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by luigipaladio
June 9th, 2021, 10:58 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Duluth: Essentia Health Hospital, Clinic and Outpatient Center
Replies: 6
Views: 3601

Re: Duluth: Essentia Health Hospital, Clinic and Outpatient Center

Does anyone have any photos they can post from this project and from the other big medical construction project that's going on in Duluth. The project closer to the Lake - and adjacent to the tower - is actually a fairly interesting structure, with several cantilevered levels and the most glass I've...
by luigipaladio
May 10th, 2021, 3:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Archive Apartments - 110 1st Street N
Replies: 159
Views: 34160

Re: Archive Apartments - 110 1st Street N

This is such a site sensitive building. It looks fresh, but it also looks like it belongs with it's older neighbors. Too bad the passageway under the mid section of the building ends in a blank fortress wall of the Federal Reserve. A little pocket park could make that passage downright magical. It w...
by luigipaladio
May 10th, 2021, 3:02 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Thrivent HQ & Sherman apartments - 500 7th St S
Replies: 219
Views: 58636

Re: Thrivent HQ & Sherman apartments - 500 7th St S

Business Journal says that Sherman has purchased the half block for this project. Hopefully, this means there will soon be construction. Filling out this block will definitely strengthen the neighborhood. Yes, it would be a good spot for something taller, but under current circumstances, getting thi...
by luigipaladio
April 7th, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 'Porthole' Lamps
Replies: 3
Views: 1499

Re: 'Porthole' Lamps

The "porthole" lamps were an attempt by the city to clear the narrow downtown streets and sidewalks of unnecessary clutter. At one time I recall even seeing some of these lights mounted on poles where there weren't buildings to accommodate them - for example, along a parking lot. The glass of the or...
by luigipaladio
January 16th, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 97925

Re: Rochester

Can anyone update us on some of the projects going up in Rochester - or on the status of some of the proposals that surfaced in the last couple of years?
by luigipaladio
January 16th, 2021, 12:49 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Tunnels!
Replies: 152
Views: 34335

Re: Tunnels!

The Twin Cities are underlain by layers of sandstone and limestone. You can get an idea of the geology by taking a look at the cliffs on either side of the Mississippi gorge in St. Paul and to some extent in the gorge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University has a couple of buildings that we...
by luigipaladio
August 30th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 346
Views: 98250

Re: Eleven - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

The glass that has been installed so far does help diminish the sense that the precast panels of the facade are -- precast panels with punched windows. Somehow, the glass helps the fairly ornate detailing of the panels take on more of a stone-like look and feel. The light color of the panels - which...
by luigipaladio
August 30th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 21 North Washington - 27 stories - 300'
Replies: 55
Views: 11349

Re: 17 North Washington - CA - 27 stories - ~300'(?)

I suppose it's too much to hope that ESG will get really creative on this tower. This could be a serious reinforcement of the sense of the Hennepin Washington interesection really being a gateway to downtown a major point of passage on the Washington corridor. I'm surprised that CA Ventures is movin...
by luigipaladio
August 8th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics
Replies: 100
Views: 25782

Re: Eagan, Apple Valley, Burnsville - General Topics

Not sure what to make of night time lighting scheme for the new hotel at Viking Lakes. The basic shell of the building has some interesting elements, but the finishes and now the steadily shifting purple LED patterns that pretty much cover the face of the hotel are about as Vegas as they come. For b...
by luigipaladio
February 20th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station
Replies: 61
Views: 21364

Re: Root District - Farmers Market / Royalston Station

In the material on the panel that studied the A,B,C ramps, I see that there is a suggestion that workforce housing could top the B ramp and that the structural framing of the three ramps makes this kind of modification possible. They envision some urban farm space and solar arrays as possibilities a...
by luigipaladio
February 20th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin
Replies: 39
Views: 10343

Re: Vision Loss Resources Redevelopment - Lyndale & Franklin

Go for it, Lisa! This project is another ESG dip into the boring, mundane and worse. POO-POO may be too kind for this one. Sad, because this is a great location that could have taken a much more interesting project, perhaps something using the curve potential at the north end of the lot and stepping...
by luigipaladio
February 15th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 859
Views: 109042

Re: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics

Thanks for the photo postings today, Matt. Were you on the Wells Fargo tower or the Capella? It really is astonishing how much these views have changed already and how much more they will be changing in the next year or two. I was out of the state from 2000 to 2011. There had been modest changes to ...
by luigipaladio
January 8th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis - News & General Topics
Replies: 1851
Views: 363495

Re: Downtown Minneapolis General Topics & Development Map

Both of these buildings are handsome artifacts of their period. We’ve lost the very best from this time, but one or both of these could be worth saving if they are handled well. Perhaps either a park or a slender new building could take over the parking lot.
by luigipaladio
January 8th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Southdale Area - Edina
Replies: 763
Views: 125388

Re: Southdale Area Development - Edina

It looks like this drawing is simply a demonstration of relative volumes on the property to be developed. The block representing the tower appears to be nineteen or twenty stories rather than fourteen so either the drawing is an error of the note about it being a fourteen story tower is an error. In...
by luigipaladio
January 8th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: St. Paul RiverCentre Ramp RFP
Replies: 13
Views: 5840

Re: St. Paul RiverCentre Ramp RFP

“Ugly” is too kind for the Port Authority/Treasure Island proposal. This would be a colossal eye-sore. The project at the top of the page is in the same category as this beast - tasteless architecture that would be a setback for downtown St. Paul. The Mille Lacs proposal is dazzling - but perhaps, t...
by luigipaladio
December 31st, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Columbia Heights - Hilltop - Fridley - Spring Lake Park
Replies: 38
Views: 9528

Re: Fridley - Columbia Heights - Spring Lake Park

It seems that the only way Alatus can pull off any project is with heavy duty subsidies. $43 million for a six story apartment building with city hall on the main floor sounds like nearly half the cost of the building. It will be interesting to see if Columbia Heights can actually get Alatus to foll...
by luigipaladio
December 11th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'
Replies: 2058
Views: 300358

Re: RBC Gateway (Four Seasons) - 37 stories - 519'

It’s great to see the elevator cores of the Gateway project rising above ground and all the digging going on across the street at the Harlem Irving project. The worst damage of 1960’s urban renewal is finally passing away. A walk or drive down Washington towards the West Bank is astonishing and ener...
by luigipaladio
December 11th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')
Replies: 167
Views: 35881

Re: Alatus Residential Project - 228 South 12th Street (32 stories - ~348'/405')

Alatus and it’s failed projects is turning out to be one of the major development disappointments of the year. After tantalizing us with two well designed projects and then apparently abandoning both, it is hard to be interested in whether they will be able to pull anything of substance off. The Ard...
by luigipaladio
December 11th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Eleven - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'
Replies: 346
Views: 98250

Re: Eleven (Ryan Condo Tower) - 1111 West River Parkway - 41 stories / 550'

Way back when the towers of Cedar Riverside were under construction, there was a utopian plan for the area that included many more of the same style of towers edging towards the River and the West Bank Campus. There was also a plan to match the single condo tower that now stands above the bend in th...
by luigipaladio
December 11th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories - 393'/418'
Replies: 129
Views: 31828

Re: North Loop Green - Hines - 350 N 5th St(?) - 35 stories / 393'

There is a lot to like here - which I find particularly surprising with ESG at the helm. There are a lot of interesting elements to this proposal, And at first it seemed odd that they were not more cohesive, but giving the different elements distinct identities and character fits the neighborhood an...