mattaudio wrote:So, this and the library would be disconnected from the rest of the skyway network until a point at which either the Ritz Block was developed, or a skyway was put through the Xcel 414 mezzanine (or possibly a utiliskyway above the alley behind 414 and the ramp, blocking 414's rear 2nd level windows - both options seem equally as unlikely).
Agree that neither of those is likely, but I could see the utiliskyway coming across at height of the second level of the ramp, which would put it at 414's mezzanine level, adjacent to the loading dock and beneath the windows. It would probably have to have to have a ramp up a little to get across 4th, but it could work. Alternately, a skyway from the library to the new hotel, which would require some internal rearranging of the library, but could be done.
I wonder if Shamrock/Stanton will propose a skyway connection from Eclipse into this block the next time that proposal pops up
I guess it would depend on the timeline for this project and for Eclipse to make it work. It would be a real amenity for Eclipse residents, but aside from them it would effectively be a private connection (or maybe even an actual private connection since it would lead into Eclipse's parking ramp on level 2). Not sure if Stanton would pay the millions required to build it, or if the city/county would even allow it to cross over Hennepin.
It would probably be more viable if it also included a (public) skyway across Washington to Whole Foods, though that would likely require the loss of an apartment or two for 222 Hennepin, but a skyway connection to a full grocery store would be a pretty big amenity for all the skyway-connected residential in this part of downtown.