Hills is caught up in the battle between Ramsey County and the locals. Are they going to be able to move an...
by luigipaladio
June 17th, 2019, 11:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1946
Views: 227782

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

The more I look at the most recent renderings of this project, the more I think it will be a worthy addition to the skyline. No, it won’t be the best, but it won’t be the worst either. I appreciate the way the organization of the interior uses is well reflected in the exterior form of the building. ...
by luigipaladio
June 17th, 2019, 11:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 58
Views: 9646

Re: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

The concerns about the unique features of this building are certainly legitimate. The cantilever on the west end of the building will create heating issues for the units directly above it. Our freeze thaw cycles will put any containment system for all of the greenery to a hard test. Even the winter ...

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