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by BigIdeasGuy
June 11th, 2018, 4:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 247874

Re: Gateway Tower (Four Seasons/RBC) - 43 stories - 513'

Maybe the city can get a nice vertical piece of public art to straddle the valet entrance to the garage in an attempt to hide it.
by BigIdeasGuy
June 11th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Hotel News
Replies: 233
Views: 60124

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

I wonder if this could be reviving a Century Plaza / convention center development. Please, please, please let this be the case, it makes almost too much sense. Hollow it out by taking out the parking ramp in the center and build a nice glassy tower growing out of that. Use the current building as ...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 7th, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 247874

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

I get what they were going for and I really like it in concept but it just doesn't work for some reason. It reminds me of the Wells Fargo Tower with the vertical ribs breaking up the glass facade. I guess it isn't elegant enough to pull it off maybe if it was a few stories tall (I'm not just saying ...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 7th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 28044

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

The apartment building is positively great but the hotel is still pretty rough. Sherman definitely needs go back and figure out a better cladding than what they currently have. The hotels street level facing Portland needs some work as well, the meeting room at 7th and Portland not a coffee shop is ...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 7th, 2018, 2:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 211
Views: 24440

Re: Arby’s Island

Woof. Outside of kinda cool curved wall following Lagoon there is exactly zero to be really excited about in this project. The first floor has a bunch of doors but who is going to want to live at street level facing Lake St, at least they have private terraces I guess. The retail at Lake and Lagoon ...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 6th, 2018, 8:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 211
Views: 24440

Re: Arby’s Island

1. Reuter Walton built WaHu in Stadium Village, it doesn't have curved walls but is over 6 stories. 2. Realistically we all knew that this was going to be a 5 over 1 building from the beginning and just dreaming about something bigger/better. To me the problem is that there is no better piece of rea...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 6th, 2018, 8:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 617
Views: 99789

Re: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)

I'm totally fine with this new plan happening but if it ends up dying on the vine, especially the 6 story portion, I won't complain.
by BigIdeasGuy
June 1st, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 746
Views: 80530

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I've said from the beginning the stadium success or failure over the long term is going to be judged not by the how many people it draws but what is developed around it. What the site really needs is an anchor tenant that would bring a few thousand employees to the site Monday to Friday and that wou...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 24th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 110155

Re: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)

If I remember correctly in some filing Opus said they are looking at 2 options to fill the second half of the block. The first being a twin to the current building and the second being a 20 story office building. I would love if they did a 20 story office building that covered 2/3 of the remaining l...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 18th, 2018, 5:48 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 746
Views: 80530

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

On my way home today I stopped by the stadium and looked around so here is a quick update. Spoiler alert it's going up fast The roof structure is basically complete, there are 2 or 3 crossbeams left to be installed and that's it. The roof its self isn't far behind. There are 6 more section of white ...
by BigIdeasGuy
May 3rd, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 247874

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

Did anyone ask why they only building 3 stories of condos?
by BigIdeasGuy
March 26th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 746
Views: 80530

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I'm surprised something is going back into the Perkins. I was assuming it was going to be demolished to make way for the green space between the stadium and University. Between the Big Top in the Perkins location and the McDonalds there is boing to be little to no connection between the LRT stop and...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 26th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 552
Views: 88761

Re: University of Minnesota - General Topics & Development Map

Side note and this really isn't a criticism of just M Health but why are hospitals so terrible at master planning? I can't think of a single one in the entire metro that doesn't seem just tossed together with random architectural styles that don't fit together in any logical way.
by BigIdeasGuy
March 9th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1992
Views: 247874

Re: United Properties / Four Seasons "Gateway" Project (Nicollet Hotel Block)

I still don't love this project. I wish it had another 10 or 15 stories of condos which seems totally doable given recent activity within the city. That's what I don't get, it's great that there are 3 stories of condos. But looking at it I have a hard time seeing how 3 stories make more sense finan...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 9th, 2018, 7:06 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Municipally-financed Waterpark at MOA - Bloomington
Replies: 24
Views: 1081

Re: Municipally-financed Waterpark at MOA - Bloomington

I've always wondered why LRT didn't run right down the middle of Lindau Ln, have a below grade transit hub right in front of the mall then turn north up toward IKEA where it could use a parking lot to turn around. It really made sense to me a few years ago when they were redoing the area. Plus it wo...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 8th, 2018, 12:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 256
Views: 46226

Re: Ryan Condo Tower - 1111 West River Parkway

As far as the Padilla building goes, Ryan still owns it, and they mentioned that they're working on legally attaching its air rights to the condo tower to preserve its downtown views. Which makes sense, but is a little disappointing. I wouldn't expect another tower directly adjacent to this one or ...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 8th, 2018, 11:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 28044

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

I hope the city pushes Sherman to flip the hotel and residential projects so the housing is along Portland and the hotel is along 5th. There has clearly been an effort over the last decade+ to line Portland with residential projects on each side from Grant Park and Skyscape all the way down to Mill ...
by BigIdeasGuy
February 26th, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: New Vikings Headquarters Development - Eagan
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: New Vikings Headquarters Development - Eagan

I don't think the team has announced anything, but I would imagine the Wilf's will redevelop it. They own about 15 acres and that's a prime corner for an decently sized office building or two.
by BigIdeasGuy
February 24th, 2018, 6:40 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: 2024 Olympic Bid?
Replies: 128
Views: 11579

Re: 2024 Olympic Bid?

We would have to build an indoor long track speed staking venue as well. Although if it's designed and planned well the facility could become a long term community asset and not a white elephant.
by BigIdeasGuy
February 18th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Arby’s Island
Replies: 211
Views: 24440

Re: Arby’s Island

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