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by spectre000
December 14th, 2012, 11:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 288911

Re: Green Line (Central)

The lifetime closed about two years ago but you overall point is valid. That bit of skyway is the link between the office core and the saint Paul hotel, library, river center and excel. In case anyone missed it, the building has been undergoing renovation for some time. It's being rebranded as the ...
by spectre000
December 13th, 2012, 9:17 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 288911

Re: Green Line (Central)

A shot from this evening. Don't mind the little ghost orbs in the picture. Cheap camera, bad photographer. :oops:

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Central Station and First National Bank Building by spectre 000, on Flickr
by spectre000
December 12th, 2012, 12:15 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Rayette Building - (261 Fifth Street East)
Replies: 29
Views: 7536

Re: Rayette Building

I don't think they have parking space requirements (in downtown at least). There have been many buildings converted to residential that don't provide any parking. The fact that this one will have any is a plus.
by spectre000
December 12th, 2012, 10:21 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Rayette Building - (261 Fifth Street East)
Replies: 29
Views: 7536

Re: Rayette Building

I wouldn't call this end "dead". This is right next to the Farmers Market. Heartland anchors a corner a block east. There are already a couple cafe's(Black Dog and Golden Deli's) on the other corners. There will be plenty of room for more with the retail space in the Lofts at FM, O&M building, and n...
by spectre000
December 11th, 2012, 7:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173593

Re: Vikings Stadium

From twitter,

"Star Tribune spokesman Steve Yaeger: Reports that Ryan Cos. has a deal to buy Star Tribune land are NOT accurate."

:(
by spectre000
December 11th, 2012, 4:43 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Rayette Building - (261 Fifth Street East)
Replies: 29
Views: 7536

Re: Rayette Building

Most likely the tenants will have to find a public ramp or surface lot. There are a few options around. I used to park here myself. Not very convenient cause my apartment building was a couple blocks away, but the price was right. The rates for most ramps in Lowertown are pretty reasonable compared ...
by spectre000
December 11th, 2012, 3:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173593

Re: Vikings Stadium

I posted the entire article. Not much details. I'm happy to see it be Ryan Cos. I was hoping Hines would buy it. But we could have done a lot worse as far as developers go.
by spectre000
December 11th, 2012, 2:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173593

Re: Vikings Stadium

Big News! http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/183042191.html Ryan Cos. has agreement to buy Star Tribune's downtown land by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune "A representative with Ryan Companies U.S. Inc. said Tuesday that the firm has an agreement to buy land owned by the Star Tribune in downto...
by spectre000
December 11th, 2012, 12:11 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Rayette Building - (261 Fifth Street East)
Replies: 29
Views: 7536

Rayette Building - (261 Fifth Street East)

An agenda item has appeared on the next Heritage Preservation Committee meeting for Dec 20th. Looks like plans to convert the current parking ramp into housing and commercial space is moving forward. This building is owned by Sherman Associates. Plans are for commercial space on the first floor, 88 ...
by spectre000
December 10th, 2012, 9:51 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: IDS Center
Replies: 248
Views: 64843

Re: IDS Center

Me thinks the real reason was the reported sale price was only for $260 million (though probably not what would've been the final price). Inland paid $278 million for it for it six years ago and has spent millions more in upgrades for LEED certification. The price probably wasn't what they were expe...
by spectre000
December 8th, 2012, 1:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 65132

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

A few pictures from the opening today. I thought there be a crowd, but had no idea it'd be soooo packed. What a turnout! http://imageshack.us/a/img255/5461/dscn1408nh.jpg http://imageshack.us/a/img822/8061/dscn1409l.jpg http://imageshack.us/a/img823/4996/dscn1410d.jpg http://imageshack.us/a/img547/5...
by spectre000
December 7th, 2012, 4:31 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173593

Re: Vikings Stadium

I don't see condensation being a major issue, the problem I see with a glass ceiling is the effects of freezing and thawing. Joints and seams will constrict and expand leading to leaks.

But after reading online about ETFE, that sounds very promising.
by spectre000
December 7th, 2012, 1:40 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173593

Re: Vikings Stadium

http://prod.static.vikings.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/stadium/interior-big.jpg Here's an even better pic. FANTASTIC! Drooling... Glass atriums like that are pretty notorious for leaking in our climate (i.e. Crystal Court, Galtier/CRAY Plaza). I just don't see that being very practical with our wil...
by spectre000
December 7th, 2012, 11:04 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 288911

Re: Green Line (Central)

Central station looks just awesome, all lit up with bus stations near Yes it does! I keep trying to grab a nice night time shot of it, but my camera (or most likely the operator) sucks at night pictures. They also spread out the dirt for the surrounding "plaza". I hope they plant some trees and ben...
by spectre000
December 6th, 2012, 4:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 168011

Re: Downtown Retail News

Hopefully Shorenstein has gotten word about how we despise the exterior of City Center and they will do something to get the base to be more inviting at street level. There is so much retail potential if landlords and the city would work together to get a decent product for the shoppers. You have s...
by spectre000
December 6th, 2012, 4:06 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Pioneer Endicott Building - (141 East Fourth Street)
Replies: 27
Views: 10847

Re: Pioneer Endicott Building

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/182394341.html?page=all&prepage=2&c=y#continue "A museum is reborn" Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/629*425/01art1207.jpg "Hearing the revelers crow, you'd think a new day had dawned with the opening Sat...
by spectre000
December 6th, 2012, 3:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nic on Fifth - (290' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 1033
Views: 183346

Re: Nic on Fifth - (455 Nicollet Mall)

Those renders show a 6 level podium. The redesigned one has only 5. So those must be out of date. Too bad. They look great.
by spectre000
December 6th, 2012, 3:13 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Episcopal Homes - (1890 University Avenue)
Replies: 33
Views: 10638

Re: 1890 University Ave (former Porky's site)

min-chi-cbus wrote:One of those renderings appeared to show an 8 floor building.
You're right. Most articles I've come across quote it as a seven story building. It'll definitely be one of the taller buildings along University Ave.
by spectre000
December 6th, 2012, 12:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)
Replies: 577
Views: 86007

Re: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)

The grass field south of 222 is owned by 21st Century Bank. The big lot just east of the library is owned by a partnership, but its tax records point to United Properties. UP is a big player. They could build something quite impressive there. Though their sale date was back in 1991. So they've large...
by spectre000
December 5th, 2012, 6:25 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: The Penfield - (101 10th Street East)
Replies: 158
Views: 33690

Re: The Penfield


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