Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby Silophant » August 20th, 2014, 2:59 pm

Zing!

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby Nathan » August 20th, 2014, 3:38 pm

Spruce Tree Center is maybe my favorite building on University between the two downtowns, and Excluding the U... It's totally equipped to have a ton of on street retail, addresses the corner well, is unique and interesting, which is great place making. I've always loved it's simple geometry and use of color rather than lots of gimmicks.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby Minneapolisite » August 20th, 2014, 4:57 pm

Ooph. Well, I can't think of a station more in need of this kind of development. This is going to be a huge improvement.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby ProspectPete » August 26th, 2014, 2:24 pm

Ok so there was the ceremonial ground breaking but any idea when this construction project gets underway for real?

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby gcm » August 26th, 2014, 3:25 pm

"Construction is expected to begin within about a month and take 14 months to fully complete."

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_ ... eak-ground

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby grant1simons2 » August 26th, 2014, 3:42 pm

Holy cow 14 months!? Is that normal or am I just crazy

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby nickmgray » August 27th, 2014, 10:22 am

that seems normal for a project of this size.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby ProspectPete » September 17th, 2014, 9:21 am

Yesterday I saw some heavy equipment moved onto the site. Perhaps demolition and excavation is close at hand.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby ProspectPete » December 8th, 2014, 4:25 pm

Demolition of the old structures that occupied the lot has begun.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby stp1980 » December 10th, 2014, 9:30 am

The streetscape here is going to be dramatically changed by this project and the one down at Griggs. Does anyone know if Target owns the property across the street from this one? It seems like that is an asset they would be willing to sell off at some point as it is just two empty parking lots far away from their store and hardly (if ever) used by customers.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby Snelbian » December 10th, 2014, 2:44 pm

It is theirs and they are going to do something with it eventually. When the parking lot was redone several years back I recall a Target rep mentioning somewhere (Villager, maybe?) that the parcel along University would eventually be developed once the Green Line was running.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby nate » January 9th, 2015, 7:13 am

It appears they have started excavation and pile driving work

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby nickmgray » January 9th, 2015, 2:40 pm

I'm excited to see this project get under way. It'll be nice to have one of these lots filled in and have more people living directly on University on this end of town.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby nate » January 9th, 2015, 2:56 pm

This is/was possibly the most decrepit empty lot on University, IMO. It will be great to have it filled.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby lordmoke » March 13th, 2015, 9:54 am

This is about at ground level now.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby mulad » March 19th, 2015, 3:31 pm

Some concrete posts are starting to stick up from the foundation.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby mulad » April 11th, 2015, 9:09 pm

Still mostly just a foundation plus one story of concrete near the Hamline/University corner:
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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby ProspectPete » July 24th, 2015, 12:59 pm

What a grim looking worksite. The white building wrap has been flapping in the wind since they erected the pre-fab walls which had the stuff already stapled onto it. In some parts they have tried to tack it down, other parts it is frayed like Tibetan prayer flags. It seems like this project is going very slowly. I know that its going to be targeted at lower income rentals, but wow. Contrast that with the Vintage, just a mile away which is quickly going up. It just seems to be a higher quality contractor and product.

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby beige_box » August 4th, 2015, 10:22 am

ProspectPete wrote:What a grim looking worksite. The white building wrap has been flapping in the wind since they erected the pre-fab walls which had the stuff already stapled onto it. In some parts they have tried to tack it down, other parts it is frayed like Tibetan prayer flags. It seems like this project is going very slowly. I know that its going to be targeted at lower income rentals, but wow. Contrast that with the Vintage, just a mile away which is quickly going up. It just seems to be a higher quality contractor and product.
Funny you say that, because the only-build-affordable-housing-in-the-suburbs(-and-make-it-lower-quality) crowd is using Hamline Station as an example of the supposed decadence and corruption of the affordable housing construction industry: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_ ... y-endeavor

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Re: Hamline Station - (1333 University Avenue)

Postby nate » August 4th, 2015, 11:51 am

I don't think housing lower-income people in trailer parks in the suburbs is a great idea, but the larger point that the affordable housing system is broken on some level seems to make sense. Hamline Station is symptomatic of many of the problems - convoluted financing, drawn-out construction process, too many cooks in the kitchen, etc. There has got to be better ways to get more affordable units built, relatively cost-effectively.


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