Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

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squrtis
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby squrtis » September 11th, 2019, 1:15 pm

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SurlyLHT
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby SurlyLHT » September 11th, 2019, 1:44 pm

Have the bear climb US Bank Stadium...now that I think about subject matter...a large stylized sculpture of a sailboat might work. It would go along with other branding of the city.

NickP
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby NickP » September 12th, 2019, 8:31 pm

Where is that bear sculpture?

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby Seth » September 12th, 2019, 9:35 pm

NickP wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Where is that bear sculpture?
Fairly sure the bear is peering into Denver’s convention center.

luigipaladio
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby luigipaladio » September 12th, 2019, 10:44 pm

Seth, You are absolutely right. The blue bear is peering into the Denver Convention Center. It is one of the more clever pieces of public sculpture I’ve seen. It is actually quite striking when seen in person and delightfully whimsical at the same time. We and m any other Coloradans had bears, cougars, bobcats, mule deer, coyotes and other critters peering in our Colorado Springs windows on a regular basis, so the image of the bear looking into the building is very apt. Apparently monumental animal sculptures in Colorado turn blue. There is a giant, blue rearing horse at the entrance to the Denver airport. It used to scare our grandkids with it’s glaring, wild, illuminated red eyes.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby sanchopanza » September 13th, 2019, 6:59 pm

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We got blue animals in Mpls too.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby seanrichardryan » September 13th, 2019, 10:01 pm

What about an Iconic building? Image
Q. What, what? A. In da butt.

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Nathan
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby Nathan » September 14th, 2019, 9:38 am

seanrichardryan wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:01 pm
What about an Iconic building? Image
Lmao... staahhhhhp :D

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby mattaudio » September 15th, 2019, 2:45 pm

Oh yeah
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby sanchopanza » September 15th, 2019, 6:35 pm

I do think we need a "Minneapolis" sign, but not sure where to put it? St. Anthony Main? Gold Medal Park? Boom Island? Bde Maka Ska?
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby CalMcKenney » September 16th, 2019, 7:54 am

Beginning of Stone Arch Bridge towards downtown! Heavy foot traffic and one of the most photogenic spots in the city. I've always thought we needed a MPLS sign there.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby alexschief » October 1st, 2019, 9:09 am

HiawathaGuy wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 3:38 pm
grant1simons2 wrote:
March 14th, 2016, 3:10 pm
LA Rockler Fur Co. is proposed to become 55 dwelling units!

http://minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/pub ... 175201.pdf
That deal never materialized.

New proposal:
Downtown's Rockler Fur building could become housing option for Native community
*UNLOCKED*
Submitted to the HPC: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/gro ... 220892.pdf

"...the current applicant is proposing a conversion of the building into 48 residential units of supportive housing for formerly homeless single adults; each unit is approximately 400 square feet. The basement and first floor would also have a community room, bike storage, laundry facility, and shared workspace. Bimosedaa is applying for state and federal historic tax credits and therefore the project will also be reviewed by the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service."

Would be renamed the Bimosedaa Building. First floor would become a lounge, with a lot of tenant amenities on the floor as described above. It's a bit disappointing that there's no effort to restore retail to this space, but it's not a huge deal. I can dream about the adjacent surface lot being someday redeveloped with a good anchor store.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby mamundsen » October 18th, 2019, 12:26 pm

Fling open the restroom door, group tells downtown Minneapolis

On Thursday, the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) started plastering heavily strolled sidewalks with signs directing people to the closest restroom. It’s part of the district’s mission to more than triple the number of public toilets, from 29 to 100. To do so, they will have to persuade hotels, restaurants, stores and other property owners to ditch the “restrooms for customers only” signs.

The new sidewalk signs on 1st Avenue, Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall, 5th Street and 7th Street point out the nearest restroom, operating hours and estimated walking time. The district is also encouraging businesses to put up signs saying their toilets are for anyone.
http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis- ... 563307912/

I saw a few of these signs and wondered why I hadn't heard about it. I'm interested to see if it takes off.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby alexschief » October 18th, 2019, 3:32 pm

The City of Minneapolis has just released an RFP for the Public Service Center Block. That's the block bounded by 3rd and 4th Streets, and 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

The city is looking to sell the two-thirds of the block that they own, which are currently occupied by the City of Lakes Building and the Public Service Center Building. Two nice examples of modernist office design, but both fairly low-scale and not particularly useful for current office-seekers. The RFP is in advance of the city vacating these offices in favor of the currently under-construction consolidated city office building. I imagine that this is the first of several dominoes to fall in this area. Hennepin County owns half of the block immediately to the west, and with their own consolidation looming, hopefully they will make that area available as well.

These parcels could be really transformative for the dead area between the Mill District and the Gateway District, and continue the development momentum from the latter (I can dream someday that the Wells Fargo and Gateway Ramp blocks get obliterated soon). This area is a huge part of the downtown "home-free zone" which is noticeably eroding. I expect, given that it's the trend, and hope that the development proposals for these lots will be primarily high density residential, and that the proposals contain (1) extensive ground floor commercial space, and (2) a minimum of three distinct buildings.

Two more notes: this RFP will have to conform to the 2040 plan, so a minimum of ten stories will be accepted here. The city is also asking for 20% of rental units to be affordable for 30 years at 60% AMI, or for 10% of condo units in any development to be affordable for 30 years at 80% AMI.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby bapster2006 » November 19th, 2019, 1:18 pm

I decided to go the extra mile and get a shot of the CenturyLink crown removal for the out-of-town people.

ImageCenturyLink crown removal Minneapolis 11-19-19 by Matt Bappe, on Flickr

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby EOst » November 19th, 2019, 1:35 pm

Wonder if they'll remove some of that screening around the top of the tower too.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby alexschief » November 27th, 2019, 6:50 pm

On the first of the month, Minneapolis put out an RFP for Lot A in Cedar Riverside. This potential project has gotten a lot of media attention. CM Warsame, with the support of Mayor Frey, has proposed an African mall on the site, but some local business owners and apparently a group of local moms are angry about losing parking, and they shouted down the Councilmember at a summer meeting. There have been some accusations that the owner of Karmel Mall is behind some of this opposition, and I think it's pretty clear that Warsame wants this mall to be a competition with the Karmel Mall, but I have no way of knowing what's actually going on there.

Regardless, the city is proceeding. The RFP notes that this area is served by two LRT stations and there are 2,300 parking spaces in close proximity. Still, as a concession to these neighbors, the city says that it will prioritize developments that offer replacement parking. So much for a climate emergency, glad that issue was solved.

Aside from the "Africa Village" component, the city is hoping proposals will incorporate other complimentary uses, especially affordable housing, and reach at least ten stories. The city is also hoping for future buildings to meet high expectations for sustainability. Most interestingly, the city is doing a study on a future recreational and community center in Cedar Riverside, but this study will be completed next year, after this RFP is due. The RFP indicates a "strong preference for inclusion of 40,000-65,000 gross square feet of public/community space, plus associated parking, to accommodate possible colocation of a recreation/community center" and allows proposals to reserve that space but put off its design, pending the completion of that other study.

Along with the downtown service block RFP that I linked above, these are two really significant developments that the city is moving forward. Responses for this one are due January 10th.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Postby SurlyLHT » December 6th, 2019, 1:53 pm

The RFP's are due for the Public Service Center Block today. It'll be interesting to see what is proposed. I doubt it's anything too exciting, although the site has huge potential. The affordable housing requirements I'm afraid will hold back some developers. Any idea when proposals will leak out?

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/PSCBlock


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