Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby MNdible » December 19th, 2015, 11:10 am

That is brutal. Doesn't St Paul have requirements for ground level windows?

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby nate » December 19th, 2015, 11:11 am

I almost think that the curtain wall order for those openings was delayed, so this is a temporary solution for the winter months. This can't be the finished product. It looked better when abandoned.

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby gcm » December 19th, 2015, 11:15 am

I was actually kind of hopeful, because on the side of the building they were replacing windows like this:

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with windows like this:

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Sorry for the quality of the photos.

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby gcm » December 19th, 2015, 11:19 am

nate wrote:I almost think that the curtain wall order for those openings was delayed, so this is a temporary solution for the winter months.
I hope so. I like how some of the windows are centered, and other are not.

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby mulad » January 2nd, 2016, 6:20 pm

The structure wrapping around the Aurora Avenue and Western Avenue sides of this block appears to be occupied. Here's a pretty full parking lot. Pretty bland from this angle, but it won't be as obvious once something goes up along the University Avenue frontage.

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Not very exciting on the corner at Aurora and Virginia Street, but there are alternating colors along most of the Aurora Avenue side:

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Pretty plain again on the Western Avenue side and just at the corner along Aurora. Could use a decent cornice:

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I noticed one window on the Western Avenue side had been knocked out by something. Boarded up on the inside awaiting repair:

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Building entrance on the Western Avenue side:

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_mg_0397 by Michael Hicks, on Flickr

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby gcm » March 20th, 2016, 8:35 am

They're in the process of putting in the windows. I believe the right most window is the final look...

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby seanrichardryan » March 20th, 2016, 9:30 pm

PHEW!
Q. What, what? A. In da butt.

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby gcm » April 23rd, 2017, 10:30 am

They've added a new building next to the original building on University Avenue.

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby Nathan » April 23rd, 2017, 1:44 pm

Yikes they totally Sabri'd a great gem and opportunity for place making.

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Re: Western U Plaza - (300 University/Old Home Dairy)

Postby EOst » November 14th, 2017, 4:23 pm

Coming soon to the new building: Heritage Tea House Boutique. Their online presence is a mess, but it looks like they'll offer tea, coffee, soul food, and "African heritage" goods. They've also applied for an on-sale liquor license, apparently for wine.

edit: Didn't connect the dots at first, but the owner/manager/etc. is Raeisha Williams, who ran for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 5. She has a video on her Facebook page talking about it.


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