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by John
October 1st, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 934
Views: 136930

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

There are four well established, very expensive steakhouses within a few blocks of this new restaurant. Not sure if they will all be sustainable long term. Sure wish the landlords along Nicollet Mall would try to attract more diverse retail than just restaurants. I'm hoping at least The Daytons Proj...
by John
August 2nd, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 31
Views: 3533

Re: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

The AECOM and Sherman proposals are really the only two serious contenders in this RFP. If AECOM has a sound financing plan, and the pragmatic issues of building's design are well thought out, I think they have a good chance of being chosen. If that's not the case, it's a shoo-in for Sherman.
by John
July 11th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 31
Views: 3533

Re: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

Agree, the Sherman proposal is nice and if its chosen that's fine. As far as the trees in the pocket gardens of AECOM, they would be consistently be well maintained by the condo association, with the species carefully chosen to be hardy enough to thrive in their constrained environment. It will be l...
by John
July 11th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)
Replies: 31
Views: 3533

Re: 800 Washington Ave S (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

AECOM's proposal is very innovative and creates a unique architectural design for Washington Ave. Plus having a residential project that's home ownership creates more diversity in the housing stock in a downtown that's so heavily rental. Kind of hate to say it, but Washington Ave ( and downtown for ...
by John
July 2nd, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

I think its a mixed bag of some things better and other elements not as nice. Yet that was true with the previous two versions of the mall. Definitely would have been better if they were able to afford the more elaborate pavers that were initially proposed. A budget of 50 million dollars doesn't go ...
by John
June 20th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 147
Views: 20108

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

^^Having the stable and wealthy firm RBC sign on as anchor office tenant for The Gateway Project was a huge step in getting that project to move forward. I give UP a lot of credit for their perseverance in working out such a great proposal for this complicated site.
by John
June 18th, 2018, 11:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Mozaic (all phases)
Replies: 579
Views: 68902

Re: Mozaic (all phases)

^^The panels change color/tonality as you pass by it along the Greenway. It's rather unique and really fun to look at.
by John
June 5th, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 147
Views: 20108

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (31 stories - ~350'/415')

Beautiful tower that works well at both the base and on the skyline. Great addition to downtown Minneapolis.
by John
June 4th, 2018, 3:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

It'd be so easy to fix... Wrapping poles in brighter colors, more storefront having garden spaces, MORE GLASS (honestly, glass can be many colors and they'd break up the tans, grays and browns. Good suggestions! And frankly , filling all those empty storefronts between 8th and 5th streets would be ...
by John
May 25th, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

The leaves are really filling in now after the water has been turned on. Rain helped too. Happily, some of the trees have revived. However, I'm still noticing quite a few dead or visibly distressed ones, although I'm guessing some of that should be expected the first year given transplant "shock". ...
by John
May 17th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

Those Birch are probably not exposed to as much salt. I guess there's some warranty on the trees so they can be replaced. Maybe they should just stick with the known, and plant trees that can definitely withstand the harsher conditions along Nicollet Mall.
by John
May 17th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

^^I spoke with a gentleman taking soil samples along the mall today, and he suspects the Birch (and other distressed plants) are not tolerant of all the salt used during the winter months. He added that they are not likely to thrive in such an intensely urban environment. I guess I'm not sure why th...
by John
May 16th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall

What's up with all the trees between 8th and 12th street? The vast majority of them look like they're dead or dying! I haven't been north of 8th street for awhile. Hope that's not happening up there. Really sad. :(
by John
May 11th, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Peavey Plaza
Replies: 218
Views: 37049

Re: Peavey Plaza

grant1simons2 wrote:
May 11th, 2018, 3:45 pm
FENCES ARE UP!!!

THIS IS HAPPENING
:D :D :D
by John
April 9th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1746
Views: 191563

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

The base and the crown look pretty good. However, the tower should really be about 10 stories taller to improve the proportions, and give the north end of Nicollet Mall a stronger place mark. The project has definitely swayed from the original intent of the RFP's ;)
by John
February 4th, 2018, 10:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 147
Views: 20108

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (31 stories - 307'/415')

I think the ramp looks fairly discreet given its size. Yeah, the base could use a few more tweaks but it's already a very admirable design. I've lived near this intersection for over 30 years, and walked by it frequently. This project is a tremendous improvement for this long underutilized site.
by John
February 2nd, 2018, 12:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 147
Views: 20108

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street

The massing and facade is much improved from the earlier rendition of the proposal. The spire will look great at that intersection. Lovely project!
by John
January 30th, 2018, 7:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 149267

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Glad Victoria's Secret is gone. Kind of a lame retail chain for that intersection. Uniqlo and Topman would be a much better fit.
by John
January 29th, 2018, 9:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 188
Views: 17060

Re: Arby’s Island

I'm sure many of us "old timers" (who've been watching development in Uptown for decades) are undoubtedly super excited to see Arby's closing with this site moving forward, hopefully to a much higher density use. The triangular shape is perfect for something a little more ambitious and iconic for Up...
by John
December 5th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1352
Views: 142813

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

The biggest issue facing Nicollet Mall now is to get the many vacant store fronts filled with retail tenants. It's feels barren with all those empty spaces.

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