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by alexschief
November 15th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4327
Views: 370995

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

This "victory" means that we will probably never have useful rail transit in the southwestern quarter of the city. It may be unlikely that SW Minneapolis will ever have a rail route direct to downtown, but the stalled (but essential) Midtown Rail concept would provide really useful crosstown servic...
by alexschief
November 14th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1782
Views: 196195

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

Or just have people walk outside for a couple years.
by alexschief
November 14th, 2018, 10:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1782
Views: 196195

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'

I want to commend the Planning Commission for their thoughtful and honest discussion about this deeply compromised project last night. It's not fair to the commission or to the city that this project has been allowed to come to this stage, where it needs to move quickly through regulatory approvals ...
by alexschief
November 14th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 5 Story Retail + Apartment - Chicago & 809 E Lake St
Replies: 6
Views: 1829

Re: 5 Story Retail + Apartment - Chicago & 809 E Lake St

Five stories, studio apartments (the packet says 450-500 square feet, CM Cano says these units will rent for $2.80/ft2???), limited surface parking and no structured parking, retail ground floor, on East Lake? The prices quoted in CM Cano's post are difficult to justify/believe. I have a hard time b...
by alexschief
November 11th, 2018, 6:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1568
Views: 244261

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

This week's Planning Commission submissions:

Outside Downtown —
Units: 243

Parking Spaces: 125
Ratio: 0.514 park/unit

Bike Parking Spaces: 244
Ratio: 1.00 bike park/unit

Downtown —
Units: 1082

Parking Spaces: 991
Ratio: 0.915 park/unit

Bike Parking Spaces: 806
Ratio: .745 bike park/unit
by alexschief
November 9th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site
Replies: 1021
Views: 116264

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site

This is a great evolution for the site, I'm glad Ryan are giving up on the office. The Commons needs, more than anything, to be walled in by residential, like Central Park in New York or Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. We might have to wait for the next development cycle to get Hennepin Co. to m...
by alexschief
November 8th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills
Replies: 79
Views: 12156

Re: Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP site) - Arden Hills

My development proposal for this site is to plant trees everywhere. Just because there is a large vacant piece of land doesn't mean it needs to become a master planned development. The location of this site has never made much sense for the kinds of uses they were proposing, and it's a development m...
by alexschief
November 2nd, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 32
Views: 1335

Re: Ford Site Redevelopment

Intentional segregation is a pretty obvious place to draw a line, it doesn't reflect well on Ryan that they pitched this.
by alexschief
October 29th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: E Line Arterial BRT
Replies: 52
Views: 2822

Re: E Line ABRT

Not having the E Line on the entire Route 6 between Southdale and Stadium Village would be a huge mistake. That would be like the D Line only operating between downtown and Chicago & Lake. In addition to whether it operates on France or Xerxes I also wonder: -If its routed on France does it take a ...
by alexschief
October 23rd, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 684
Views: 62065

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

That the stadium might remain amidst a sea of "temporary" surface lots is one of my great fears. That said, there is a master plan for development and a master developer (Mortenson) already selected. It's in nobody's financial interest to keep the rest of the site undeveloped. I'm overall optimistic...
by alexschief
October 18th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Bicycle Infrastructure
Replies: 1495
Views: 132009

Re: Bicycle Infrastructure

EOst wrote:
October 18th, 2018, 6:50 am
Lasalle is excellent news. Is it the full missing link from Grant to Franklin? Just a few years ago the protected bikeway analysis said "lane removal is not feasible."
"lane removal is not feasible" is a state of mind
by alexschief
October 12th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: 2924 Bryant Ave S, 86 units
Replies: 7
Views: 623

Re: 2924 Bryant Ave S, 86 units

The CoW should demand more bicycle parking. Only 40 long term bike parking spaces for 86 units is not a good look for a building just a short roll from the Midtown Greenway.
by alexschief
October 12th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Ford Site Redevelopment
Replies: 32
Views: 1335

Re: Ford Plant Redevelopment - Highland Park

Reimagine the Railway: Studying New Uses for the Ford Spur https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/planning/current-activities/reimagine-railway-studying-new You look at the Spur and how close it gets to the airport and you wonder why it isn’t the number one option for the ...
by alexschief
October 11th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 157
Views: 20970

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

You're right, they're bundling some of the office parking into it. That mollifies me... slightly. But only slightly. It's still an obscene 2.38 spaces per residential unit. Every applicant to the PC or CoW with structured parking should be challenged to eliminate one full level. I guarantee no futur...
by alexschief
October 11th, 2018, 7:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'
Replies: 157
Views: 20970

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 48 stories / 550'

The 3.4 parking spaces per unit is giving me an aneurysm. I know wealthy people own a lot of cars, but that ratio seems absolutely insane.
by alexschief
October 10th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 503'
Replies: 1782
Views: 196195

Re: Gateway Tower (RBC/Four Seasons) - 35ish stories - ~500'

"Iconic" doesn't need to mean "gimmicky."
by alexschief
September 18th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 179
Views: 15025

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

MinnPost has a review of some of the changes. Essentially, the lowest category of zoning will now be triplexes, but fourplexes will be allowed on lots 40' wide or larger, which is... most of them? There's a decent ADA-related reason for this change, and it seems to have bought the plan some good pr...
by alexschief
September 14th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 240 Park Ave S - Zygi's Apartments - 18 stories - 188'
Replies: 34
Views: 5463

Re: 240 Park Ave S - Zygi's Apartments

This building is 187'. Washington Avenue right-of-way is 120' wide. The ratio is about 1.5:1, which is totally appropriate.
by alexschief
September 14th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N
Replies: 131
Views: 12891

Re: North Loop Development (Not West Elm Hotel & Condos) - 102-120 1st Street N

I might like this proposal better if the demarcations between the floors didn't make this look like a supersized three and a half story building. But that's not the only thing bothering me. I don't understand the recessed center section at all, it's going to feel like a massive void. The parking/uni...
by alexschief
September 13th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 480
Views: 90384

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

I know there's perpetual concern about the diminished state of office in downtown St. Paul, but the even bigger problem is the lack of people who live there. Converting some of the older office to residential makes a lot of sense, especially as new, smaller and more unique offices, like the old Wool...

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