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by writruth
June 2nd, 2014, 12:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TCF Bank Building Redevelopment
Replies: 383
Views: 63402

Re: TCF Tower

The problem may be getting people willing to pay the higher rents that would be required to build a new tower -- many of the recent moves into downtown have been into less expensive office space. 510 Marquette is a prime example of this trend, and I suspect that we'll see a similar trend with the s...
by writruth
June 2nd, 2014, 12:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: TCF Bank Building Redevelopment
Replies: 383
Views: 63402

Re: TCF Tower

With the recent sale of TGIF by the Carlson Companies, and the resulting influx of cash, I'm wondering if there are plans to use the capital to finally leave their suburban digs and build a new flagship tower in downtown Minneapolis. Radisson is a quintessential Minnesota company built from the grou...
by writruth
May 29th, 2014, 8:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 934
Views: 136935

Re: Downtown Restaurant News

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2014/05/23/buffalo-wild-wings-downtown-minneapolis-stadium.html Buffalo Wild Wings chief hints at a possible opening of a downtown Minneapolis restaurant in the area of the new Vikings stadium. Would be also great to see a Tender Greens and or Simp...
by writruth
May 23rd, 2014, 11:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 463
Views: 68451

Re: Target Center Renovation

http://finance-commerce.com/2014/05/mortenson-to-lead-target-center-makeover/ The best news since seeing the renderings last week is that Mortenson has been named to lead the transformation of Target Center. That strange paneled look on the outside shell seems bad enough, perhaps wiser minds at Mort...
by writruth
May 16th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester
Replies: 432
Views: 50538

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

Great points.
by writruth
May 16th, 2014, 2:44 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1113
Views: 149587

Re: Downtown Retail News

The Gap and Banana Republic both need to open as stand-alone stores along Nicollet. Add an H&M, a Nike Flagship store and an Apple Store and presto-wammo, we'll have a real retail corridor.
by writruth
May 16th, 2014, 8:23 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: High Speed Rail MSP to Rochester
Replies: 432
Views: 50538

Re: Zip Rail to Rochester

The investment infusion of $6-7 billion dollars over the next decade to develop Rochester into a Destination Medical Center will spawn thousands of high tech jobs and could challenge St. Paul's position as the number two economic engine in Minnesota. During the same period of time, the University of...
by writruth
May 16th, 2014, 5:30 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 106690

Re: Opus Ritz Block Development

writruth wrote:Hey John: Where did the estimate of half a million square feet come from? Also, I found it difficult to distinguish two buildings in the photo.
Oh, yes, now I see the notation: 500K sq. ft. listed on the diagram.
by writruth
May 16th, 2014, 1:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 106690

Re: Opus Ritz Block Development

Hey John: Where did the estimate of half a million square feet come from? Also, I found it difficult to distinguish two buildings in the photo.
by writruth
April 27th, 2014, 4:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1019
Views: 114890

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

San Francisco is a city that successfully has both density and height, even in an earthquake zone. I have often made the case here that Minneapolis' penchant to settle for sub-optimal development outcomes appears to be congenital or perhaps at least a result of an inferiority complex. Looking forwar...
by writruth
February 14th, 2014, 10:49 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The Skyline
Replies: 67
Views: 4165

Re: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations

http://www.minnpost.com/minnesota-blog-cabin/2014/02/would-minneapolis-today-oppose-construction-ids-center This links to a fascinating MinnPost story, raising the question of whether we've lost our sense of architectural adventurism and whether today's myopic culture of NIMBYism would prevent const...
by writruth
February 5th, 2014, 9:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 463
Views: 68451

Re: Target Center Renovation

Here we go again. When the $150 million plan was unveiled two years ago, it was already pitched as the "cheap" aka "silver-plated," alternative to demolition of Target Center and rebuilding from the ground up. Now, with $50 million cleaved from that already budget conscious scenario, sadly, the sign...
by writruth
February 5th, 2014, 12:17 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: LPM Apartments - (376' - 36 Stories)
Replies: 1522
Views: 232095

Re: LPM Apartments - (376' - 36 Stories)

LPM Apartments are sure to be an instant classic. Hope this fills quickly and the Chicago investors will act rapidly and build more downtown towers in the core or along Washington Avenue.
by writruth
February 4th, 2014, 1:23 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 353103

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

Alright…. Fingers crossed. C'mon. Something stunning is long, long overdue. Be bold developers. Take our collective breath away!
by writruth
January 23rd, 2014, 2:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Eclipse
Replies: 461
Views: 42214

Re: The Eclipse

I also think the dark color and gold trim provide a needed contrast to the lighter colored concrete and stone dominating so many of the other downtown buildings. This is a site that has crying out for development for the past 20 years and potentially marks an architectural counterpoint to the Whole ...
by writruth
January 22nd, 2014, 2:58 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package
Replies: 261
Views: 17551

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

Like Target Field, the new indoor stadium, I predict will be a jewel for Minneapolis, the region and the state. Having it anchor the eastern section of downtown has already proven itself a catalyst for future development. Following the Wells Fargo project, I think it's only a matter of time before a...
by writruth
January 13th, 2014, 12:01 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Vikings Stadium Legislation/Financing Package
Replies: 261
Views: 17551

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_24896 ... le-delayed

Any prolonged delays guarantee cost overruns which mean cuts to amenities at the new stadium.
by writruth
January 5th, 2014, 3:13 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations
Replies: 445
Views: 55808

Re: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations

With a bit of effort and vision, Minneapolis, geographically could be primed to remake itself, during the course of the next decade, into a thriving, "Upper Midwest Riviera" of sorts, offering year-round major league sporting events, world-class theater/arts, gaming, and leisure, targeting the thous...
by writruth
January 5th, 2014, 2:13 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 343
Views: 39142

Re: Intercity rail to Chicago

Seems very unlikely there will be any progress on true high-speed rail routing through Wisconsin while Gov. Scott Walker continues to hold office. He's consistently opposed millions in federal money to upgrade the Chicago to Minnesota route through his state. And yes, it's a shame we are not even pl...
by writruth
December 25th, 2013, 7:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 939
Views: 134087

Re: Downtown Office Market

Would love to see United Health invest in a modern, contemporary tower downtown. The company has the earnings power and will continue to have into the foreseeable future. Imagine a soaring 70-story flagship tower rising from the vacant plot of land on Nicollet across the street from The Library - a ...

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