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by bubzki2
June 10th, 2021, 1:28 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N
Replies: 59
Views: 20570

Re: O'Gara's Development - 164 Snelling Ave N

I saw what definitely appeared to be construction in the erstwhile O'Gara's retail space on Snelling today. I think the "yum!" ownership group is developing this. Seems like the right time to get going. This densifying area currently has a complete lack of watering holes except Augustine's, which is...
by bubzki2
June 2nd, 2021, 1:43 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Saint Paul - General Topics
Replies: 611
Views: 178125

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Aren't truckers just using this lot for sleeping, storing, transferring, etc.?

I had a car shipped in from out of state recently and the trucker used this lot for taking delivery. I hope there's more going on, though.
by bubzki2
May 27th, 2021, 9:56 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 34
Views: 9041

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

I wonder if the legal challenge would require posting bond? I really hope the opponents regroup and put their efforts to other areas like inclusionary zoning or other affordability measures instead of dying on this hill.
by bubzki2
April 26th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Carbucks
Replies: 18
Views: 4665

Re: Carbucks

What??? Need more details on this. Big if true.
by bubzki2
April 9th, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 34
Views: 9041

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

^ I could see this, actually. I still think the main reason this was denied (obviously in bad faith) was to draw attention to the real issue of housing costs. Changing the game mid-process was just wrong. Reconsidering if legally possible is actually a bit of a win-win here.
by bubzki2
April 9th, 2021, 9:55 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 34
Views: 9041

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

Alatus hasn't had luck with NIMBY opposition, have they? Here the city leadership really messed up and flagrantly flouted the law to make a grand stand of sorts.
by bubzki2
March 25th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp
Replies: 111
Views: 22714

Re: Federal Reserve Riverfront Parking Ramp

They mention why they decided to put up a fence?
by bubzki2
March 23rd, 2021, 8:12 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Rochester
Replies: 561
Views: 97911

Re: Rochester

Rochester should try to woo a college or larger UMN campus to help its vitality (maybe they did/are trying?). But I think it's mostly just a company town stuck in its old ways and the huge upper-middle class populations and good tax revenues paper over the massive car dependency and sprawl despite a...
by bubzki2
March 23rd, 2021, 8:01 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 800 Washington Av S (Guthrie ramp liner) - AECOM / City of Lakes Community Land Trust
Replies: 77
Views: 16657

Re: 800 Washington Ave - 14 stories - 173' (Guthrie Ramp liner development: Reloaded)

Reduction of underground parking seems like a plus. Far more units as well. The parking ratio must have gone way, way down. Honestly, not a bad outcome even though the previous proposal had more architectural creativity.
by bubzki2
March 18th, 2021, 1:54 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 34
Views: 9041

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

Yep, and they're scheduled to take it up again April 7. In this case I don't think the developer is looking to move on, but the council in my opinion had all the information they needed to rule on this instead of laying it over. It's a site plan review in the end.
by bubzki2
March 18th, 2021, 8:31 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)
Replies: 34
Views: 9041

Re: Alatus Development - 411-417 Lexington Pkwy (MNDOT Snowpile site)

I am starting to get the feeling the Council is trying to kick this can as long as possible so they don't have to go on the record supporting/opposing (its site plan!). By the time they officially make up their minds the developer and its financing might have moved on. All kinds of problematic stuff...
by bubzki2
March 16th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units
Replies: 11
Views: 1903

Re: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units

St. Paul has extreme and consistent NIMBYs of all ages and demographics. Oddly both in favor and against housing. Change = bad! Too tall, too expensive, too cheap(?), neighborhood character!, too much traffic (it's already so bad!), blocks my view, blocks my sunlight, students ruin everything, I sup...
by bubzki2
March 16th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units
Replies: 11
Views: 1903

Re: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units

That surface lot was the most unpleasant place to park/hunt for parking. They might have been better off just relying on street parking at least from a convenience perspective. Not to mention the hole in the urban fabric it has created.
by bubzki2
March 8th, 2021, 4:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 1117
Views: 186551

Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Access-controlled roads and urban grid streets are far too often lumped together as it relates to this discussion. They are totally different beasts. Even 30 is too fast on city streets and in my opinion (and based on design speed) 55 is too slow for many freeways and it shows. Heck, have you even n...
by bubzki2
March 5th, 2021, 2:20 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - General Topics and Citywide Issues
Topic: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan
Replies: 217
Views: 54151

Re: Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Zero need for DC fast charging in residential. DCFC is basically for highway trips and occasional use for those who don't have slower L1/L2 charging. IMO just getting circuits put in (not that expensive) and allowing for 110/220 plugs really won't add much cost at all. As usage bumps, the cost can b...
by bubzki2
March 3rd, 2021, 3:55 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2498
Views: 319021

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

DCFC (DC fast charging) charging infrastructure is a solvable issue and frankly totally separate from bus rolling stock issues. I will be looking into this more as I'm able.
by bubzki2
March 2nd, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2498
Views: 319021

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Some are saying Met Council tried the locally-made (but less known) New Flyer buses and didn't have good luck with early production models. Might be shell shock from this? There are great, reliable brands other than New Flyer, such as Protera. My only other thought is maybe the corn lobby is heavily...
by bubzki2
March 2nd, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)
Replies: 2498
Views: 319021

Re: Public Transit News / Current Events (MN only)

Met Council considering abandoning electrifying its bus fleet after promising it would do so back in 2018: https://www.startribune.com/biodiesel-n ... 600029359/
by bubzki2
February 10th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Greater Minnesota
Topic: Civic on First - Rochester
Replies: 9
Views: 4881

Re: Civic on First - Rochester

The building is a good use of the land, but it's sort of on an island due to Civic Center and the RR tracks. I hope it leads to even more development particularly along Civic Center and maybe some ped improvements (there isn't a continuous sidewalk along this road for some reason).
by bubzki2
February 8th, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)
Replies: 4689
Views: 476586

Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

We can rightly criticize the alignment for the SWLRT. That said, from that video one can see that there are quite a few improvements to the Cedar Lake trail with grade separated crossings along the corridor. Beltline and Wooddale were both badly needed.