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by martykoessel
June 11th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 25
Views: 3539

Re: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - ~200'(?)

I'm pretty sure the loading zone alley will have to be entirely or mostly plugged on Nicollet because the skyway from the library will cross to 301 at just that spot. I'm assuming that this skyway is needed since the one directly from Gateway Tower to Marquette Plaza appears, thankfully, to have bee...
by martykoessel
May 17th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1944
Views: 224724

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

Someone get a picture of the foosball table inside the shelter in the SW corner before it goes! If memory serves me correctly, this shelter is peripatetic. For a while, there was a pocket park next to the old Masonic Building on Hennepin, right where the new section of the Cowles Center is today. T...
by martykoessel
April 20th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1676
Views: 267081

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

A number of North Loop streets, including Third, the one in the photo, are being reconstructed this year. I don't know if this will involve burying the power lines.
by martykoessel
February 20th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 369
Views: 49396

Re: City Center

MN Fats wrote:
December 21st, 2018, 1:41 am
Was able to see some of the plans for the Nicollet Mall renovation. I think a lot of people here will be pleased with what they end up doing.
So, MN Fats, is this still at proposal stage, or is a renovation scheduled?
by martykoessel
February 19th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Apartments at Franklin and Park - 1925 Park Ave
Replies: 7
Views: 1744

Re: Apartments at Franklin and Park - 1925 Park Ave

Does anyone know details about the situation at Thor, which among other things has brought this project to a halt? It's particularly sad that a minority-owned business that appeared to be on a roll and had done so much to revitalize North Minneapolis has, at least for now, gone off a cliff. Here's o...
by martykoessel
February 8th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Replies: 528
Views: 57169

Re: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

There's a lot to take in, but these look great (and connecting the Park Ave bike lanes to the trail is one of my personal issues). I guess it's outside the scope here, but if they could include fixing the disaster that is the Parkway/Cedar intersection, that would be good too. The Field Regina Nort...
by martykoessel
January 16th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 63
Views: 8561

Re: North Loop Neighborhood

This is a potential K-Mart moment. You know, when 20 or 30 years from now people complain, "How could this horrible thing have been built...and in this spot!?" and then others dig into the history to explain how it sort of made sense at the time.
by martykoessel
December 14th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 550
Views: 82322

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

The link here is to a great document for anyone interested in how the University plans to manage its facilities over coming years. Of course, the economy and state funding will have much effect on what in fact happens and the proposed timing. Reference to the Clinical Research Building is on p. 38, ...
by martykoessel
November 5th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Apartments at Franklin and Park - 1925 Park Ave
Replies: 7
Views: 1744

Re: Apartments at Franklin and Park - 1925 Park Ave

There is digging on this site. Affordable housing? Let's hope so! I'm interested in hearing how much this modular construction truly saves.
by martykoessel
October 16th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Theater Garage Marquee Apartments - (Franklin & Lyndale)
Replies: 525
Views: 53994

Re: Theater Garage Marquee Apartments - (Franklin & Lyndale)

Hey, construction guys! Is it possible to rescue a building with this sort of damage at a non-prohibitive cost? (And yes, I realized that "non-prohibitive" is a relative term.)
by martykoessel
September 14th, 2018, 5:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'
Replies: 68
Views: 10912

Re: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland

This looks okay from the west. From the east, it's boring. I'm guessing the developers thought it was too expensive to repeat the fancy window treatment on the other side.
by martykoessel
August 30th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hi-Lake - Minnehaha Mall (Target/Cub) - Downtown Longfellow
Replies: 207
Views: 30868

Re: Hi-Lake - Minnehaha Mall (Target, etc.) - Downtown Longfellow

Much to my surprise they are tearing down quite a bit more of the old Rainbow and strip than I had expected. From what my understanding was from the community meeting last year was that they were going to reuse/repurpose the old building for the new tenants instead of constructing something new. I ...
by martykoessel
August 24th, 2018, 10:15 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 501 7th St S
Replies: 21
Views: 3903

Re: 501 7th St S

Whoa! It's an aparkment building.
by martykoessel
August 20th, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1676
Views: 267081

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

MNdible wrote:
August 20th, 2018, 2:35 pm
This is AKA as old Musicland, right?
Yup.
by martykoessel
August 20th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1676
Views: 267081

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

According to a City permit, the old Witt Market building at 705 Hennepin is currently undergoing "PAINT STRIPPING, TUCK POINTING; REPLACE MANSORY BRICKS ON EXTERIOR WALLS OF EXISTING VACANT COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN PREPARATION FOR FUTURE RENOVATION WORKTO BE DONE." I don't know if someone somewhere ha...
by martykoessel
August 20th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Avenues- Replace Numbers With Names
Replies: 22
Views: 2146

Re: Avenues- Replace Numbers With Names

I understand the sentiment and the logic of adding street names, although nowadays GPS can overcome a lot of the navigational consfusion. More importantly, the costs in time and money of such changes are high, and I'm not just talking about what the City would pay for switching out signage and updat...
by martykoessel
August 6th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1355
Views: 146553

Re: Nicollet Mall

I, too, am disappointed in the monochromatic look of the new Mall. Somehow, not the lanterns nor the chairs nor the light walk nor even the trees are sufficient to overcome the overwhelming grayness. However, I'd like to imagine this is fixable. Rather than throw up our hands and give into regret, s...
by martykoessel
July 27th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1944
Views: 224724

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

Maybe time to chill a little? By the standards of urban tragedies (struggling economy, decaying infrastructure, declining population, rampant crime), a decision not to build a Four Seasons hotel and a few super-luxury condos does not rank high. In fact, we're not even at a City Center level of trage...

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