The Station on Washington - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

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The Station on Washington - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby Unity77 » June 4th, 2012, 11:32 pm

Status
* Proposed
* 98 units
* 6 stories
* Currently home to Mercil's Campus Auto Repair
* Site is across the street from the University Hotel and fronts the Central Corridor line
* Developer - Opus
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby FISHMANPET » June 6th, 2012, 3:30 pm

Does anyone have the links to the planning meeting notes where this was originally proposed (since that's the only information we have, right?).
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby Unity77 » June 6th, 2012, 3:55 pm

I found the information in a Finance and Commerce article from April 24, 2012. Other than that, the only link to this project can be found here:
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/meetings/p ... S1P-091782
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby swmpls » June 6th, 2012, 10:55 pm

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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby Nick » June 7th, 2012, 7:11 am

Spent two great years living a block from this project. It's crazy how different Stadium Village is from when I first moved there in 2008. Getting off the bus by TCF Bank Stadium to go to Stub and Herb's it looks like there's a little skyline...
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby mulad » June 30th, 2012, 7:05 pm

The MN Daily had an article on this project on the 22nd:

http://www.mndaily.com/2012/06/22/stude ... um-village

This will take out both the auto body shop and the neighboring Noodles & Co. building. Both are planning on relocating -- Mercil's is eyeing a spot at 19th Ave S and Riverside Ave (this building?), while Noodles & Co. plans to move to Stadium Village Flats. The rendering also makes it look like that house behind Mercil's will be razed as well (a fact which I believe was confirmed when this project was discussed on Minnescraper).

Here's a rendering from the PDF swmpls linked to:

630-flats-preliminary-rendering.jpg


Maybe I've been away from campus too long, but I'm actually liking the red brick here. I'm probably just going nuts.
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby MNdible » July 1st, 2012, 9:10 pm

Hmm. I think it's quite handsome -- much better than the UTEC project.
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby mplser » July 1st, 2012, 11:08 pm

I think the brick is great, but why doesn't it go all the way up???
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby seanrichardryan » July 2nd, 2012, 1:53 am

It's just siding, it can only go so high without collapsing. There aren't any masonry walls to attach the brick to.
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby Nathaniel » July 2nd, 2012, 7:01 pm

Nick wrote:Spent two great years living a block from this project. It's crazy how different Stadium Village is from when I first moved there in 2008. Getting off the bus by TCF Bank Stadium to go to Stub and Herb's it looks like there's a little skyline...


Stadium Village is turning into Stadium Town ... and I think that's a really good thing.
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby mplser » July 3rd, 2012, 10:11 am

Nathaniel wrote:
Nick wrote:Spent two great years living a block from this project. It's crazy how different Stadium Village is from when I first moved there in 2008. Getting off the bus by TCF Bank Stadium to go to Stub and Herb's it looks like there's a little skyline...


Stadium Village is turning into Stadium Town ... and I think that's a really good thing.

or stadium city, if (I'm sorry, WHEN) that 11 story tower gets built!
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby Silophant » July 7th, 2012, 3:00 pm

Which 11 story tower? Is the Arby's project supposed to be that tall? Cool.

This makes sense, though. I had heard a rumor that Noodles was relocating to SVF, but had ignored it, since I couldn't see a reason to move from their perfectly good location to one further away from the actual campus.
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Re: Washington and Walnut Flats - 630 Washington Ave. S.E.

Postby seanrichardryan » July 8th, 2012, 12:57 am

Eleven stories would generally mean a quality building. But looking at the Melrose doesn't get my hopes up.
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Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby mulad » August 15th, 2012, 12:16 pm

The Strib is calling this "The Station on Washington". Opus closed on the sale this week, and the article says work will start right away with hopes of opening in August 2013.

http://www.startribune.com/blogs/166275556.html
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Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby Konante » August 22nd, 2012, 9:36 am

Another story confirming "The Station on Washington." Also says 97 units (instead of 98).

http://finance-commerce.com/2012/08/just-sold-opus-pays-7-1m-for-sites-for-new-complex-near-u-of-m/
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Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby mulad » August 22nd, 2012, 11:09 am

Wow, $7.1 million for what looks like only half an acre.
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Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby Nathan » August 22nd, 2012, 12:26 pm

From the looks of it, a really quality project, the rendering shows the use of great materials. Brick that fits in with the University, but cool metal panels that make it new and modern. Lot's of first floor retail. Blocks the big ole parking garage behind... What's not to like?

I really think all of this student housing is making Dinkytown/Stadium Village a desirable place to live (after freshman/sophomore year). I know so many students who live in NE or Uptown because they didn't like the area around the U. I think that's about to change!
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Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby Silophant » September 6th, 2012, 2:32 pm

The Noodles closed down on Monday, so demolition of the existing buildings should happen within a week or two. I'm excited for another shiny new building, though I was also counting on the amount of construction between me and my classes shrinking, not growing, this semester.
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Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby Silophant » September 23rd, 2012, 9:45 pm

The sidewalk around this site was barricaded off on Friday, so it looks like they'll be starting demolition this week. Finally.
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Re: Washington & Walnut Flats - (630 Washington Avenue SE)

Postby Tom H. » September 27th, 2012, 9:02 am

Walked past the site this morning, and the old Mercil's building was being torn down. I assume the old Noodles building and the house on the south end of the site will follow suit soon.
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