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by martykoessel
October 10th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 22
Views: 1590

Re: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin

I'm puzzled by the frequent assumption that height equals a better building. On this forum, there's plenty of criticism of tall apartment buildings on top of parking podia, and just today there's a good comment about how well the 6-story building at 1500 Nicollet has turned out. Personally, I'm more...
by martykoessel
August 22nd, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Harlem Irving and CA Ventures - 240 Hennepin Ave - 23 stories - 256'
Replies: 80
Views: 14041

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

Yes, Nathan, I agree. Enclosing that first floor would make the 21st Century Bank Building a nice part of the city. In general, I sometimes think we're in danger of repeating some of the worst urban planning mistakes of the past, namely tearing down buildings because they look out of date or represe...
by martykoessel
August 19th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 56341

Re: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)

And if we enter into a recession, or if lenders merely become increasingly uneasy over concern that one might begin, you can bet that the ranks of pretty buildings that don't exist will grow.
by martykoessel
July 23rd, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: New House of Charity Building (7th & Park Ave S.)
Replies: 37
Views: 5017

Re: New House of Charity Building (7th & Park Ave S.)

A crew is working on the Finance & Commerce Building today. It looks as though improvements are being made rather than preparations for demolition. Is this structure going to be incorporated into the low-income housing, or is something entirely different going on?
by martykoessel
June 11th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet 301 - 20 stories - 241'
Replies: 33
Views: 6030

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: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1983
Views: 244576

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: 1731
Views: 282651

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: 384
Views: 53170

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: 1821

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: 538
Views: 62439

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: 98
Views: 14510

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: 551
Views: 86951

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: 1821

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: 534
Views: 57091

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: 82
Views: 15389

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: 222
Views: 35360

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: 4032

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: 1731
Views: 282651

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

MNdible wrote:
August 20th, 2018, 2:35 pm
This is AKA as old Musicland, right?
Yup.

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