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by Brenns
January 20th, 2016, 11:26 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 816
Views: 71618

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

This is a general observation, but what is with all the intense pro-tower sentiment? If appropriate, yes, a well-designed tower is great, but first and foremost a project should be appropriately sized to market demand and integrated into the existing neighborhood. Is there a massive shortage in offi...
by Brenns
September 15th, 2015, 3:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 581
Views: 63093

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

To anyone pointing in the direction of the Artist lofts for affordable housing, I suggest you look at the income requirements - the cap on income for a single person renting a ~$950/mo unit I believe is around 38K. I appreciate this project, but this model is NOT a panacea for any kind of widespread...
by Brenns
September 15th, 2015, 11:42 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 581
Views: 63093

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

The problem of affordable housing in most cases is not evil developers conspiring to keep prices high or whatever, but a simple lack of supply. No, it isn't that simple. The world doesn't work as it does in Econ 101. So what is another way? Asking honestly. We do have a demand problem, at least to ...
by Brenns
March 19th, 2015, 11:48 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 581
Views: 63093

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

Zoning can be a justification, not a reason in and of itself. Like anything legal, yes, zoning has reasoning behind it. People didn't just invent it for fun. But (back to the topic at hand), whether or not we think the church is justified or their argument is sound, it would be in the developer's b...
by Brenns
February 10th, 2015, 4:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 581
Views: 63093

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

Don't know what I was expecting, but the treatment of the street level seems very insensitive to the surrounding buildings. They've cleverly done the old trick of slapping some green on the Sketchup model on the Lady of Lourdes side, but that wall is going to be an enormous eyesore regardless, and ...
by Brenns
February 10th, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Montage (Nye's redevelopment) - 116 E Hennepin Avenue
Replies: 581
Views: 63093

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

Don't know what I was expecting, but the treatment of the street level seems very insensitive to the surrounding buildings. They've cleverly done the old trick of slapping some green on the Sketchup model on the Lady of Lourdes side, but that wall is going to be an enormous eyesore regardless, and i...
by Brenns
February 10th, 2015, 9:56 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1993
Views: 250575

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

The Duval project always seemed fishy to me. Yes, a gigantic tower at the end of Nicollet would be exciting, iconic, inspirational, etc, and the renderings presented the formal and material qualities of the building in a thoughtful way. But when it comes down to it, the sheer ambition of the project...
by Brenns
February 6th, 2015, 12:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Bickford and Steelcase - 515 3rd Street North
Replies: 70
Views: 6813

Re: Steelcase (525 3rd St N)

I am very curious to see how this project is executed - the SD renders show impossible floor thicknesses, neglect a ton of structure, and have no indications of the ceiling(or floor) plenums that will be required for HVAC and other systems. This thing is going to look a lot chunkier in the end, and ...
by Brenns
September 26th, 2014, 10:22 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Bickford and Steelcase - 515 3rd Street North
Replies: 70
Views: 6813

Re: Steelcase (525 3rd St N)

another julie snow winner. so her firm will have two of the most outside the box buildings in north loop. Looks like Snow/Kreilich is the AOR - schematic design is by a firm called LOT-EK Architecture, which I've never heard of. The container aesthetic seems to be their thing. Assuming they are doi...

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