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by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago
Replies: 156
Views: 26691

Re: Ironclad Apartments & Moxy Hotel - Washington & Chicago

The retaining wall stones look like a bit of a cross between an odd kind of architectural tokenism and a heavy handed Zen garden. It looks like a low maintenance idea that will tend to collect refuse blown in off the street and become a higher maintenance reality.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136539

Re: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)

Does anyone have any current photos of the Metro Transit police building. This is a surprisingly interesting design.
by luigipaladio
August 22nd, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 136539

Re: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)

This hotel is decent enough, but it is surprising that, at least in the renders - and so far in the construction, it is almost impossible to tell that there is a major performance venue contained within the site. Of course, that is something that could be remedied without major changes to the struct...
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories
Replies: 58
Views: 9598

Re: Washington and Portland Mixed Use - 22 stories

Is this project moving along in the approval process? If so, where does it stand and is there a target for construction to begin?
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Renaissance Square / The Andrus
Replies: 38
Views: 7126

Re: Renaissance Square / The Andrus

In principle, this is good news, but it will take some doing to fill the retail/commercial space. The partial remake of City Center and the Dayton’s project could stall filling the retail space here for a very long time. I hope they can do it. The building is a gem - especially above the ground floor.
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S
Replies: 407
Views: 73569

Re: East End / Thresher Square / Trader Joes - 713 Washington Ave S

I’m not sure there is anything unfortunate about the Old Spaghetti Factory leaving this space. With the rest of the black already made new or renewed, this place suddenly came to look very tired and worn out. Judging from recent comments, it seems as though the concept of the restaurant was getting ...
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'
Replies: 219
Views: 34306

Re: City of Minneapolis Office Building - 501 4th Ave S - 11 stories / 171'

This is going to be a good addition to the governmental zone of downtown. It is good to see all of these functions in relatively close proximity to each other and the plazas on either side of the Hennepin County towers should be more animated by the increased foot traffic this building will probably...
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave
Replies: 167
Views: 27828

Re: Thrivent Headquarters Block - 6th St and Portland Ave

I will give Thrivent credit for a crisp and sleek office structure, though I’d like to hear why the architects opted to band he structure in a way that makes it seem like a bloated four story building rather than the eight story structure it actually is. It’s also good to see the new ramp almost com...
by luigipaladio
August 19th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'
Replies: 82
Views: 15395

Re: Wells Fargo Redevelopment - 801 Portland - 16 stories - 180'

Larking promises to be a decent addition to the cityscape on Portland and on Eighth. This design isn’t flashy but it does reference the KA block and the other taller structures nearby and to some extent, improves on them. Now if we could just convince the folks at Portland Tower to do something with...
by luigipaladio
August 14th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 161435

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Perhaps what needs to happen with Calhoun Square is that the owners end up having to sell the place at a significant loss and a new owner could come in, lower rents and work to draw in more food and entertainment and services useful to the neighborhood. Urban malls like this just don’t have the draw...
by luigipaladio
August 14th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 165494

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

It looks like Dunn Brothers closed at least one other shop abruptly. Are they in trouble?
by luigipaladio
August 12th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1533
Views: 161435

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

This is a bad time for retailers. Amazon and all of the other online sellers have revolutionized the way people shop and buy. It is not completely a one sided shift. Some exclusively online sellers have started to build stores because their market research shows that to be viable. Most retailers how...
by luigipaladio
August 12th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 128
Views: 23444

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

The tower component of Expo looks like a repeat of the towers of Riverplace. It’s either overdone contectualism, or a lack of creativity. One thing that it does better than the nearby Riverplace towers is that it does not turn a blank street presence or tower face to it’s neighborhood. I suppose at ...
by luigipaladio
August 12th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories
Replies: 896
Views: 138412

Re: Alia Tower - 200 Central - 483' / 40 Stories

It seems as though the possibility of a “groundbreaking yet this summer” is rapidly slipping away for the Alia Tower. Are they having that much trouble finding a workable financial package or are they in trouble overall with three big projects all in limbo - Alia, the tower by the Convention Center,...
by luigipaladio
August 12th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 375
Views: 49966

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

This looks like poorly designed public housing out of the fifties and sixties. Actually there was a good deal of public housing in that era that was better designed than this. This is another featureless box that adds little or nothing to the streetscape or it’s limited slice of the skyline. For all...
by luigipaladio
August 12th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 256
Views: 45571

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

Has there been any announcement of an official ground breaking date? I thought there had been some talk of construction getting underway mid-August, but am surprised there hasn’t been more hooplas given the scale and cost of this project.
by luigipaladio
August 11th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)
Replies: 375
Views: 49966

Re: City Club Apartments - 1000 Marquette Ave (Handicraft Building)

Does anyone know how this is leasing up?
by luigipaladio
August 8th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Mayo Expansion Proposal - Rochester
Replies: 130
Views: 26057

Re: Mayo Expansion Proposal - Rochester

Thanks Troy. The MPR story is very helpful and overall quite positive. High speed transportation between the Twin Cities and Rochester seems to make more sense than ever.
by luigipaladio
August 8th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Mayo Expansion Proposal - Rochester
Replies: 130
Views: 26057

Re: Mayo Expansion Proposal - Rochester

Does anyone have any updates on where the whole redevelopment project for Rochester stands? It seems that they have had some setbacks on the biggest proposals, but others have kept on moving. What projects are actually approved and moving ahead? What projects have stalled, or been cancelled. How clo...
by luigipaladio
August 8th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Art and Architecture Building Development - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / 155'
Replies: 98
Views: 15940

Re: Art and Architecture Building Development - 3338 University Ave SE - 14 Stories / 155'

Where do things stand with this project? Are there any indications of when construction will actually begin.

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