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Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 22nd, 2019, 7:57 am
by alexschief
Slightly off-topic, but I'm going to be interested to see what happens to townhouse cluster communities like the one at the bottom right in that photo, or The Landings in the North Loop. They are bizarre little enclaves of a short but weird era of downtown development that now seems very close minded.

Developers would I'm sure love to purchase some of that land and build larger, denser buildings, but I imagine these communities are quite hard to break-up legally. So if they remain, do they become suddenly in-vogue and interesting in twenty years, a sort of time capsule like Milwaukee Avenue?

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 22nd, 2019, 8:17 am
by Anondson
And Greenway Gables between Yale Place and the Loring Greenway.

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 24th, 2019, 11:21 am
by karlshea
I agree. The warm color is nice but it definitely doesn't look like a modern building.

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2019, 10:16 am
by drgrant
alexschief wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 7:57 am
Slightly off-topic, but I'm going to be interested to see what happens to townhouse cluster communities like the one at the bottom right in that photo, or The Landings in the North Loop. They are bizarre little enclaves of a short but weird era of downtown development that now seems very close minded.

Developers would I'm sure love to purchase some of that land and build larger, denser buildings, but I imagine these communities are quite hard to break-up legally. So if they remain, do they become suddenly in-vogue and interesting in twenty years, a sort of time capsule like Milwaukee Avenue?
Hopefully something happens, but you're correct that it would be a very difficult process to buy out the whole development. The one in the picture appears to be condominiums on a common lot, not really townhouses, legally. Compared to Milwaukee Ave, which is really just a normal neighborhood with an HOA.

I think they'll be there for a very long time, until someone comes a long willing to offer every single owner something way above market.

That particular development's frontage on Main Street is one the worst pieces of urban design in the city.

https://goo.gl/maps/MuHZWuE58nHTGvDJA

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2019, 10:33 am
by rhettcarlson
Unlocked F&C article with some photos.

Building Blocks: Doran tops out luxury apartments

https://finance-commerce.com/2019/09/bu ... partments/

And, looks like work has started on the neighboring mid rise portion, which will have 574 units according to the article.

Image

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2019, 11:03 am
by nordeast homer
The Expo has topped out the last residential floor, but is still working on the "canopy" for the top, so there is still more concrete work up there.

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2019, 11:40 am
by MNdible
drgrant wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 10:16 am
That particular development's frontage on Main Street is one the worst pieces of urban design in the city.
I always assumed that the retaining wall here predated the condo development, but I guess I'm not 100% sure about that. Can anybody confirm?

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2019, 12:11 pm
by drgrant
MNdible wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 11:40 am
drgrant wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 10:16 am
That particular development's frontage on Main Street is one the worst pieces of urban design in the city.
I always assumed that the retaining wall here predated the condo development, but I guess I'm not 100% sure about that. Can anybody confirm?
Based on Hennepin's GIS, it looks like the wall was built sometime between 1969 and 1988, then the townhouses were added sometime between 1988 and 2000. I still hate it, but that makes the design slightly more excusable.

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: September 27th, 2019, 2:16 pm
by BigIdeasGuy
Buying out the Lourdes Square townhomes and rebuilding a version of the Industrial Exposition Building that was on the site until 1940 has been a dream of mine for a while. The acquisition costs are going to be prohibitive when the get in the door price is $700k+ not mention they don't come on the market super often either

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: November 26th, 2019, 11:49 am
by bapster2006

Re: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)

Posted: November 26th, 2019, 12:48 pm
by lordmoke
Viewed from Main Street, the side of this thing facing the river doesn't look half bad. Wish I could say that for the other three sides.