Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby mullen » October 31st, 2013, 6:37 am

yea i love to see this building finally with a construction fence around it. over the years i've always had a fear it would suffer vandalism or fire because it didn't seem like a secured space. would've hate to see this industrial marvel have something happen to like the washburn mill across the river.

what's so cool is the river is diverted under this building. i hope the developer can realize a plan to incorporate some historic public displays or interpretative spaces. i want this building to be more than just residential and achieve it's maximum use potential.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby nlt » October 31st, 2013, 8:46 am

It's certainly great that this building is going to see re-use, but I can't help but think that in ten or twenty years there might be some regret that one of the city's most impressive and iconic buildings hasn't seen a better use. As someone who works in tax-credit housing (including an artist loft property), I can tell you that it is very difficult to make these projects work. The developer will do fine, no so much the owner and management company. Because of income restrictions, these artist loft units tend to be difficult to rent. And it will be locked into use as low-income housing for 30 years.

Too bad the public library was just built a decade ago- this would have been an amazing space for it. Oh well, still good to see it used for something.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby min-chi-cbus » October 31st, 2013, 12:11 pm

I remember seeing some renderings back when this was first being proposed and they ARE going to be using that water diverter feature on this site. I don't remember exactly HOW they're using it (perhaps just a backdrop), but I know it's in the plans.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby MNdible » October 31st, 2013, 12:11 pm

Great to see this project moving forward.

From the Strib article:
Because the site has long been a symbol of the city’s milling history, there’s been considerable interest in making those resources available to the public. Metz said that he’s still working with various agencies, including the Minnesota Historical Society and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, on how to incorporate interpretive elements and make the most of the water infrastructure.
I certainly hope that they're able to do something meaningful along these lines, rather than just a couple of plaques.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Tyler » November 1st, 2013, 9:33 am

At $575K p/unit, there must be a substantial non-residential component to this project.
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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby schmitzm03 » November 1st, 2013, 9:46 am

I might be wrong, but I would guess the high cost per unit is because of the historic preservation aspect. Paying that much for new construction wouldn't make sense for affordable housing. I have no idea if it makes sense for historic preservation.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby lordmoke » November 12th, 2013, 10:46 am

I guess this is breaking ground in about 15 minutes:
http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/pi ... d-tomorrow

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Nick » November 24th, 2013, 9:40 pm

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Nick » January 29th, 2014, 7:58 pm

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Tcmetro » January 29th, 2014, 7:59 pm

Thanks for reposting all of your pictures, Nick!

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Aville_37 » January 29th, 2014, 9:58 pm

It's going to be so exciting to see the lights glowing from the windows of this old gem again!

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Nick » January 29th, 2014, 10:00 pm

Can you even imagine how complicated this project must be? Note to self: Try to set up site tour...

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby MNdible » January 29th, 2014, 10:34 pm

The Old Minneapolis page on Facebook has some photos from the old tailraces under the old mill.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Nathan » January 30th, 2014, 8:36 am

so. cool.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby TommyT » January 30th, 2014, 8:50 am

This is set to be 'affordable' (section 42) housing right?

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby min-chi-cbus » January 30th, 2014, 9:55 am

Unreal -- it's like some medieval castle!

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby lordmoke » March 25th, 2014, 2:37 pm

The "Pillsbury's Best Flour" sign is going to be rehabbed using neon-simulating LEDs:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/gro ... 122428.pdf

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby MNdible » March 25th, 2014, 2:44 pm

Fabulous! Grain Belt, you're up next.

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby Aville_37 » March 25th, 2014, 4:49 pm

MNdible wrote:Fabulous! Grain Belt, you're up next.

Yes!!! :)

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Re: Pillsbury "A" Mill Redevelopment

Postby tabletop » March 25th, 2014, 8:13 pm

I noticed that since last weekend the building has lights! Every window is illuminated at night! Looks really nice. I wonder how long it's been since they threw the switch off and the building has been siting dark on the river for all these years.


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