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by writruth
April 1st, 2013, 3:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Century Plaza / Convention Hotel rumoring (archive)
Replies: 375
Views: 43796

Re: Convention Center Hotel - (330 South 12th Street)

The rebounding national economy, along with the 2016 opening of the new Vikings Stadium are two of the leading forces that will likely make a Minneapolis, 50-plus-story, convention hotel tower inevitable. The new, billion-dollar stadium, is already being pitched as the site for a 2017 or 2018 Super ...
by writruth
March 31st, 2013, 1:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Century Plaza / Convention Hotel rumoring (archive)
Replies: 375
Views: 43796

Re: Convention Center Hotel - (330 South 12th Street)

Fifty-stories-plus and a contemporary design would be enough to spark a national buzz for the Minneapolis hospitality industry which is exactly what the convention center planners want from such a hotel. The thinking behind this type of development is designed to stand out from what's available else...
by writruth
March 26th, 2013, 11:51 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 364004

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

If The Strib did move it's offices to Block E, it might also lure WCCO or another local television news station to move it's operation to the site, creating a synergistic print and broadcast media center. The existing brown cladding on the outer surfaces of the building, could easily be replaced by ...
by writruth
March 24th, 2013, 6:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173617

Re: Vikings Stadium

Love the aerial view rendering, not selected, submitted by Populous. The streamlined, split-roof, bowl design is spectacular and anchors DTE to it's neighbors. Also, like the way it bookends the city on one end with Target Field on the opposite end of town. The interplay between the sleek, blue hued...
by writruth
March 11th, 2013, 4:36 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map
Replies: 1737
Views: 288905

Re: Current & Proposed Downtown Minneapolis Projects

Yes, the updated renderings are modern and functional. The LRT stop outside the entrance at 5th and Nicollet make this a prime location for urban commuters. This is a great example of how public investment in sustainable resources can and does spur private development.
by writruth
February 18th, 2013, 8:37 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173617

Re: Vikings Stadium

If Nasa's source is correct and we mercifully avoid construction of a Lucas-like retread, and instead Mortenson delivers another architectural gem, the years-long Dome-replacement wait will have proven to be worth it. Excited by the prospects of a retractable glass-dome and a signature architectural...
by writruth
December 20th, 2012, 12:37 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Century Plaza / Convention Hotel rumoring (archive)
Replies: 375
Views: 43796

Re: Convention Center Hotel - (330 South 12th Street)

Hennepin County is due to complete it's report on whether there is enough demand to warrant the building of a 1000-plus room Convention Center hotel in Downtown Minneapolis. According to a story last summer in the Business Journal, the report should be ready by the end of the year. Proponents argue ...
by writruth
December 7th, 2012, 2:42 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173617

Re: Vikings Stadium

http://prod.static.vikings.clubs.nfl.co ... or-big.jpg

Here's an even better pic. FANTASTIC! Drooling...
by writruth
December 7th, 2012, 2:34 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173617

Re: Vikings Stadium

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/713/vikingstensionedinterio.jpg/ What the...? Anyone know where the rendering came from? Stumbled across this link after clicking on the images for Nic at 5th. Wow. If the stadium designers are developing something like this to replace the Metrodome, the words wo...
by writruth
December 7th, 2012, 2:08 am
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: Block E (archive)
Replies: 351
Views: 42739

Re: Block E

John, you may be on to something with your vision of vertical utopian architectural development. During the next three years, thousands of housing units will come on line in the downtown core, North Loop, Mill District and south end of Nicollet Mall. Much of the demand for these units are being driv...
by writruth
December 3rd, 2012, 11:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 222 & Whole Foods - (222 Hennepin Avenue)
Replies: 577
Views: 86086

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

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/181939101.html Here's a link to the Strib story, detailing $1 Billion worth of Minneapolis housing development, much of which is underway in the downtown area. The massive investment, according to the Strib story, is the most since the condo boom earlier ...
by writruth
December 3rd, 2012, 8:46 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1010
Views: 161245

Re: Downtown Office Market

This is a welcome plus for the downtown core. Great to hear the head of FSN reference the vibrancy of being in the heart of the entertainment district. The location will make it easier for the network to broadcast "beauty shots" of the ever expanding Minneapolis cityscape.
by writruth
October 5th, 2012, 8:50 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Target Field Station (the Hotel) & Target Field Station (the Station)
Replies: 1016
Views: 137323

Re: The Interchange (At Target Field)

Yes. I read a few months ago, both platforms would be used for riders - those boarding trains bound for The U and St. Paul and those boarding trains for Hiawatha Line routes i.e. The V.A. parking and Mall of America. By maintaining two lines, game attendees would likely find shorter waits.
by writruth
September 29th, 2012, 10:29 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173617

Re: Vikings Stadium

Before seeing these latest renderings, I too, thought we might get stuck with a hulking, barn-like structure along the lines of Lucas Oil Stadium. I've been encouraged by these latest renderings and comments by the designers that we just might end up with a sophisticated, iconic and modern stadium. ...
by writruth
September 8th, 2012, 4:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Century Plaza / Convention Hotel rumoring (archive)
Replies: 375
Views: 43796

Re: 330 South 12th

http://www.statesman.com/business/real-estate/luxury-brand-fairmont-to-operate-2nd-downtown-convention-2382129.html The above link connects to a story providing much more detail on the 50-story, $350 million convention hotel to be built in Austin, TX. It will be under the Fairmont Hotels brand and i...
by writruth
July 23rd, 2012, 10:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News
Replies: 1197
Views: 168333

Re: Neiman Marcus Closing DT Location

I have to echo the general disappointment in today's gloomy retail news. There's really been a marked erosion of retail stores in downtown Minneapolis over the past 20-25 years. The failure of The Conservatory and the "Chernobyl of Minneapolis retail" City Center have proven toxic. However, I'm not ...
by writruth
July 19th, 2012, 5:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Vikings Stadium Miscellaneous Discussion
Replies: 1660
Views: 173617

Re: Vikings Stadium

Any specific talk of designs are premature at this early stage. But if you look very closely at the renderings currently available for the downtown site, you can read the signage for a proposed multi-story hotel across from the stadium. There's also been some public references from the team about a ...
by writruth
July 10th, 2012, 7:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Orchestra Hall
Replies: 182
Views: 25320

Re: Orchestra Hall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWmhiNQR9No&feature=relmfu This link provides the designers' perspective on what they are attempting to accomplish with the renovation of the lobby areas. The redux, to be completed next year, will be a beautiful upgrade for the south end of Nicollet Mall and sparklin...
by writruth
July 10th, 2012, 12:06 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations
Replies: 445
Views: 57413

Re: Minneapolis & St. Paul Fantasies and Speculations

Matt's suggestion makes a lot of sense. I still believe the two biggest problems stifling ridership on the line is it's irregular schedule and it fails to reach the population center in St. Cloud. Matt's idea fixes both problems. The completion of the Central and Southwest LRT lines would also add t...
by writruth
July 9th, 2012, 12:24 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Gold Medal Plaza - (935 Second Street South)
Replies: 32
Views: 8614

Re: Gold Medal Plaza - 10th Ave S and 2nd Street

Awesome if this moves forward. Great, modern glass design a perfect contrast to the adjacent buildings. This infill project would add needed density to the area and would prove a worthy neighbor to the new-completed Neuroscience headquarters, The Guthrie and Gold Medal Park. Next it would be great t...

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