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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby LRV Op Dude » March 1st, 2013, 4:03 am

Finance and Commerce did an article on Building Blocks: Oaks Station Place Apartments It includes photo slide show.
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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby mulad » March 1st, 2013, 8:40 am

Here's one of the photos from the Flickr slideshow on the article -- Is this the first "METRO Blue Line" signage to appear?

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OakStation26 by Finance & Commerce, on Flickr

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby Aville_37 » March 1st, 2013, 6:09 pm

I don't care what others think - I like the design. Something a bit different from the "modern" square blocks popping up all over. Fits the more "historic" feel of the Minnehaha neighborhood as well. May not be the highest quality materials, but still like.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby mplser » March 3rd, 2013, 5:17 pm

You can't even read where it says metro Against the bricks on that sign...

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby RailBaronYarr » March 3rd, 2013, 8:57 pm

Aville_37 wrote:I don't care what others think - I like the design. Something a bit different from the "modern" square blocks popping up all over. Fits the more "historic" feel of the Minnehaha neighborhood as well. May not be the highest quality materials, but still like.
I agree. Variety is good, and these materials aren't really any worse than the pre-cast brick look-alike that accents the corrugates metal siding on all the 4-6 story blocks out there that are so en vogue. I like it.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby twincitizen » April 12th, 2013, 7:38 am

F&C is just in love with this building: http://finance-commerce.com/2013/04/rum ... an-jungle/

With regards to the bit at the end about St. Paul having developed a TOD handbook, while Minneapolis has not, I think that's just fine. Nearly every area of Minneapolis can be considered "near transit", except for the far corners in select areas. St. Paul, on the other hand is a very car-dependent city, with infrequent transit service in several areas, and none at all in some corners. Minneapolis should adopt policies city-wide that incorporate the strategies and design features discussed in this article, rather than specifically say what is or is not TOD.

Now I'm curious what's in the arch section of Oaks Station Place. It's a precast concrete arch, and they mention that there are apartments to either side. Laundry/rec room perhaps? I suspect there are not apartments IN the arch itself.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby mplser » April 12th, 2013, 9:39 am

it sounds like there ARE apartments in the arch:

"The arch built through Oaks Station Place had to be designed so vibrations from scores of buses a day would not disturb residents living in the apartments above and to either side."

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby twincitizen » April 12th, 2013, 10:27 am

Oops! That's what happens when you read too fast and allow your assumptions to become reality.

With improved hybrid buses and hopefully soon some that can run all-electric at low speeds, much of this will become a non-issue.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby Snelbian » April 12th, 2013, 10:44 am

I'm just glad there's finally SOMETHING there. Waiting around for 30 minutes to catch the 84 in that lot has always felt tedious and exposed, easily the worst part of my trips to the airport or MoA. That plaza promises to be a much better spot to crash than the uncomfortable bus shelter benches. And if they can attract a halfway decent restaurant for that corner, even better.

The Metro Transit contact at a recent Union Park LUC meeting seemed pretty certain that in two years time 46th St. Station will be a termination for the Snelling BRT. That promises to be a really well connected set of apartments considering the rather bleak surroundings.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby HuskyGrad » November 27th, 2013, 8:16 am

Currently the goal is for a new restaurant called Locavore to open sometime around April in the space. They will specialize in local sourced ingredients.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby John21 » June 20th, 2014, 5:33 pm

HuskyGrad wrote:Currently the goal is for a new restaurant called Locavore to open sometime around April in the space. They will specialize in local sourced ingredients.
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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby LRV Op Dude » July 28th, 2014, 2:30 pm

I notice the other day that there is still no businesses in the retail portion of this development. Does anyone know of anything going in there?
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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby Wedgeguy » July 28th, 2014, 7:00 pm

I'd say that it has two things that are against it right now. New construction means high leases to cover costs. Also, because of the high cost and this is kind of an island unto itself, there is not enough other synergy of retail near by to help get people other than transit riders into the location.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby mattaudio » July 28th, 2014, 8:54 pm

As of a few weeks ago, I received an update that Locavore was still intending to move in.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby Aville_37 » July 29th, 2014, 5:50 am

I visited a friend who has an apartment here the other day. Thought the building/apartments were well designed and appeared to be built with quality materials.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby HiawathaGuy » August 4th, 2014, 3:57 pm

More news on Locavore:

New restaurant planned for South Minneapolis
Aug 4, 2014
http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/m ... polis.html

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby Realstreets » December 9th, 2014, 7:54 am

Locavore backed out. Their bank wouldn't give them a loan without more parking and since the streets surrounding the site are permit, that was a no-go. On a side note the city is revisiting the permit parking policy on residential streets.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby twincitizen » December 9th, 2014, 12:30 pm

Residential permit parking on nearby streets didn't kill Locavore. Oaks Station Place not including enough parking for their commercial space did.

They knew before they built this building that on-street parking isn't allowed on 46th (adjacent to the development anyways) and the surrounding streets have residential permits. If Locavore is the type of tenant they intended to attract, then they should have built more commercial parking, period. Or take some spaces away from apartment tenants, some of which is surely going unused.

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Re: Oaks Station Place

Postby HuskyGrad » December 9th, 2014, 12:34 pm

twincitizen wrote:Residential permit parking on nearby streets didn't kill Locavore. Oaks Station Place not including enough parking for their commercial space did.

They knew before they built this building that on-street parking isn't allowed on 46th (adjacent to the development anyways) and the surrounding streets have residential permits. If Locavore is the type of tenant they intended to attract, then they should have built more commercial parking, period. Or take some spaces away from apartment tenants, some of which is surely going unused.
All parking is currently used by residents. There's no more room for parking given site restrictions. I don't think a full restaurant is the proper business for this site anyways.


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