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Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 24th, 2016, 6:20 pm
by uncle phil
Cool footage btw. It's impressive how much control of the wrecking ball the operator had...

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 26th, 2016, 7:00 pm
by bapster2006
I took this pic last weekend. I guess I could actually post it here.

ImageRitz block construction from 300 feet up Minneapolis 9-17-16 by Matt Bappe, on Flickr

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 26th, 2016, 11:48 pm
by mister.shoes
It'd be funny if it wasn't so sad that they're ONLY DOING HALF THE DAMN BLOCK.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2016, 10:13 am
by mattaudio
It's almost like they could be building underground parking for the entire block.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2016, 10:47 am
by MNdible
While I agree that it would be great if they built underground parking under the entire block, I just checked and I don't own the land, nor am I fronting up the millions of dollars to build it.

The city's authority to dictate building a particular development on private land is very limited.

So, what exactly are we kvetching about for the umpteenth time?

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2016, 12:38 pm
by RailBaronYarr
Am I the only one who finds it weird when every once in a while MNdible posts a super land-use-libertarian take? :)

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2016, 12:44 pm
by MNdible
I'm not being ideological about this.

But people keep complaining about this project as if somebody should have done something about it. Who, exactly, aside from the developer taking on more up-front risk by developing a much larger project all at once, could have compelled a different outcome?

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2016, 2:33 pm
by BoredAgain
MNdible wrote: Who, exactly, aside from the developer taking on more up-front risk by developing a much larger project all at once, could have compelled a different outcome?
The city could have if there were different zoning/design codes in place. They already require X% of commercial frontage for Nicollet. They could have a different code forbidding unscreened above ground parking.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2016, 3:24 pm
by mister.shoes
MNdible, bitching is all I've got. And Imma gonna bitch. ;)

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2016, 9:13 pm
by go4guy
I would rather have 2 projects on this block than 1 big one. In fact, I would prefer 4 projects.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 28th, 2016, 6:58 am
by Silophant
Agreed. With what Opus has been building lately, a full-block, underground project would have wound up being basically Latitude 45, but on all four block faces. Leaving half the block open also leaves the opportunity open for Opus to get a better architect and do a better job on the other half, or, possibly, to sell it off to someone willing to do a better job.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 28th, 2016, 5:30 pm
by SkyScraperKid
mattaudio wrote:It's almost like they could be building underground parking for the entire block.
Yes, it's only seems like a great idea until you're the one paying the bill.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 28th, 2016, 5:50 pm
by EOst
Much like how a parking podium only sounds good if you are the one paying the bill.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 30th, 2016, 6:53 am
by mamundsen
The fences are now wrapped with renderings and the address "365 Nicollet" and a generic slogan.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 30th, 2016, 9:09 am
by kiliff75
"Live, work, play. 365 Nicollet, 24/7."

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 30th, 2016, 10:04 am
by MattW
kiliff75 wrote:"Live, work, play. 365 Nicollet, 24/7."

Inspiring stuff.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 30th, 2016, 10:42 am
by Silophant
What are you supposed to do on Leap Day?

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: September 30th, 2016, 11:07 am
by FISHMANPET
We don't talk about leap day

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: October 1st, 2016, 7:14 am
by BigIdeasGuy
Silophant wrote:Agreed. With what Opus has been building lately, a full-block, underground project would have wound up being basically Latitude 45, but on all four block faces. Leaving half the block open also leaves the opportunity open for Opus to get a better architect and do a better job on the other half, or, possibly, to sell it off to someone willing to do a better job.
The only problem with that is that in their environmental worksheet thing they submitted to the city they listed the options for the north half of the block as a twin apartment building or a 20 story office tower. So it will be either the same or worse on the most developable block in DT. Great job Opus.

Re: Ritz Residences - 365 Nicollet Mall (334' - 30 stories)

Posted: October 21st, 2016, 7:14 am
by mamundsen
The base of the crane has been there a few days, now it looks like the crane will go up today. Many additional parts were being delivered right now.