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by sanguinic
March 10th, 2016, 5:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Westminster Church
Replies: 194
Views: 22100

Re: Westminster Church

railbaronyarr: Thanks for your response. I agree, church exemption from property taxes to the city is bad policy. But how do you get around the First Amendment? (I suppose that's a discussion that doesn't belong on urbanmsp.) amiller92: Thanks for your response. I'm with you on the housing/surface p...
by sanguinic
March 10th, 2016, 4:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Westminster Church
Replies: 194
Views: 22100

Re: Westminster Church

I guess if you like dead plazas, 230 new parking spaces, the loss of office space in our downtown, and the loss of almost $350k in annual property taxes, this is totally the project for you. railbarronyarr, here's how I interpret your comment: (Tax-exempt) institutions such as churches do not belon...
by sanguinic
February 15th, 2016, 4:41 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152640

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

The Nicollet Mall thread is locked, so I'll post this here, a handy set of Pavergate before/after images from James Corner, via MinnPost:

https://www.minnpost.com/politics-polic ... -redesigns
by sanguinic
January 21st, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1731
Views: 282596

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Really great b&w images of downtown Minneapolis in 1960, and their contemporary counterparts, at the Star Tribune:

http://www.startribune.com/gallery-minn ... 5689941/#1
by sanguinic
January 15th, 2016, 2:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Revel / Target Store- 1300 West Lake St
Replies: 195
Views: 24275

Re: Lake & Fremont Apartments (Cheapo site) - 1300 West Lake

Agreed with Fishmanpet: The Dinkytown Target is terrific, and there's always (free) parking in the adjacent, easy-to-access ramp. The store is larger than the Highland store, and therefore has a wider, more user-friendly inventory. And I've never been there when it hasn't been busy, another great si...
by sanguinic
November 7th, 2015, 7:04 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Once and Future Dayton's
Replies: 274
Views: 40341

Dayton's, now Macy's

The former Dayton's building, now Macy's, is the subject of this week's Star Tribune Streetscapes:
http://www.startribune.com/streetscapes ... 1830901/#1
by sanguinic
October 1st, 2015, 8:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 95761

Strib tunnels

I wasn't aware of a tunnel under Park, although there could have been one. I was in the tunnel under Portland in late March, it was used to deliver materials to the presses when the printing plant occupied the basement, first and second floors of the building. I didn't know that it existed until tha...
by sanguinic
August 26th, 2015, 8:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet
Replies: 539
Views: 81394

Re: Xcel Energy HQ - 401 Nicollet

That precast concrete could not look any more dreary and low-budget. What a disappointment.
by sanguinic
August 2nd, 2015, 4:22 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363486

Re: Downtown East (Ryan Companies / Wells Fargo / Radisson R

The demolition fence is going up around the old Star and Tribune building. The wrecking ball should arrive soon.
by sanguinic
July 19th, 2015, 7:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: AC Marriott Hotel - 401 Hennepin Ave (Andrews Hotel site)
Replies: 353
Views: 54855

Re: AC Marriott Hotel (401 Hennepin Ave / Andrews Hotel site

Drove past the site today (I'd post a picture, but that's not easy to do on this forum). The usual banners are up on the chain link fence that surrounds the construction site (contractor name, hotel logo, that kind of thing), but none bear an image of the project. That's never a good sign, right? To...
by sanguinic
June 24th, 2015, 8:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 384
Views: 53167

Re: City Center

You're right, Wedgeguy: Donaldson's occupied the entire Nicollet Mall front, and the store went all the way back to the City Center atrium, and it occupied the basement and all three above-ground floors. The 7th/Nicollet street entrance opened into the men's casual clothing department, and I'm fairl...
by sanguinic
May 31st, 2015, 11:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363486

Re: Downtown East Project (Ryan Companies / Wells Fargo)

The framework for the 5th Avenue skyway, connecting the Haaf parking ramp with the northern WF twin, went up this weekend.
by sanguinic
May 27th, 2015, 7:53 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363486

Re: Downtown East Project (Ryan Companies / Wells Fargo)

A medallion from the Star and Tribune building made an appearance this morning when the plastic covering it blew away. It's on the Wells Fargo twin that's a little less further along in the construction process, the one bounded by Portland, Park, 4th and 3rd.
by sanguinic
May 19th, 2015, 8:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 59253

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

The money-grubbing on this project truly knows no bounds. Despite their ka-jillion dollar publicly funded budget, the Vikings are asking fans to pitch in hundreds of dollars for a tacky commemorative tile to appear, well, they're not saying. Really? (Oh, and they're not allowing the mention of any r...
by sanguinic
April 23rd, 2015, 2:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 109989

Re: 360 Nicollet - (Opus Ritz block)

The sameness of this project, the Xcel office building and the NIc on Fifth, all Opus projects, is not unlike the sameness of the three blocks further south on NIcollet between 8th and 11th (the US Bank Building and the Target buildings, all the work of Ryan) a consequence of having the same develop...
by sanguinic
April 16th, 2015, 1:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 384
Views: 53167

Re: City Center

In the dodging-the-bullet department, re City Center:
https://twitter.com/RickNelsonStrib/sta ... 8722246656
by sanguinic
April 15th, 2015, 10:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363486

Re: Downtown East Project (Ryan Companies / Wells Fargo)

An evergreen attached to a girder was being hoisted to the top of the east Wells Fargo tower this morning, around 9:30 a.m.
by sanguinic
February 9th, 2015, 8:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 363486

Re: Downtown East Project (Ryan Companies / Wells Fargo)

The Minnesota limestone on the 4th Street side is fine. Handsome, even. The precast concrete that will cover the vast majority of those two towers is pretty dreadful. The city deserves better.
by sanguinic
February 5th, 2015, 7:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165462

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

The jackhammers in the former Saks store were removing the street level's tile floor. What is to become of the store's third and fourth floors? Office space, like the rest of Gaviidae?
by sanguinic
February 4th, 2015, 10:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Plaza (former Gaviidae II)
Replies: 106
Views: 18158

Re: RBC Plaza / Gaviidae II renovation

I walked through this morning, and meh. The way-too-patterned floors and some of the decorative elements from the original early-90s buildout remain, and they don't look good. (I love that sculpture, too; it was originally in the RBC Tower lobby).

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