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by martykoessel
January 23rd, 2015, 5:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1984
Views: 245384

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

FISHMANPET wrote:
uptowncarag wrote:I don't care what gets built now. Look at pictures of the Chicago skyline and dream. The other proposals are Block E part 2. Don't care.
If only we could go back in time 150 years and make Minneapolis the junction point between the Eastern US and Western US.
...by draining Lake Michigan.
by martykoessel
January 20th, 2015, 2:08 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Embassy Suites (Plymouth Building) - 12 6th Street S
Replies: 286
Views: 44234

Re: Conrad Hotel @ Plymouth Building - 12 6th Street S

5th Ave Guy wrote:I heard this project is dead and they're now looking at an office conversion. Anyone else hearing the same?
Are you confusing this with the Nate's Clothing Building, which was originally going to be a boutique hotel and is now slated to become offices?
by martykoessel
December 23rd, 2014, 10:21 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1984
Views: 245384

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

And this map doesn't include parking ramps! It's like London after the blitz.
by martykoessel
December 18th, 2014, 11:14 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1984
Views: 245384

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

Good morning, all! I'd like to reiterate that while I'm not against the Duval proposal, I believe that what happens at street level is most important, and I'm not yet clear on how well or poorly any of the proposals will do with this. That said, I believe we were too hard on Ms. Andover. Several of ...
by martykoessel
December 15th, 2014, 2:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 1984
Views: 245384

Re: Nicollet Hotel Block

Tallest equals neither best nor most beautiful. I'm not opposed to the Duval proposal, but I'm not ready to jump on the bandwagon just because it would reach 80 stories. From where I stand (quite literally), I believe that how a building relates to the street and its surroundings is much more import...
by martykoessel
December 2nd, 2014, 4:48 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 358
Views: 42515

Re: Intercity rail to Chicago

I posted the following message amid the discussion of airport noise at MSP. I never got a response, which indicates either that my thought is kinda dumb or that nobody saw it. I'm still curious, though, so I'm moving my comment to this thread. Can any of you explain a)why my thought is dumb or b)if ...
by martykoessel
December 2nd, 2014, 4:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 59365

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

Slated for 2015: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/all/WCMS1P-121854 Yep, I get that. My point was just that there are a lot of changes moving forward simultaneously in this area, and we shouldn't be surprised if one plan hasn't yet fully digested the impacts of another plan. This is all still from ...
by martykoessel
December 1st, 2014, 8:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: U.S. Bank Stadium
Replies: 2066
Views: 59365

Re: Minnesota Multi Purpose Stadium

Those documents are, what, over a year and a half old? A fair amount has changed in that time, including the official confirmation that the ramp from 5th Street will be closed. I haven't seen any updates that supersede this, but I'd have to assume that they're working on them. Slated for 2015: http...
by martykoessel
November 25th, 2014, 1:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1238
Views: 159353

Re: MSP Airport

As someone very much affected by airport noise, I still believe that the airport should not be moved. Even if politically possible, I think the billions this would cost would be an unwise use of public funds, given all that could be accomplished alternatively. Among these alternative things might be...
by martykoessel
November 25th, 2014, 11:45 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1238
Views: 159353

Re: MSP Airport

Delta retired its DC-9s, but it continues to fly 717s, which are essentially DC-9s manufactured by Boeing after it took over McDonnell Douglas. Also, I believe that other airlines continue to fly DC-9s. In any case, when I hear that awful roar, I look up and know that I'll see that familiar twin-eng...
by martykoessel
November 25th, 2014, 11:08 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: MSP Airport
Replies: 1238
Views: 159353

Re: MSP Airport

We live near Cedar and Minnehaha Parkway, and the takeoffs are definitely noisier than the landings. The planes taking off might be somewhat higher, but they're at full throttle! That said, I think a huge part of the noise problem will be solved when the last of the DC-9s disappear. They roar rather...
by martykoessel
November 10th, 2014, 11:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Western Container Building/Arctic Cat HQ - 500 3rd Street N
Replies: 115
Views: 17115

Re: Western Container Building - 500 3rd Street North

"Nefarious" is too strong a word. The reason for the work stoppage could be innocuous. Still, Ned Abdul is not a man who passes quietly through the world, and I wouldn't be surprised if the explanation carries something interesting enough to merit a little exploration. Thanks for pointing me toward ...
by martykoessel
November 10th, 2014, 4:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Western Container Building/Arctic Cat HQ - 500 3rd Street N
Replies: 115
Views: 17115

Re: Western Container Building - 500 3rd Street North

This is a follow-up to my last post on this thread, which apparently has done little to pique the curiosity of all you development junkies. Here's a link that describes what I thought was going on: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/real_estate/2014/03/after-supreme-court-verdict-ned-abdul-r...
by martykoessel
November 9th, 2014, 3:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Western Container Building/Arctic Cat HQ - 500 3rd Street N
Replies: 115
Views: 17115

Re: Western Container Building - 500 3rd Street North

From my going about on errands the last week or two, this project has the appearance of nothing happening. A hiccup or bigger problems? I'm only asking because this building has taken on the air of mystery. This is how it has become jumbled up in my mind: rejection of plans by HPC, someone else taki...
by martykoessel
November 7th, 2014, 2:11 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Blue Line Flats - (3120 24th Ave S)
Replies: 23
Views: 6239

Re: Corcoran Triangle (3120 24th Ave S)

Hurrah for this project! Housing at this price level is always so sorely needed, and especially with such great access to transportation it's essential to the health of the city.
by martykoessel
November 7th, 2014, 2:05 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: AC Marriott Hotel - 401 Hennepin Ave (Andrews Hotel site)
Replies: 353
Views: 54872

Re: Andrews Hotel site (4th & Hennepin)

The color of one bland facade sorta matches the color of the Library. The color of the other bland facade sorta matches the color of the Lumber Exchange. This insincere nod to context is more painful than doing nothing at all. The lack of height relationships to the Lumber Exchange is a big problem,...
by martykoessel
October 24th, 2014, 1:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Tri-Tech Building
Replies: 3
Views: 964

Re: Tri-Tech Building

Yeah, I know that they've been there for ages and that generators are necessary. However, I haven't seen any others downtown so oppressively placed. Where do they usually go? Rooftops? Behind walls with only the end of the vents showing? Would current zoning allow generators to be placed right next ...
by martykoessel
October 24th, 2014, 12:28 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Tri-Tech Building
Replies: 3
Views: 964

Tri-Tech Building

This is probably less of a topic than a question that I otherwise see no place to put. Are those big, ugly machines located in what used to be a drive thru area generators? They're ugly as sin and have exhaust ducts aiming directly over the sidewalk. How did something like that get approved? Would c...
by martykoessel
October 24th, 2014, 12:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Motiv Apartments - 2320 Colfax Avenue S
Replies: 846
Views: 82886

Re: 2320 Colfax Avenue Apartments

David, you've beautifully stated your views on what it takes to fulfill preservationist goals and where the grey areas loom for even those most dedicated to them. Though some in the pro-Healy House group will be too set on their position to acknowledge the grey, perhaps there are some in it who'd re...
by martykoessel
October 9th, 2014, 2:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 157634

Re: Downtown Office Market

I can't look at that building at 330 S. 2nd (one of the blandest in the city) without feeling sad about the loss of the Metropolitan, which stood where the north end of 330 now bores the crap out of us. Of course, what's done is done and this has nothing to do with a good business expansion, but I'm...

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