Suburbs - General Topics

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby matthew5080 » March 12th, 2016, 11:42 am

New Hampton Inn proposed along the Southwest LRT in Eden Prairie.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/n ... t-lrt.html

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Suburbs - General Topics

Postby Anondson » March 12th, 2016, 11:59 am

494/212 is really getting A LOT of hotels. When I've stayed in hotels I really preferred the ones with areas worth walking around a little even if I was otherwise driving everywhere I needed to go to. I hope Eden Prairie puts more attention to making the area walkable.

Still, maybe after LRT happens we will see hotels showing up in Hopkins near the stations.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby acs » March 17th, 2016, 1:29 pm

My mobile version of bizjournals is acting up, but Meijer just bought 30 acres for a store in Brooklyn park. Zane Ave and 610 on former opus land.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby sdho » March 17th, 2016, 4:46 pm

Testing -- don't mind me

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby mattaudio » March 17th, 2016, 7:38 pm

I find the suburbs very testing as well.

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Postby seanrichardryan » March 18th, 2016, 11:43 am

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

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby QuietBlue » March 21st, 2016, 7:23 am

I guess they've been doing well enough for them to keep expanding in the metro, but I've never really understood the appeal of Pizza Ranch when there are other options (other than that it's cheap, I guess). To me Pizza Ranch is someplace you go when you're in some small town and it's your only choice.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby matthew5080 » March 21st, 2016, 5:02 pm

QuietBlue wrote:I guess they've been doing well enough for them to keep expanding in the metro, but I've never really understood the appeal of Pizza Ranch when there are other options (other than that it's cheap, I guess). To me Pizza Ranch is someplace you go when you're in some small town and it's your only choice.
Agreed. Whenever I think of Pizza Ranch, I think of a small town.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby David Greene » March 21st, 2016, 7:51 pm

Whenever I think of Pizza Ranch I think of homophobic "Christian" nutjobs.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby maxbaby » March 23rd, 2016, 2:59 pm

Shakopee to break ground on recreation project.
http://finance-commerce.com/2016/03/sha ... n-project/

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby Anondson » March 29th, 2016, 8:27 pm

The old United Health HQ, across 169 in an office complex in Edina from the sprawling campus in Opus II in Minnetonka will be redeveloped into a 240 luxury apartment building.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/b ... edina.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/b ... na.html#i3

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby min-chi-cbus » March 29th, 2016, 9:46 pm

Would this be within (reasonable) walking distance of the future SWLRT station near here?

I can see this type of living space appealing to: a.) empty-nesters who are looking to downsize but stay in the burbs and keep a suburban lifestyle, or b.) UnitedHealth executives/brass who want to keep a 2nd/3rd home near the corporate HQ.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby Anondson » March 29th, 2016, 9:54 pm

Long walk, short bike ride, to the Opus Station. I think there is planning researching possibility of a highway bus route on 169 to have a stop at Bren Road too.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby matthew5080 » March 31st, 2016, 9:30 am

Chick-Fil-A is expanding to Eden Prairie. Best news I've heard all week. :D

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/n ... urant.html


Also, do you think it would be smart to start an Eden Prairie Development Thread? I mean, it's not the most active place in the metro, but there's still some things going on.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby Anondson » April 14th, 2016, 11:42 pm

Article in the Strib on built out suburbs with aging infrastructure.

http://www.startribune.com/water-usage- ... 375793591/

The gist, the suburbs are discovering that the built water infrastructure has a set cost to replace no matter how much you conserve using water. Ironically, the more water conserved, the more rates had to go up since the replacement costs are covered by the now-much-reduced water use.

The alternative is to allow more residences to help cover replacement costs. It's a small price to pay to raise costs to protect "neighborhood character"?

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby acs » April 15th, 2016, 9:02 am

There's got to be a better way to price this. Conserving water shouldn't be punished.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby MNdible » April 15th, 2016, 9:12 am

These utilities need to cover their costs. Not much that can be done about it. And in any case, the water was going to cost more because of aging equipment, higher treatment standards, and always increasing labor costs.

[Also, apparently there's been some cartel pricing going on in the commodities required to treat water.]

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby mattaudio » April 15th, 2016, 10:33 am

The funding for this distribution network should come from property taxes (or better yet, land value taxes) weighted according to the cost to provide infrastructure for a particular land use... Reward the parcel that is cheaper to serve due to its land use.

The funding for water treatment and all the rest should be a part of the water bill.

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby matthew5080 » April 15th, 2016, 11:06 pm

Chick-Fil-A is now planning locations in Chanhassen, Maplewood, and West St. Paul, as well as the previously announced Eden Prairie location near Eden Prairie Center.

To be honest, I'd prefer it Chick-Fil-A went into the mall itself and took up the vacant location in the food court that's been sitting there for ages now. I've seen Chick-Fil-A's in West Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines and in the Denver area as well, and they were as busy as any non-mall location that I've seen.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/n ... -with.html

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Re: Suburbs - General Topics

Postby seanrichardryan » April 16th, 2016, 10:33 am

Can't drive-thru the mall.
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