Weyerhaueser site redevelopment - 700 Emerald St

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karen nelson
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Re: Weyerhaueser site redevelopment - 700 Emerald St

Postby karen nelson » November 7th, 2017, 2:00 pm

"I might break from those who think the street presence isn't great. Maybe the renderings are masking how awful the materials might be, but more important to me is the somewhat neat addition of the stacked balconies along all elevations, with the lowest of each also being an entrance. Feels somewhat like a Boston Triple Decker built into a 4-story apartment facade. The SW courtyard/parking opening is a bit large, but I dunno, not a deal breaker for me."

I think the building faces on Franklin and facing the park are pretty bland, there is one small entrance on park side but their are stoops/balconies - our last suggestion was to at least try to break it up these ends of the building with some additional different color. I would have loved to have seen a community room facing the park on ground floor, possibly one that public could access during day time hours - but that community space is buried in middle heart of the buildings instead.

The openings on Emerald and Berry are there at the mostly at urging of the neighborhood I believe, as the original plan was two long rectangles with no breaks on Berry or Emerald that looked very monolithic and fortress like to us - that's a long block of building not to have some variation.

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Re: Weyerhaueser site redevelopment - 700 Emerald St

Postby seanrichardryan » February 13th, 2018, 10:29 am

Demo has started on the site. I hope someone is salvaging the big timber from the warehouses.
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Re: Weyerhaueser site redevelopment - 700 Emerald St

Postby karen nelson » February 19th, 2018, 2:08 pm

demo weyer comp.jpg
old rail path looking north towards main park .jpg
rails across eustis to 280 rail overpass.jpg
Some pictures of the demo - seems they are demo-ing only the St. Paul city park land - the middle of the site and the curved RR track path part of the park land that connects the main square park area in middle of site and goes down south towards Wabash/Eustis.

I also put in a photo of the RR aligment off site - where the old RR runs to RR overpass of 280 - which I hope someday can be a bike trail/bridge connection to the Grand Rounds and Pelham bike path to the east.

Apparently Dominion (and others?) put in a application for Met Council TOD grant for 1.3 million for the public realm work around this development, to improve the park, trail and make the portion of new Berry extension along the park a raised plaza area so it could be used as part of park at times etc. and the Met Council didn't award the money. I know the Dominion's buildings are not as sexy as many TOD proposals but I consider not a great loss that Met Council passed over a grant for this area - given this development is sorely needed all-affordable housing near LRT and this new park could make a great public space, if it could be finished nicely. This park and trail extension connection (if it can get the funds) could serve as great connector of Mpls and St. Paul, south of 94 to Green Line, neighborhood to Grand Rounds etc.
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Re: Weyerhaueser site redevelopment - 700 Emerald St

Postby karen nelson » February 19th, 2018, 2:26 pm

Also, the plans for the Legends at Berry (the senior housing) and Milberry (family housing) have been put out to bid.

It looks like the new Myrtle that is going in south of the apartment buildings and north of the new park, will be extended east through the north part of the Sunrise Banks parking lot, with a curve/jog a bit to the south, to connect through to Curfew.
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