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by Aville_37
May 19th, 2014, 6:54 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165609

Re: Downtown Retail News

Have it on good authority that the loon fountain and fountain on the ground floor in Gaviidae are going to be removed due to rusty piping. Ugh. Also - I noticed that City Center added a nice new sign at the skyway entrance when you're crossing rom Gaviidae.
by Aville_37
May 17th, 2014, 3:16 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 110047

Re: Opus Ritz Block Development

Having recently moved back from Chicago I for one can tell you only a handful of new residential buildings there are all that cutting edge or unique, especially in the surrounding neighborhoods. Many are the same cookie-cutter designs being used over and over again. Aqua is an exception.
by Aville_37
May 17th, 2014, 10:19 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 511
Views: 74714

Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

It looks ugly and depressing. Even worse than the original and that's hard to do. It could be worse by being black which is oppressive. I would have to disagree that it's not worse than the original. It definitely does need a splash of something though. Hopefully the retail/dining establishments wi...
by Aville_37
May 16th, 2014, 3:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 511
Views: 74714

Re: Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E)

Nice. I just wish they would divide up some of those available spaces but I know they are aiming for office tenants. But even the dining/retail spaces seem pretty large.

So - are they not going to replace the skyway to Target Center?
by Aville_37
May 16th, 2014, 3:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165609

Re: Downtown Retail News

writruth wrote:The Gap and Banana Republic both need to open as stand-alone stores along Nicollet. Add an H&M, a Nike Flagship store and an Apple Store and presto-wammo, we'll have a real retail corridor.

Me like! Come on - there have to be some retail stores willing to take a chance on moving back downtown!
by Aville_37
May 16th, 2014, 1:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 110047

Re: Opus Ritz Block Development

Will also have to save my judgment until the final design is released. Not too excited about the design so far, especially at what I can make out of the design for street-level.
by Aville_37
May 16th, 2014, 1:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165609

Re: Downtown Retail News

Someone really has to get on mgt. for IDS as well - both Banana and The Gap need to do better window dressing facing Nicollet. Seems half of the windows are now opaque obviously being used for storage.
by Aville_37
May 14th, 2014, 6:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165609

Re: Downtown Retail News

I see interior renovations are underway at RBC Plaza (former Gaviidae). Anyone have any insights into what the interior will look like? Also - I hear that Presence (the gift store) is relocating to the first floor. Keeping my fingers crossed more retail starts moving back into downtown. I just found...
by Aville_37
May 14th, 2014, 6:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152756

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

Be interesting to see how feasible it is to keep the fire pits. I am still upset the fireplaces in the downtown library never have been turned on.
by Aville_37
May 14th, 2014, 6:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152756

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

Not really keen on the need to rename the Mall either. I do like the theater in the round seating and other seating areas and new bus shelters. For the new design to really work - all depends on keeping the Mall spaces active and adjoining building owners to improve/activate storefronts facing Nicol...
by Aville_37
May 13th, 2014, 7:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Center Renovation
Replies: 463
Views: 70362

Re: Target Center Renovation

I think it looks really cool and will be a very nice complement to Target Field and Mayo Clinic Square. But it's pretty clear I'm in the minority on this site... I like the increased glass, the new texture of the metal panels, and the darker look. I think it's a HUGE improvement over the current co...
by Aville_37
May 13th, 2014, 9:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165609

Re: Downtown Retail News

LakeCharles wrote:
Aville_37 wrote:I wish the Children's Museum was still located downtown.
The Children's Museum still is located downtown, just in a different downtown.
I mean still wish it was located downtown Mpls. Believe it used to be located in the Warehouse District.
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 8:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Washburn Center for Children
Replies: 15
Views: 4397

Re: Washburn Center for Children

I still need to explore this area. Is it still considered to be a design hot spot?
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 8:04 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Nicollet Ave / Eat Street - Whittier, Stevens, Loring Park
Replies: 163
Views: 24402

Re: Eat Street

This will be a great addition to this neighborhood. Eat Street appears to be evolving into a version of what the retail districts of Lynn-Lake and Uptown used to be "in the old days". Agree - which is nice for the neighborhood. Now I am just waiting for the reconstruction of the Nicollet Avenue Bri...
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 7:58 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Dock Street Flats - (333 Washington Avenue North)
Replies: 144
Views: 39634

Re: Dock Street Flats - (333 Washington Avenue North)

Really love this development. Very urban. Love how the retail spaces overlook Washington Avenue and the outdoor seating area for Dunn Brothers. My only question is I thought they were going to install glass along the overhang?
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 7:52 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 161621

Re: Uptown Retail News

New wine bar opened in retail/restaurant space in Greenleaf Apts. Vinnie's Wine Bar or something.
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 7:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Kraus-Anderson, HQ Apartments, Finnegans "Brewtel" - 9th St S/5th Ave S
Replies: 403
Views: 71510

Re: New Kraus-Anderson HQ (8th St. S/5th Ave. S)

Great news. More businesses headquartered downtown - more downtown works, redevelopment of surface parking lots in Elliot Park/DTE.
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 7:48 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1365
Views: 152756

Re: Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Project

New designs presented this Wednesday, 05/14 in the IDS. Was noted in the Downtown Journal.
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 7:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1733
Views: 283687

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Urban Planning

I think Elliot Park has a lot of potential. I walked around the area last week and was pleasantly surprised at the number of older buildings clustered together. The pedestrian realm of course needs some improvements - better sidewalks, lighting, etc. and some of the buildings need some tender loving...
by Aville_37
May 10th, 2014, 7:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165609

Re: Downtown Retail News

Now that I am back in the cities I've been spending a lot of time walking around and re-exploring the city. Anyone notice a women's boutique called Charmed opened in the Bridgewater? Kinda a weird mix of retail/services in that development.

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