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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby Wedgeguy » May 14th, 2013, 10:24 am

Hate to agree, but BKV is not at the top of my list for good design. More like the mother who tries to make exciting meals with cheap ingredients. Just does not make me want to try them again.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby gcm » July 28th, 2013, 3:36 am

From the PP article:
The purchase, which would close in July, is the latest evidence that the private market is feeling optimistic about development opportunities in downtown St. Paul.
Anyone know if that has happened, or will happen this week?

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby bptenor » August 5th, 2013, 8:27 pm

Haven't heard anything yet either. Makes me a bit nervous, but these things always take longer than expected, right?

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby Wedgeguy » August 6th, 2013, 12:19 pm

bptenor wrote:Haven't heard anything yet either. Makes me a bit nervous, but these things always take longer than expected, right?
Your dealing with a government body. Things are always slow when it come to them.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby gcm » August 16th, 2013, 5:44 pm

Done deal.

"The former U.S. Post Office on Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul was sold Friday to a local development group, which plans to turn the Art Deco building into market-rate apartments."

http://www.twincities.com/business/ci_2 ... use-market

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby FISHMANPET » September 4th, 2013, 12:34 pm

This is going to be called Custom House. I guess time for a thread name change?
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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby twincitizen » September 4th, 2013, 12:43 pm

Is anyone else kind of surprised this is actually happening? I mean, granted there isn't a lot of development going on in downtown St. Paul, and I think there is definitely pent-up demand, but this just seems like the kind of thing that would fall through or be financially unfeasible. They're not even sure what they're going to do with the lower floors of the building yet.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby at40man » September 4th, 2013, 6:10 pm

Just curious, why do you say that?

It's a large building next to the river in a hot neighborhood. I've not been inside beyond using the old Post Office on the first floor, but from what I can tell there aren't exactly a lot of interior walls that need demolition. I could be wrong on this, but it always looks like there are vast amounts of space, which would make renovation that much easier.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby lordmoke » September 4th, 2013, 7:06 pm

Not to mention, the developer only paid like five million for this thing. Even if the renovation costs 50M, that's a pretty solid investment for a nearly 300 unit building. Nic on 5th, Soo Line, and LPM all cost far, far more than that.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby TroyGBiv » September 11th, 2013, 2:07 am

This might be more like the Soo Line renovation in Minneapolis - meeting a high demand for buildings with "history" and details. The big question is - is there asbestos?

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby gcm » September 11th, 2013, 7:28 am

Are they allowed to make any changes to the exterior? For example, could they increase the size (height) of the windows - perhaps floor to ceiling windows? And what about the newer structure that is closer to the river - would they be allowed add windows to the corners of that building?

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby mulad » September 11th, 2013, 1:42 pm

I don't think the building has any historic designation at this point, so the new owners will probably be free to make whatever changes they want (unless they want to get historic designation for whatever reason). Regardless, the part closer to the river is an addition and may fall somewhat outside the restrictions a historic listing would put on the building.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby MNdible » September 11th, 2013, 2:15 pm

I'd bet dollars to donuts that the financing of this project is predicated on receiving historical tax credits.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby mulad » September 14th, 2013, 7:08 am

In case anyone was wondering where the name "Custom House" came from, this is right by the main entrance:

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby lorwest » October 28th, 2013, 3:12 pm

There's now a banner up at the top of the base facing Kellogg & Jackson, indicating Residential, Hotel, Retail & Office. I don't recall seeing mention of a hotel before.

And there's the beginnings of a website: http://customhousestpaul.com

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby bptenor » January 14th, 2014, 7:46 pm

I received this in an email today, detailing the planned development of the post office into the Custom House. Apartments, a hotel, and parking are planned, with plenty of space still available for lease. This promotional piece looks impressive, and I look forward to seeing this landmark building transformed over the next 2 years.

I uploaded to flickr; hopefully you can read it.

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CustomHouse_1 by bptenor, on Flickr

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CustomHouse_2 by bptenor, on Flickr

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CustomHouse_3 by bptenor, on Flickr

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby Nathan » January 18th, 2014, 12:44 pm

Awesome Info, Thanks!

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby bubzki2 » February 26th, 2014, 3:07 pm

Shout out to this project during Obama's speech at Union Depot today.

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Re: Downtown Saint Paul Post Office

Postby Nathan » March 20th, 2014, 12:42 pm

Went to the States Historic Registrar vote Tuesday, and got accepted, except not all the members were there so it may have to wait until the next meeting...


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