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The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: September 27th, 2012, 5:04 pm
by Nick
Saw this in the agenda for the CPC CotW meeting next week. Six stories, presumably on the parking lot behind the union building.

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/p ... S1P-098943

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: September 28th, 2012, 11:01 am
by Nathan
Not a super visible building since Uni is a one way there, but adds some needed population to NE that will help support further development! Hopefully it will be nice.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: September 29th, 2012, 10:15 pm
by frenat
I would love to see this happen. Busy area, good transit and very walkable. A mix use development would really add to the street life.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 8:07 am
by twincitizen
From F&C (edited):

The Minneapolis-based Labor Temple Association is floating plans for 81 market-rate apartments in a project called “The 155,” near the intersection of Central Avenue and University Avenue in southeast Minneapolis. “We had been talking about it for several years. Just plain parking wasn’t the best use for that property,” said Danny Gustafson, president of the association. The new plans call for redeveloping the eastern side of the site, currently home to surface parking and drive-through lanes for Union Bank & Trust, to accommodate a new apartment building and a separate parking ramp. The total project budget is estimated in the range of $20 million to $22 million, he said.

http://finance-commerce.com/2012/10/uni ... rking-lot/

ED: This is good news. Hopefully more organizations around the city will have the same sentiment that surface parking lots are not the best use of their property. There's good money tied up in that asphalt!

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 8:23 am
by min-chi-cbus
The Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development department provided a copy of a rendering that has been submitted for The 155, a proposed 81-unit apartment project in Minneapolis. (Submitted rendering)

Was there a rendering submitted with this article? I still haven't seen this thing.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 8:37 am
by twincitizen

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 8:52 am
by Nathan
Interesting... I like the tall windows on the lower portions, but it just looks like they shoved the apartments on top, tiny rendering, definitely fills out the block, a bit more height would have been nice. NE could use some more skyline.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 9:28 am
by seanrichardryan
Bizarre proportions. Back to the drawing board please.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 10:42 am
by min-chi-cbus
I like everything except breaking the (small) building up into two. The design is otherwise fine, a-okay, etc.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 3:47 pm
by Seth
They must have taken their inspiration from the Residence Inn downtown.
http://goo.gl/maps/gdaVL

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 6:01 pm
by frenat

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 8:38 pm
by John
There's something goofy about the proportion of the base of the building as was mentioned earlier. If they remedy that, it should look pretty good. Nice that it will fill a vacant lot , but I wish they would build a few more home ownership projects in the area. Jeez, do you think we have enough rental buildings going up??

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 9:41 pm
by frenat
John wrote:There's something goofy about the proportion of the base of the building as was mentioned earlier. If they remedy that, it should look pretty good. Nice that it will fill a vacant lot , but I wish they would build a few more home ownership projects in the area. Jeez, do you think we have enough rental buildings going up??
Do you mean single family homes or condo/town homes? I think some of these could be converted when the market turns.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 2nd, 2012, 10:48 pm
by John
frenat wrote:
John wrote:There's something goofy about the proportion of the base of the building as was mentioned earlier. If they remedy that, it should look pretty good. Nice that it will fill a vacant lot , but I wish they would build a few more home ownership projects in the area. Jeez, do you think we have enough rental buildings going up??
Do you mean single family homes or condo/town homes? I think some of these could be converted when the market turns.
Yes, owner occupied condo/townhomes in this more dense neighborhood. And I think the condo market is warming up. But it just amazes me this apartment boom goes on and on in Minneapolis, along with the huge trend of young people wanting to live an urban lifestyle here. Makes me wonder if we are going to replace Portland Oregon as the hippest city in America! 8-)

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 3rd, 2012, 7:24 am
by min-chi-cbus
John wrote:
frenat wrote:
John wrote:There's something goofy about the proportion of the base of the building as was mentioned earlier. If they remedy that, it should look pretty good. Nice that it will fill a vacant lot , but I wish they would build a few more home ownership projects in the area. Jeez, do you think we have enough rental buildings going up??
Do you mean single family homes or condo/town homes? I think some of these could be converted when the market turns.
Yes, owner occupied condo/townhomes in this more dense neighborhood. And I think the condo market is warming up. But it just amazes me this apartment boom goes on and on in Minneapolis, along with the huge trend of young people wanting to live an urban lifestyle here. Makes me wonder if we are going to replace Portland Oregon as the hippest city in America! 8-)
Sad thing is we're still arguably behind some of those "hip" cities when it comes to our own urban revitalization. Namely, competitors such as Denver, Seattle, Portland and even Pittsburgh to some degree.

We're not the only city experiencing a renaissance right now.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 3rd, 2012, 11:25 am
by Didier
If anything there is a shortage of new rental property in this area, not of condo/townhouses. There's really only one modern apartment building in the University-Central-Hennepin triangle area, and outside of old student housing there's not much else until you get to Stone Arch Apartments.

This is a very desirable neighborhood, in my opinion, but right now it's hard to get into without renting from a condo owner.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 3rd, 2012, 1:18 pm
by John
Didier wrote:If anything there is a shortage of new rental property in this area, not of condo/townhouses. There's really only one modern apartment building in the University-Central-Hennepin triangle area, and outside of old student housing there's not much else until you get to Stone Arch Apartments.

This is a very desirable neighborhood, in my opinion, but right now it's hard to get into without renting from a condo owner.
I love this area and I agree it's a very desirable neighborhood. It's come a long way in the last 30 years. There's an astounding 1000 rental units under construction or planned for this area so that should alleviate the shortage of good rental housing.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 3rd, 2012, 4:41 pm
by seanrichardryan
Hopefully they come up with a better design.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 3rd, 2012, 8:06 pm
by lordmoke
I'm guessing that the building looks the way it does because of the parking ramp mentioned in the summary of the building. On one level, it's actually kind of smart- they put a multi-story ramp on the bottom of the building in order to boost up the residential units and give them a nicer view. Granted, it's not great for street presence, but the area east of there isn't exactly a pedestrian destination.

Re: The 155 - (155 University Avenue Southeast)

Posted: October 3rd, 2012, 11:52 pm
by John
seanrichardryan wrote:Hopefully they come up with a better design.
The base of the building looks ridiculous and awkward with the upper floors. It's height looks they placed the building in front of a mirror in a fun house to elongate it. :?