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Re: Western Container Building Condos

Postby mplser » February 21st, 2013, 9:54 am

mamundsen wrote: BTW - there used to be another corner store 2nd St & 5th Ave. It's been closed about a year. I think most (myself included) don't go to these corner stores because it's easier to stop at a full grocery store on the way home from work.
that's the one i was thinking of. Didn't know that it closed. too bad.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos

Postby 5th Ave Guy » February 21st, 2013, 2:00 pm

mplser wrote:
mamundsen wrote: BTW - there used to be another corner store 2nd St & 5th Ave. It's been closed about a year. I think most (myself included) don't go to these corner stores because it's easier to stop at a full grocery store on the way home from work.
that's the one i was thinking of. Didn't know that it closed. too bad.
Yeah, I used to go there almost every day / night. It's too bad because the store itself is much nicer than the one a block closer to the river. The owner just had no idea how to run a business and bolted town one night. It's on the market though so hopefully someone does something good with it. Not sure if Whole Foods coming in would deter anyone from putting another market in around there or not.

And Darby's is absolutely awful inside. That, combined with the patio being set so far back from the foot traffic are always going to problems for that place. I prefer Cuzzy's patio for pre-Twins games myself.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos

Postby twincitizen » February 21st, 2013, 6:49 pm

That's it. Next urbanmsp happy hour is at Darby's. You heard it here first. :D

Though it may be hard to find, I never had a problem with the place. I actually found it quite good for large groups.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos

Postby mattaudio » February 22nd, 2013, 12:10 pm

Yes it's a decent place, especially the patio in the summer.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos

Postby MNdible » February 22nd, 2013, 2:04 pm

mattaudio wrote:Yes it's a decent place, especially the patio in the summer.
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Re: Western Container Building Condos

Postby Nathan » March 13th, 2013, 12:03 pm

There are a few renderings of this floating around out there, looks like a great addition.

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Another too large image: http://minneapolisloftscondos.com/wp-co ... 103112.jpg

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Re: Western Container Building Condos

Postby John » March 13th, 2013, 10:02 pm

fotoapparatic wrote:There are a few renderings of this floating around out there, looks like a great addition.

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Another too large image: http://minneapolisloftscondos.com/wp-co ... 103112.jpg
A great project. Nice job with the upper floor addition, and the street level looks well done. Exciting to see condo projects again!

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby 1200onthemall » March 16th, 2013, 5:47 am

Wow, this would be a great addition to NorthLoop. We need a condo project, I love all the construction but I would like to see some ownership options. I lived at The Bookman before moving "downtown" and always thought this build would be a perfect boutique hotel/inn.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby Nick » March 16th, 2013, 4:32 pm

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby seanrichardryan » March 16th, 2013, 8:49 pm

Does this building fall under any historic designations? Looks like they plan on widening the windows.
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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby woofner » March 17th, 2013, 8:46 pm

It's a contributing structure to the Warehouse Historic District, which will make it tricky to change the windows. The district regs also require vehicular access to be from 5th Ave N, which is dumb and Greco got a variance for on the Holden Building project, I think.
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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby mamundsen » July 12th, 2013, 2:38 pm

Random note on this one...

I was watching Renovation Raiders on HGTV last night and they used the main floor of this building as "the warehouse" and staging of everything. I wonder if the fact that they are getting some use out of it has slowed down the remodel plans?

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby spearson » September 27th, 2013, 11:27 am

It's behind a paywall, but the article uses a picture of this building:
http://finance-commerce.com/2013/09/sta ... ith-abdul/

Edit, here is the judgement:
http://mn.gov/web/prod/static/lawlib/li ... 5-0925.pdf

Edit again: Can anyone dig up the site plans from 2009?

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby MNdible » September 27th, 2013, 1:03 pm

As I recall, the old plans were problematic. Inactive ground floor uses, etc.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby spearson » September 27th, 2013, 1:43 pm

Here is the Historical Designation Study if anyone is interested:
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups ... 275981.pdf

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby twincitizen » October 2nd, 2013, 12:52 pm

The law firm that won the case has posted the full text of the F&C article on their website: http://www.hjlawfirm.com/news/154-hj-wi ... reme-court

Fascinating case. It seems the original plan (offices, rather than condos?) could be back on the table. There's an interesting quote from Kelly Doran regarding the HPC and deeming an application complete (60-day "clock" on approving zoning applications does not start until application is deemed "complete" by staff, not when application is submitted)

I wonder what this means (if anything) retroactively for the 24th & Colfax apartment project. The City almost certainly exceeded the 60-day limit on zoning decisions, no? There was a pretty lengthy process of HPC denial, appeal to City Council, etc. As the article notes, if no decision is rendered within 60 days, it basically means de facto approval. As I recall, the property owner & developer were considering legal action anyways...this decision could potentially give them a boost.

Either way, the Supreme Court's decision is a very good one. The City now has to make historic preservation decisions in 60-days, just like any other zoning/planning decision. I can't really disagree with that.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby jet777 » March 21st, 2014, 7:41 am

Hadn't heard much on this one but just got an HPC notice that a certificate of appropriateness has been applied for. Interestingly, they call it the "Green DeLaittre Wholesale Grocery Warehouse". I like western container better.

Didn't really expect anything to keep rolling since Swervo was raided by the Feds and the biz journal reported that one of the owners was convicted of beating up his girlfriend. Nice guy.

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525 3rd Street North—Commercial Building

Postby exiled_antipodean » March 21st, 2014, 12:56 pm

Interesting proposal for a three story commercial building made out of recycled shipping containers.

Comments on the Strib site are golden: http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/251428601.html

Plans submitted to Planning Commission: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups ... 122229.pdf

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Re: 525 3rd Street North—Commercial Building

Postby grant1simons2 » March 21st, 2014, 2:34 pm

Looks really awesome.

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Re: Western Container Building Condos - (500 3rd Street Nort

Postby jet777 » March 25th, 2014, 2:24 pm

Retail on the first floor, offices above. Looks good, start building.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/b ... ns-to.html


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