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by nickmgray
April 8th, 2015, 10:47 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 512
Views: 75457

Re: Mayo Clinic Square

Do the plans call for any changes to the central portion of the building that faces the Target Center (mainly, the section above the hotel entrance). It looks completely out of place with the exterior design of the rest of the building.
by nickmgray
April 2nd, 2015, 8:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Portland Tower - 516 S. 8th St.
Replies: 321
Views: 60429

Re: Portland Tower - 516 S. 8th St.

I think this building will do just fine. Due to the location, it'll take some time for the higher prices units to sell, but they will sell. Keep in mind, the Sexton had a dozen or so units priced over half a million. No reason why those would sell and not these.
by nickmgray
March 30th, 2015, 2:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S
Replies: 407
Views: 74010

Re: Thresher Square Hotel & Washington/Chicago Apartments

I do complain about design from time to time, but I honestly don't think it makes a difference unless it's a building that truly stands out and is intended to be a center point for the neighborhood. In this case, the building's main feature is its retail tenant. It could be the ugliest building in t...
by nickmgray
March 20th, 2015, 9:18 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 4Marq - 400 Marquette Ave (313' - 30 Stories)
Replies: 835
Views: 154037

Re: 4Marq - (313' - 30 Stories)

I don't see this as an issue. Units will pay their fair share. if the cost of heating was shared across the entire building, monthly rents would go up and people would still have to pay for it.
by nickmgray
March 20th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Capella Tower - 225 South 6th St
Replies: 66
Views: 14993

Re: Capella Tower - 225 South 6th St

That's pretty impressive. Wasn't aware that they were adding their own staircase between their floors. I think this is a great move for the star tribune and will allow the different print and digital teams to work better together. A fitting space for a newspaper that's focused on stayng relevant in ...
by nickmgray
March 17th, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nordic House - 729 Washington Av N
Replies: 313
Views: 54130

Re: 729 Washington Av N

Personally, I think it's amazing how the city would even consider the construction of a stand alone parking structure when they limit the number of parking sports that developer can include in their buildings. Why have rules in place if there's such a massive loophole. Isn't the point of limited par...
by nickmgray
March 17th, 2015, 7:07 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fiber Internet and TV Services, Cord Cutting
Replies: 642
Views: 29228

Re: Minneapolis Cable Television

seanrichardryan wrote:Is $13 a month really a luxury?
Not when people are paying $50 for cellphone service.
by nickmgray
March 17th, 2015, 7:03 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 581
Views: 63551

Re: Nye's Redevelopment - 100 block of E Hennepin Avenue

If this is the biggest issue that could keep the building from being built, the developer needs to work with the church to come up with a solution. The church's complain isn't that the building shouldn't be built, it's that the construction process may cause damage to the historic church. All that's...
by nickmgray
March 10th, 2015, 9:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Legacy Condominiums - 121 12th Ave S (187' - 17 Stories)
Replies: 209
Views: 34635

Re: Stanton Condo Project - 121 12th Ave S

Also interesting that this is being sold by an insurance company, how did they come in possession of it? I wonder if they bought it as an investment? Riversource is Ameriprise's Insurance brand, but I'm not totally sure that the building it owned by Ameriprise. The building is used by Cenveo, a pri...
by nickmgray
March 9th, 2015, 2:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Legacy Condominiums - 121 12th Ave S (187' - 17 Stories)
Replies: 209
Views: 34635

Re: Stanton Condo Project - 121 12th Ave S

The difference is that other developers are not willing to finance the construction of a condo project on their own. Anyone know why? I'm sure all the other developers have the cash to spare, but they probably don't like the idea of tying up that much of their own cash in a project for 2-4 years.
by nickmgray
March 3rd, 2015, 11:38 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Plant Redevelopment [archive - locked]
Replies: 124
Views: 34044

Re: Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant Redevelopment

I think we need a little diversity in height, but I don't think the area really needs anything higher than 15-20 floors.
by nickmgray
March 3rd, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul's East Side
Replies: 21
Views: 4395

Re: More East Side Businesses

That's great news. I live about 2 miles away and we're really pleased with the recent changes to Payne. The neighborhood is still a bit sketchy at times, but that should change over time as more businesses move into the area. The two buildings that have been purchased have a lot of character. Can't ...
by nickmgray
February 25th, 2015, 9:36 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fiber Internet and TV Services, Cord Cutting
Replies: 642
Views: 29228

Re: Minneapolis Cable Television

Getting the franchise agreement must also give them more access to laying fiber. Yes, they could technically offer the TV service over the internet, but most people in Minneapolis still get their internet from Comcast. There wouldn't be much incentive for customers to pay Comcast for Internet and Ce...
by nickmgray
February 24th, 2015, 8:27 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fiber Internet and TV Services, Cord Cutting
Replies: 642
Views: 29228

Re: Minneapolis Cable Television

Prism is an IPTV service, but it works just like Cable of Google Fiber's TV service. The only difference between Comcast and an CenturyLink's TV services is that they are passed over different wires. Here's a good link which compares the two types of services. http://electronicdesign.com/ios/iptv-vs...
by nickmgray
February 23rd, 2015, 12:08 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Plant Redevelopment [archive - locked]
Replies: 124
Views: 34044

Re: Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant Redevelopment

Thanks for sharing the grid. I think the best option would be to stick with the grid, but use all the blocks for high-density residential and office space with the exception for one to use used as a neighborhood park/plaza for community events. By high-density, I'm thinking 3-5 story buildings mixed...
by nickmgray
February 20th, 2015, 8:40 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 382
Views: 53522

Re: 10th & Marquette Development

The only issue I have whit this development is the townhomes. The images I saw at first got me excited because it looked like it was going to be retail lining the street, but that's not the case. Yes, the checked pattern certainly isn't for everyone, but I'm willing to give that a pass if the develo...
by nickmgray
February 13th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1077
Views: 164409

Re: Downtown Restaurant News

With the transformation of Block E across the street, it may be the right time for a chain restaurant to move in. As much as I hate to downtown's that are filled with dozens of chain restaurants, we've lost nearly all of our in the past 10 years. We used to have a TGI Fridays, Applebee'ss and Chevy'...
by nickmgray
February 13th, 2015, 8:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Center
Replies: 388
Views: 54976

Re: City Center

The reason Saks will take a lot longer to move in is because they can't start any work until the current tenants move to their new locations. It'll probably be mid summer before the two restaurants are set up on the other side on the second floor. I have a feeling that the side entrance will be rewo...
by nickmgray
February 12th, 2015, 2:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: 700 Central Avenue Northeast Apartments
Replies: 123
Views: 25620

Re: 700 Central Avenue Northeast Apartments

Seems like they may be planning to so this in different phases or have simply given up on the new construction portion of the project. I'd hate to see them renovate the old buildings and not build anything on the empty lot right next to it. Seems like a waste of land - especially when this side of t...
by nickmgray
February 12th, 2015, 2:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Portland Tower - 516 S. 8th St.
Replies: 321
Views: 60429

Re: Portland Tower - 516 S. 8th St.

back on topic....

What type of retail would you like to see go in on the ground floor of the building. Looks like it's not that large of a space. The obvious choices are a coffee shop or convenience store. I honestly don't think the space would get leased until something goes in across the street,

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