The Commons - Downtown East Park

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby Wedgeguy » September 30th, 2015, 9:29 am

nfschauer wrote:They're working pretty aggressivley at it today, I'd imagine it will be gone by 3pm.
I saw them spraying water and the back hoe going about 4 yesterday when I got off the train at the DTE station. That section had stood there for a few weeks now. Would think they want to get things dug out if they are going to, and get the area filled in before it starts to freeze and makes work more difficult.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby mngreg » October 1st, 2015, 11:24 am

The last of it disappeared first thing this morning. Down by 8am. And yes, they are digging out the basement and all the tunnels, etc. That's one reason the last section stood for so long, they've been digging out a lot of debris so they could get to it. Plus they just got done removing the tunnel under Park, so now the equipment could get onto the street to bring it down.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby HiawathaGuy » October 1st, 2015, 12:56 pm

HiawathaGuy wrote:Back to topic - anyone want to wager a guess as to when the Strib building will be completely demolished?
I say Sept. 18th.
Well, my guess was very off! Star Tribune building is officially dust. 10/1/15

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby Wedgeguy » October 1st, 2015, 1:52 pm

mngreg wrote:The last of it disappeared first thing this morning. Down by 8am. And yes, they are digging out the basement and all the tunnels, etc. That's one reason the last section stood for so long, they've been digging out a lot of debris so they could get to it. Plus they just got done removing the tunnel under Park, so now the equipment could get onto the street to bring it down.
Did not know there was a tunnel under Park! Was that a Strib tunnel or one of the city's tunnels??

I see that the street diet has begun. Looks like Portland between the new WF towers is finally getting the new 2 lane width curb and gutters. Thought they were doing the same on Park. I could not get a good look, but it looks like there will be a very wide sidewalk next the MFSA parking ramp. Might be that the parking ramp is just set back further than I thought it was. So we will see if they get the new curbs in before the freezing weather, or if it will be an early spring project getting the curbs poured around the park.

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Strib tunnels

Postby sanguinic » October 1st, 2015, 8:19 pm

I wasn't aware of a tunnel under Park, although there could have been one. I was in the tunnel under Portland in late March, it was used to deliver materials to the presses when the printing plant occupied the basement, first and second floors of the building. I didn't know that it existed until that day.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby Wedgeguy » October 1st, 2015, 8:24 pm

I think Mngreg meant Portland and not Park. Was there a warehouse where the parking lot is across Portland at one time for there to be a tunnel?

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby mngreg » October 2nd, 2015, 9:40 am

I did mean Portland, not Park. Sorry for the confusion.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby Wedgeguy » October 7th, 2015, 6:17 pm

Man, what a difference with the Strib building gone. Even with the rubble mounds, you can see both the WF towers, the MSFA ramp, and the stadium in full view. That will be one expansive view from in front of the armory on 5th. FYI, the large upper windows on the south end of the barrel vault are out. Brain farted to check the north end when I walked by. Was blown away by the wide open view and forgot to look.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby Munch'n » October 12th, 2015, 5:24 pm

Couldn't see this mentioned anywhere so...

http://www.downtowneastcommonsmpls.com/


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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby grant1simons2 » October 14th, 2015, 4:15 pm

A lot of new information and much more detailed plans going in front of planning commission next week

http://minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/pub ... 150258.pdf

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby MinnMonkey » October 15th, 2015, 7:42 am

grant1simons2 wrote:A lot of new information and much more detailed plans going in front of planning commission next week

http://minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/pub ... 150258.pdf
Page 35 states that the existing mature trees across from the old Strib building will be preserved!

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby holmstar » October 15th, 2015, 8:20 am

MinnMonkey wrote:Page 35 states that the existing mature trees across from the old Strib building will be preserved!
GOOD.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby Nathan » October 15th, 2015, 9:15 am

Awesome actually!

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby lordmoke » October 15th, 2015, 11:02 am

It would be nice if they planned to preserve ALL of the existing trees.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby nordeast homer » October 15th, 2015, 12:21 pm

I count a total of 7 trees left and of those 7 only 2 would be classified as mature trees. Not sure they went out of their way on this one.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby monprin » October 15th, 2015, 6:37 pm

So since all of these renderings have notably dropped the DTE Station block, does anyone know what will happen with that, along with Chicago Ave as well for that matter?

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby lordmoke » October 16th, 2015, 9:51 am

Biked by last night. Unless I miscounted, there are only three trees left.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby amiller92 » October 16th, 2015, 10:15 am

lordmoke wrote:Biked by last night. Unless I miscounted, there are only three trees left.
That's what I see from my office window.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby EOst » October 16th, 2015, 11:57 am

monprin wrote:So since all of these renderings have notably dropped the DTE Station block, does anyone know what will happen with that, along with Chicago Ave as well for that matter?
It's owned by a different group (the MSFA I believe), so they wouldn't be in the same batch of renderings. They haven't yet announced any specifics, but several stories have mentioned that something will happen there.

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Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

Postby Wedgeguy » October 20th, 2015, 7:10 pm

EOst wrote:
monprin wrote:So since all of these renderings have notably dropped the DTE Station block, does anyone know what will happen with that, along with Chicago Ave as well for that matter?
It's owned by a different group (the MSFA I believe), so they wouldn't be in the same batch of renderings. They haven't yet announced any specifics, but several stories have mentioned that something will happen there.
So Alatus was able to the the money they wanted out of that parking ramp. I know that they were proposing a building there so that they could get top dollar for the garage.


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