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by martykoessel
January 16th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 28
Views: 915

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: 547
Views: 75452

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: 6
Views: 1269

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: 52579

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: 56
Views: 8638

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: 197
Views: 27213

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: 18
Views: 2782

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: 1576
Views: 246899

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: 1576
Views: 246899

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: 1890

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: 143897

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: 1861
Views: 204014

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...
by martykoessel
July 13th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N (Cancelled)
Replies: 46
Views: 6421

Re: Iron Store - 528 Washington Ave N

3x3 for each first floor window opening, except 2x3 at the corner, the same in both photos. What am I missing? Is it that the top panes are rectangular in the original? That each section is divided into smaller panes? I do like that old cornice, though I imagine it would be costly to reproduce, espe...
by martykoessel
July 6th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 547
Views: 75452

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Come this fall, the Fieldhouse, one of the ugliest buildings on the U of M campus, will be improved and prettified:

http://www.startribune.com/u-of-m-s-fie ... 487434441/
by martykoessel
June 27th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 14
Views: 3170

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

Yup. Sometimes backwards is forwards.
by martykoessel
June 8th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 206
Views: 19769

Re: Arby’s Island

On this forum, including here in the Arby's thread, there's a strong bias toward height and iconic architecture. The appeal of the dramatic is completely understandable, but I've also been thinking about some experiences that point in a different direction. First, there was a recent trip to Vancouve...
by martykoessel
June 8th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line
Replies: 146
Views: 24138

Re: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Avenue Development & Grain Elevators/Freight Corridor

Here's the packet . 43 units, 20 surface parking spaces - all listed as short-term for the Starbucks/Dominos, not for the apartments. Also, maybe I just don't get it because I'm not a coffee drinker, but holy crap are they putting a lot of effort into getting a drive-through to work. If zoning allo...
by martykoessel
May 22nd, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 115
Views: 16928

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

I'm starting to get just as fed up with these driving courts. Is our land that invaluable to developers that they feel the need to devote over 25% of the property to something used less than 4 hours of the day? How many delivery trucks are really needed for a loading dock? Why not convert parking i...
by martykoessel
March 30th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 958
Views: 138825

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Since there's an overabundance of Class B office space and a shortage of housing, everyone talking about conversions of office space to residential units is on the right track. Here are some criteria: 1) The Class B office space has to be struggling. This rules out the Medical Arts Building, which i...

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