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by Snelbian
June 13th, 2013, 9:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Vintage (Selby and Snelling)
Replies: 136
Views: 38990

Re: Selby and Snelling

On Tuesday the developer at Snelling and Selby met with the district council and neighbors to give us the latest. 200 market rate apartments and one single ground floor retail tenant in a building on the NE corner of the Snelby intersection. He didn't mention a grocery store this time, but it seems ...
by Snelbian
June 13th, 2013, 9:26 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: CHS Field (St. Paul Saints Ballpark)
Replies: 272
Views: 50666

Re: Saints Lowertown Ballpark

I really like the grass slopes in the outfield. It really helps preserve the casual minor league feel, and looks like it could be a really fun spot to watch a game from.
by Snelbian
June 12th, 2013, 10:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: Opus Dinkytown Project - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE

No, it was Snelbian's post that seemed to imply that Dinkytown might be better off without the Varsity mucking things up. I don't know if that's what he meant or not, but it's such an absurd idea, frankly, that it's not even worth talking about beyond this post. My point before was just that you pa...
by Snelbian
June 11th, 2013, 4:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: Opus Dinkytown Project - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE

I think it's a catch-22 on the current businesses claiming they need the existing parking given the fact that there's not enough population to support their business without it. The Opus and UTEC site developments drastically change that, and building another 1-2 stories up above would only help th...
by Snelbian
June 11th, 2013, 11:36 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Snelling and University TOD: "SmartSite Redevelopment"
Replies: 77
Views: 11509

Re: Snelling and University

There's always the Snelling Commons option. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=snelling%20station%20plan&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stpaul.gov%2FDocumentView.aspx%3FDID%3D7501&ei=9l-3UaD0B4mEygHW44CAAQ&usg=AFQjCNETqlTbImCE7mfUZaHg3KZ-zl4Qnw&sig2=JeD7BIUytsuZ1U0ix...
by Snelbian
June 11th, 2013, 11:25 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Institutional Anti-Urbanism
Replies: 38
Views: 2935

Re: Institutional Anti-Urbanism

Snark is evidently lazier than strawmen.

I love freedom of choice. If only I could choose not to subsidize freeway capacity to third tier suburbs that I'll never use...
by Snelbian
June 10th, 2013, 7:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: Opus Dinkytown Project - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE

But where would they park? A block away from their destination? Two? Won't somebody think of the children, etc. etc. The current uproar isn't only about Book House and The Podium. There are plenty of complaints that parking will be reduced (which it won't, but whatever) and somehow nobody will be ab...
by Snelbian
June 10th, 2013, 7:02 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Snelling and University TOD: "SmartSite Redevelopment"
Replies: 77
Views: 11509

Re: Snelling and University

The building is attached to a large drive-thru awning which I would think will be removed since drug stores and offices don't tend to need four or five lanes. Which means more empty surface lot on the single busiest corner in the city and at a major light rail stop. While the building may be nice (I...
by Snelbian
June 10th, 2013, 6:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: Opus Dinkytown Project - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE

If we didn't have parking minimums we could do that same kind of small scale development. Just put a parking overlay district on those 4 blocks and require 0 parking and let developers go nuts. You'll see this shitty 1 story buildings replace with 2 or 3 story buildings in the same footprint in a f...
by Snelbian
June 10th, 2013, 6:56 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Vintage (Selby and Snelling)
Replies: 136
Views: 38990

Re: Selby and Snelling

That's why the neighbors wanted the driveway closed (well, one of the reasons). But I've been told that MNDoT's reason to shift it was due to some sort of traffic flow concern, that cars wouldn't be "backing out" onto Snelling.
by Snelbian
June 9th, 2013, 10:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: Opus Dinkytown Project - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE

The Al's line has been around since this all started, and Save Dinkytown hasn't done much, if anything, to quash it. If nothing else it's an indication of how diseased Dinkytown is at the moment. People hear something is changing in Dinkytown and the only place they can remember visiting there is Al...
by Snelbian
June 9th, 2013, 8:24 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Snelling and University TOD: "SmartSite Redevelopment"
Replies: 77
Views: 11509

Re: Snelling and University

The building is staying, apparently. What a wasted opportunity.

http://finance-commerce.com/transit/201 ... still-tbd/
by Snelbian
June 9th, 2013, 8:22 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Vintage (Selby and Snelling)
Replies: 136
Views: 38990

Re: Selby and Snelling

And on the topic of traffic on Snelling, here's MNDoT's study and plan from a couple months ago. Appendix D is where it starts getting interesting. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projec ... report.pdf
by Snelbian
June 9th, 2013, 8:16 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Vintage (Selby and Snelling)
Replies: 136
Views: 38990

Re: Selby and Snelling

I suspect there are three primary reasons retrofitting won't be happening here. First, turning a bank into a grocery store sounds like a recipe for a messed up grocery store. Second, the new building will be covering a much larger portion of the block bordered by Dayton, Snelling, and Selby. As in, ...
by Snelbian
June 9th, 2013, 7:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: House of Hanson Site - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)

And the saddest sort of alumni are terrified of not being able to drive through Dinkytown after hockey games and pretend that it's still 1963. I guess I fall into that category. I'm not opposed to this development (I think that UTEC is much, much more problematic for a few reasons), but I do get co...
by Snelbian
June 7th, 2013, 7:09 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: House of Hanson Site - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)

I think the terror is largely from three sources, each affecting one of three groups. Business owners are terrified about the prospect of paying competitive rents in new buildings. A set of students are terrified about chains, corporations, and any shop that doesn't source all of its products from p...
by Snelbian
May 19th, 2013, 1:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Armory
Replies: 361
Views: 50957

Re: Minneapolis Armory

I think we need to stop trying gimmicky things and focus on uses for buildings and spaces that enhance the businesses and residents in the area. A water park is mostly a gimmick in that it is a blatant tourist draw and not an everyday amenity for anyone living there. Challenges: 1) Turning the Armo...
by Snelbian
May 15th, 2013, 1:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Venue at Dinkytown - (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)
Replies: 568
Views: 53271

Re: House of Hanson Site (14th Avenue SE & 5th Street SE)

Strangely, back in February The Podium was sounding confident they'd just move elsewhere while The Book House was talking like it was the end. But, yeah, given the number of places The Podium could have relocated to in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, this seems like it's probably just a good excuse for ...
by Snelbian
May 9th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 64634

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

That seems like a pretty arbitrary distinction.
by Snelbian
May 9th, 2013, 9:14 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 288591

Re: Green Line (Central)

If it happens that will be a very welcome change. It seems that every time the topic of new developments on transit lines and pedestrian-heavy areas comes up in Saint Paul, that CVS is brought up as the prime example of what not to do.

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