The mixed-use development now has a name - The Vintage on Selby. Some of the architects told me that more renderings will be available in the next week or two when the city gets them. Entrance and cafe seating on the corner itself is now confirmed. The facades are varied across the length of Selby, with various brick sections, a 'metal paneling that will imitate bands of stone' on the three upper floors, and a more modern section that contrasts with the rest where residential lobby is. Rooftop community garden plots are also official. In the rendering above you can see a space set aside for public art, probably a mural like the one on the current Grand Ave store.
Some questions were asked about affordability. The design team did a pretty good job of going over the current rental market and vacancy rates as well as emphasizing that this is not just for students and there are no furnished units. Rents will probably range from $1,000 to $4,000 a month.
twincitizen wrote:It's going to be an excellent addition to the neighborhood, regardless of what anyone thinks of the architecture. Hopefully NIMBYs (using that term correctly, I believe) don't **** it up. I kind of see this development as a litmus test for St. Paul (both neighbors and policymakers) to see if they're ready for the kind of growth and development Minneapolis has been experiencing. This one is just different than anything else happening in St. Paul. It's not on the Green Line, it's not Downtown, it's not a vacant/derelict site, and it's right in the middle of an established business district and neighborhood. Perhaps this is over-dramatization, but I feel like this project is kinda like St. Paul's version of the Opus Dinkytown development.
I foresee considerable pressure to downsize the # of units, increase the # of parking spaces, kill it entirely, etc. in the coming months, even if the Union Park district council supports the project.
So far the real outrage seems to be about Ayd Mill and parking meters on Hague. Very few people were asking questions about the actual development. A few voiced approval of the design, including many of the Citizens for a Better Snelling Avenue crowd. The design of the new bank building is less popular with neighbors because they believe it's too modern and clashes with the surrounding architecture. Some neighbors expressed support for that design as well, though.