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by BigIdeasGuy
July 27th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: The Expo - 215 2nd St SE (285' - 26 Stories)
Replies: 130
Views: 35544

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

1. Are we at the point where we can spilt the Doran development off to it's own thread. 2. This looks like the stump 20 story version of Galtier Plaza with less glass. 3. I'm with Mr. Shoes on this one. The whole project could have been amazing with two skinnier towers on opposite corners of the blo...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 14th, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ - Sora Apartments & Parking Ramp
Replies: 163
Views: 33611

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

Legally, yes. There's nothing in the zoning code that says proposals have be a certain level of grandeur. Approving new buildings isn't a policy decision, it's a quasi-judicial decision that the plan meets all applicable zoning codes. If the building is allowed by zoning, the city legally has to ap...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 13th, 2017, 7:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ - Sora Apartments & Parking Ramp
Replies: 163
Views: 33611

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

If it needs variances there's no room to negotiate, that's not how variances work. If it needs a CUP, that gives the city a little more bargaining power but still not very much. So, for the most part, everything you're asking the city to demand is something the city has no legal basis to demand. Ok...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 13th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ - Sora Apartments & Parking Ramp
Replies: 163
Views: 33611

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

No, try again. That should be the city's response to this turd of a proposal. If they are going to insist on the 600 park spots they city should insist that apartments cover the entire exterior at a minimum if not higher and a decent amount should be Section 8/low income/workforce housing. Along wi...
by BigIdeasGuy
July 12th, 2017, 5:07 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Old Thrivent HQ - Sora Apartments & Parking Ramp
Replies: 163
Views: 33611

Re: Thrivent's Surface Parking Lots

No, try again. That should be the city's response to this turd of a proposal. If they are going to insist on the 600 park spots they city should insist that apartments cover the entire exterior at a minimum if not higher and a decent amount should be Section 8/low income/workforce housing. Along wit...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 26th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Commons - Downtown East Park
Replies: 687
Views: 98025

Re: The Commons - Downtown East Park

One of the ideas I had a few years ago was to turn 5th into a Greenway between the Commons and Target Field. Widen sidewalks, add bike lanes, plant a bunch of tree and add other landscaping, etc. I realize with the parking ramps that have access on 5th there would still need to be a few cars but the...
by BigIdeasGuy
June 24th, 2017, 12:56 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Riverview Corridor Streetcar
Replies: 848
Views: 85238

Re: Riverview Corridor (Alternatives Analysis)

How is possible that using the CP spur between Randolph and the Davern only saves 1 minute compared to using W 7th? Especially if the streetcar is running in mixed traffic during that time. The CP spur adds .2 of a mile to the length but shouldn't more than made up for running in a dedicated right o...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 24th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: 2700 University Avenue Development
Replies: 144
Views: 32200

Re: 2700 University Avenue Development

As I was waiting to board the Green Line at Westgate yesterday I notice first floor windows of this building had a "coming soon" with a bunch of cocktails on it. I have no idea if it's going to be a full restaurant or just a bar.
by BigIdeasGuy
April 22nd, 2017, 8:12 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 512
Views: 76902

Re: Mayo Clinic Square

Why not? His wing can be right next to Chris Pratt wing and across from the Jessica Biel and Winona Ryder wings.

I can't believe I missed this last night but a decent amount of space would need to be dedicated to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
by BigIdeasGuy
April 21st, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Mayo Clinic Square
Replies: 512
Views: 76902

Re: Mayo Clinic Square

I'm just spit balling here but how cool would it be to have a museum dedicated to pop culture in Minneapolis/Minnesota and how it intertwines with American pop culture across from First Ave. Obviously a decent part would be Prince and Bob Dylan related but you could also cover the history of Minneap...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 21st, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Rafter - 333 Hennepin Ave E (290' - 26 stories)
Replies: 328
Views: 68993

Re: Mortenson / USBank site - 333 Hennepin Ave E (~28 stories / 280 units)

I know this is an unpopular opinion here but I kinda like the design including the windowless elevator tower. Simple, straight forward, it knows what it is and wants to be and does that very well. The frontage along 4th St on the other hand is unacceptable. Street level retail absolutely needs to co...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 11th, 2017, 7:17 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 836
Views: 96295

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

While I think that Doran is capable of building good projects I agree that he isn't the developer that's going to take the risk to make this a truly amazing area. Just western block alone has a ton of potential, thinking about it at work today there should be 2 towers on that block alone. At the cor...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 10th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis - General Topics
Replies: 836
Views: 96295

Re: Northeast (and Southeast) - General Topics

If I read the Journal piece correctly, and the Journal is reporting it correctly, Doran and CSM are only planning a single tower of 18-20 stories, in the 4th paragraph Doran say the includes A tower. I really like the fact they are wanting to include a variety of different housing types but they are...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 8th, 2017, 8:02 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 785
Views: 110649

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Where the owners make their money is the increase in the value of owning the franchise. This is true for pro sports teams in general, not specific to MLS. NBA and NFL teams easily make enough money from TV deals to be profitable. That's the part of the MLS business plan I don't get. In 2015 MLS sig...
by BigIdeasGuy
April 8th, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: Prospect Park - General Topics
Replies: 192
Views: 46781

Re: Prospect Park - General Topics

If everything proposed in the area gets built it will be interesting to see what the Teamsters do with their building. I would imagine at some point a developer would by and make them say no to a really big offer.
by BigIdeasGuy
April 5th, 2017, 8:29 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 785
Views: 110649

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

I'm certainly not an elite MLS business mind but I do know that running a MLS team to be profitable yearly is can be tough, not impossible but tough. Where the owners make their money is the increase in the value of owning the franchise. The theory is so what if I lose $500,000 on the yearly operati...
by BigIdeasGuy
March 11th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market
Replies: 1072
Views: 197121

Re: Downtown Minneapolis Office Market

Going back to the news that RBC is looking at moving it's worth noting that the Pohlad Family Foundation, and presumably the family offices in general, are located in RBC Plaza. I'm not saying it's going to have an impact on the Gateway block in anyway but I thought it was worth noting.
by BigIdeasGuy
February 25th, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: Saint Paul
Topic: Allianz Field and Snelling-Midway Development
Replies: 785
Views: 110649

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Rainbow set to come down May 16th. Full permits by September.
I might have missed it but I haven't seen that reported anywhere. Source?
by BigIdeasGuy
February 25th, 2017, 9:06 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown (and LynLake) Development & General Topics
Replies: 1082
Views: 182817

Re: Uptown General Topics & Development Map

I've always thought a smaller scale of Kansas City Live! would work great on that parcel. Have a few levels of bars and restaurants lining Humboldt and Holmes with a covered (maybe retractable?) courtyard in the center that faces Lake Street. Add in a 6 story apartment building along Holmes on the s...
by BigIdeasGuy
February 22nd, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Mozaic (all phases)
Replies: 581
Views: 74470

Re: Mozaic (all phases)

I totally agree with Ackerberg approach. I understand wanting to get rid of parking lots, empty lots, etc. ASAP but personally I would rather have fewer amazing, creative, ambitious projects done really well than more bland, standard, cookie-cutter projects completed. If you give me the option betwe...