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by nickmgray
January 27th, 2015, 11:01 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 Polonaise Room - 100 block of E Hennepin Avenue

This might be a stupid question, but why are there no project that are condo/rental? I know that the financial side of things changes based on the type of building it is, but why not build something and give people the option to rent of buy?

I'm sure I'm missing something that's very obvious.
by nickmgray
January 26th, 2015, 1:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Corner Apartments - (2nd St NE and 1st Ave NE)
Replies: 44
Views: 9783

Re: Corner Apartments - (2nd St NE and 1st Ave NE)

I was actually thinking the same thing. Hopefully they are rethinking their proposal since the market seems to be so hot right now. We have three major developments on this side of the river that are more than 10 floors, so why not build something taller and more dense here as well?
by nickmgray
January 26th, 2015, 11:44 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 Polonaise Room - 100 block of E Hennepin Avenue

No matter how this building is designed, it will always look "hulking" when compared to the holder buildings on the block. Keep in mind, this plot of land is only about 1/4 of a usual blog. Yes, we've only see a small corner of one of the design images, but I think they are doing a good job - especi...
by nickmgray
January 21st, 2015, 10:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Mill & Main - (501 Main Street Southeast)
Replies: 181
Views: 30163

Re: Mill & Main West - (425 Main Street Southeast)

All in all, the building looks OK, but I'm still not sure how the neighborhood wasn't able to influence how the building meets the street. There is nothing here that enhances the community since there's no retail component that will draw the community in.
by nickmgray
January 18th, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 617
Views: 101142

Re: Superior Plating site

Love the detail they've shared, but I was hoping for a deeper public space with the structure wrapping around it on three sides. It's nice that there will be a nice set back from the street, but the excess public art and landscaping really seems to close it off from the street.
by nickmgray
January 16th, 2015, 3:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 374
Views: 64149

Re: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)

There's a big difference between expanding to a new market with low brand recognition and moving into the heart of cities with smaller stores. The issue with Canada is that they were competing in a new market with nearly zero brand recognition. yes, people will stop by a new store to check it out, b...
by nickmgray
January 14th, 2015, 9:15 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: AC Marriott Hotel - 401 Hennepin Ave (Andrews Hotel site)
Replies: 353
Views: 55105

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

I understand the feeling of getting an inferior building when we see other proposals for the same brand in other cities, but who are we to judge? I know we care about the city and how buildings integrate into the surrounding neighborhood, but do we really think that the developers are simply trying ...
by nickmgray
January 13th, 2015, 9:15 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Demise of the Ice Castle
Replies: 9
Views: 2485

Re: The Demise of the Ice Castle

We actually have tickets and plan on going for the three year old's birthday next month. But to be clear, this shouldn't be compared to the old ice castles that have gone up. This is a private investor who builds ice castles in a few different cities each year. And they do just leave the hose on to ...
by nickmgray
January 13th, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: AC Marriott Hotel - 401 Hennepin Ave (Andrews Hotel site)
Replies: 353
Views: 55105

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

The reason we don't have any of the old hotels is because of the way old hotels were originally constructed. Hotels that were built in the early 1900s has very small rooms with low ceilings and only a few bathrooms per floor. This is why they were not preserved and converted to apartments or used fo...
by nickmgray
January 9th, 2015, 2:40 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)
Replies: 57
Views: 17290

Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

I'm excited to see this project get under way. It'll be nice to have one of these lots filled in and have more people living directly on University on this end of town.
by nickmgray
January 9th, 2015, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: AC Marriott Hotel - 401 Hennepin Ave (Andrews Hotel site)
Replies: 353
Views: 55105

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

I think what most people don't get is that developers want a need constructive criticism. If we're going to give feedback and talk about how we don't like the way the building meets the sidewalk or the choice in design materials we should do so by proposing subtle variations which make the project b...
by nickmgray
January 8th, 2015, 11:27 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Hiawatha-Minnehaha Development & RR Corridor/MinHi Line
Replies: 190
Views: 40789

Re: Hiawatha Avenue Grain Elevators & Freight Rail Corridor

There are a lot of bland conversions, but i think most of us here would be happy if they modeled the project after this https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6038/627 ... 4f44_n.jpg
by nickmgray
January 2nd, 2015, 3:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Hewing Hotel - 300 Washington Ave N (former IPR)
Replies: 65
Views: 18063

Re: Jackson Building Hotel (Former IPR) - 300 Washington Ave

It looks like they are going to do an amazing job on this project. Can't wait to see how the building in brought back to life. It'll be nice having a boutique hotel on this end of downtown.
by nickmgray
December 23rd, 2014, 2:53 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Fiber Internet and TV Services, Cord Cutting
Replies: 642
Views: 29228

Re: Minneapolis Fiber

Wow. I really wasn't expecting an announcement like that. There's really no need for those speeds, but they could come in handy if you're running a small business and have 15-20 people on the same network. But it would still be overkill. I know a few people who would be willing to pay the $400/month...
by nickmgray
December 22nd, 2014, 3:33 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1993
Views: 253268

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

Even if that was their reasoning, I don't think they'd actually say that. And has there been any proof that it's city officials actually preventing anything from being taller? It seems like developers are the ones who keep IDS sacrosanct more so than the city. There's a reason that our three tall b...
by nickmgray
December 22nd, 2014, 12:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Mozaic (all phases)
Replies: 581
Views: 72941

Re: Mozaic

I would think there must be a better reason than just another offer. I am sure Code42 signed a contract with Ackerberg and I doubt they breached their contract just because they got another offer. Doubtful. Breaching a contract simply means there's a penalty to pay. If they have another offer on th...
by nickmgray
December 22nd, 2014, 11:23 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Nord Haus - 315 1st Ave NE (208' - 20 Stories)
Replies: 617
Views: 101142

Re: Superior Plating site

Same here. I think someone added an extra zero at the end and everyone in the media has simply reprinted the original number without questioning it. I think 10 shops is a good number of this development. Most projects that do have retail at street level only have 2-3. If/when this project gets built...
by nickmgray
December 22nd, 2014, 9:59 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Minneapolis Skyway System
Replies: 517
Views: 65893

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

I'm all for the skyway being open later, but I don't think there's much incentive for many of the businesses to stay open late. Yes, it would be nice for those who live downtown or work afternoon of evening shifts, but there's simply not enough demand to make it financially feasible. Let's not forge...
by nickmgray
December 22nd, 2014, 9:43 am
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

This is great news. I'm a bit surprised that Trader Joes would choose this side of downtown, but I guess the other affluent corners on the downtown area already have grocery stores. I'd imagine this store will get a lot more car traffic than most other grocery stores that are close to downtown since...
by nickmgray
December 21st, 2014, 4:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Five15 on the Park - 515 15th Avenue South
Replies: 187
Views: 40323

Re: Five15 on the Park - 515 15th Avenue South

Late Spring is memory serves me right. We should probably see marketing materials and a website pop up after the first of the year. It's not a high-visibility project, but the developers shouldn't have any issues filling the building due to its location.

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