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by twincitizen
January 11th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Does Minneapolis have too many stoplights?
Replies: 59
Views: 7266

Re: Does Minneapolis have too many stoplights?

Reviving an old thread here. Last night I noticed there is now a stoplight at Xerxes/60th, which was always a 4-way stop (at least for the 12 years of available Google Street View). You don't see too many new stoplights in the city, not as replacements of 4-way stops anyways. Seems like if changes a...
by twincitizen
January 11th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line
Replies: 146
Views: 24181

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line

It is already zoned C3A "Activity Center", which allows 4 stories by right, and higher by CUP. Most areas of the city that are zoned C3A currently have buildings of 6 stories and higher. Areas currently zoned C3A include the core up Uptown & LynLake, Nicollet-26th, Hi-Lake, and the downtown riverfro...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

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

Despite what I said above, I actually think Target would have the weakest case of any of the above-listed buildings, due to the unique nature of the video board. RBC's sign is really quite small, and static. It's a massive leap to Target having huge animated logos floating around the skyline. I'd be...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

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

I'm not nearly as worried about future towers as I am about current buildings wanting to add signs now. If we're gaining several new 500'+ office towers, I'm not going to be too upset if there are a couple signs dotting the skyline. I'm 1000x more concerned about seeing logos added to Wells Fargo Ce...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line
Replies: 146
Views: 24181

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line

While it would be pretty shaky as legal finding for the city to deny development of this parcel, I would feel a lot better if the developer would wait a year or two and plan for coordinated redevelopment with the strip mall to the north. While legally separate pieces of property, there is so much to...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Library Block Redevelopment - Edina
Replies: 45
Views: 4508

Re: Southdale Library

I would not want to see it move to Southdale Center. As it stands today, this is located right on the border with Richfield. Both Edina and Richfield have another library (Edina branch and Augsburg Park branch), but this serves western Richfield and southern Edina pretty equitably. Quoting sdho fro...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line
Replies: 146
Views: 24181

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line

Appeal denied, unanimously. Motion was made by Bender. She mentioned "design" (not just height) a couple times in her reasoning for denial, as well as not wanting to overturn the Planning Commission's thoughtful consideration. This is probably the right move. The Planning Commission has rarely (neve...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

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

Now let's hope they take heed of Goodman's proposal of starting the reconstruction of Hennepin on this end so that they can kill two birds with one stone and get both these projects done at the same time. Isn't Hennepin scheduled for 2020-2021 construction anyways, with finishing touches (landscapi...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Library Block Redevelopment - Edina
Replies: 45
Views: 4508

Re: Southdale Library Block Redevelopment - Edina

Isn't design of the new library pretty far along at this point? Like they already decided months ago how much of the block would be library vs. how much sold for private redevelopment, where the library would be sited on the block, etc. Seems kinda hard to believe they'd hit the brakes on that to st...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

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

As much as I worry about the dangerous precedent setting aspect of the sign, I have to admit the actual sign being proposed would be fine. It's on the 3rd St elevation only, and is rather modest in relative size. I still don't like it and think they should deny it, but the sky won't fall if it gets ...
by twincitizen
January 10th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

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

This is clearly a bluff... one that the city needs to call. There's no way RBC gets this far along in the process with the knowledge that this was a low probability approval. At this point, what does it hurt them to talk tough to try to get it? 100% agree. Everyone involved knows the rules and long...
by twincitizen
January 9th, 2019, 11:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line
Replies: 146
Views: 24181

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line

The Rueter Walton apartment project at 4757 Hiawatha (former Bridgeman's/SomTaste) was denied by the Planning Commission back in December. A rare outright denial of a project in Minneapolis, over staff's recommendation to approve. The area is zoned C3A, which allows 6 stories, however is in the Sho...
by twincitizen
January 9th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1861
Views: 204368

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

Bumping the appeal docs since it got pretty far upthread: https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2019-00051

Meeting is Thursday, 10:00am. Anyone emailed their CM yet to oppose the sign? (especially if they're on the Z&P Committee)

Anyone got odds on approval of the sign?
by twincitizen
January 8th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Southside - General Topics
Replies: 907
Views: 115077

Re: Southside - General Topics

One on One Bike Shop & Cafe is leaving North Loop and reopening in the former Minnehaha Falls Nursery at Minnehaha Ave & 45th St
FB announcement: https://m.facebook.com/250147548939/pos ... 188008940/
by twincitizen
January 8th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1025
Views: 124246

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

Answers here in this TCB article: http://tcbmag.com/news/articles/2019/january/exit-of-north-face-columbia-sportswear-highlights-uptown-retail-challenge Victoria’s Secret & North Face were simply 10-year lease expirations. Columbia appears to be closing a year or so ahead of their lease expiring. Tr...
by twincitizen
January 8th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1025
Views: 124246

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

I saw Columbia was closing when I walked past earlier this week, but North Face is news to me. I wonder if there's someone working on assembling property for a redevelopment? Count me as skeptical that teardown & redevelopment is imminent for these properties. It seems more like 10-year leases endi...
by twincitizen
January 3rd, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 301
Views: 48931

Re: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N

Ah, here's a link: Sable Sounds like they're specifically trying to get people to buy them and Airbnb them out? IMO sounds more like a marketing pitch to convince people to buy more condo than they can afford, rather than a specific push for Airbnb investors. Still a very interesting decision to se...
by twincitizen
December 28th, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 949
Views: 121618

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

Sears owns the building, so it really depends on whether they sell it to MOA (as Bloomingdale's did) or if Sears subleases it themselves (if their existing agreements with the mall even allow them to do so). Probably whatever is better for Sears' creditors. My preference (and maybe MOA owners' prefe...
by twincitizen
December 28th, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Neighborhood
Replies: 992
Views: 154541

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

Every time I'm reminded of that building's existence, I'm surprised that it wasn't turned into for-sale condos in early 2000s condomania.
by twincitizen
December 28th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: What's Your Take On Minneapolis E-Democracy?

"Stop making e-democracy happen" is a saying I coined on Twitter this year (i.e. stop linking to or discussing e-democracy on other outlets and it will eventually go away).

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