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by Andrew_F
February 23rd, 2014, 8:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 365 Nicollet (334' - 30 stories)
Replies: 624
Views: 112853

Re: Opus Ritz Block Development

I'm *really* not convinced that courtyard plazas have any sort of advantage over plazas that surround buildings. The problem in this area is the sheer number and size of the plazas relative to the number of pedestrians around, not to mention curb cuts and the monotony of land usage here. A well-desi...
by Andrew_F
February 23rd, 2014, 8:00 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site - 25 stories / 294'
Replies: 1054
Views: 137468

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

If you read the proposal closely they are teaming with Magellan that is building the LaSalle apt. tower in Loring Park. This could be great. I'm not sure where you saw this, as I couldn't find it in the Business Journal article, but if true, this would all but guarantee a relatively attractive and ...
by Andrew_F
February 13th, 2014, 12:56 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: The Eclipse
Replies: 461
Views: 44856

Re: The Eclipse

Thanks for the model, MBP. After looking at it, I have to ask, what do they plan on doing with the space on the pedestal that is blocked in? If the top level is just open-topped parking it will look pretty gross, but at the same time, how popular will a roof top deck be that is boxed in on all sides...
by Andrew_F
February 8th, 2014, 12:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 67280

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

The bus did indeed stop at the terminal proper.
by Andrew_F
February 7th, 2014, 1:51 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saint Paul Union Depot
Replies: 374
Views: 67280

Re: Saint Paul Union Depot

I guess I haven't been keeping up with this thread, as I was caught totally off guard when the driver of the Megabus I'm sitting on announced that the Saint Paul stop has moved to SPUD (aka "Saint Paul Transit Center", but hey, at least we're not going to "Minnessippi" this time...) Their weather se...
by Andrew_F
February 5th, 2014, 7:55 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Stadium Parking Ramp Development Site - 25 stories / 294'
Replies: 1054
Views: 137468

Re: Stadium Parking Ramp Air Rights Development

It's tough to make a call without knowing some more details on the cancelled Ryan buildings fronting 3rd. I think it's probably a good bet that if Ryan can't build over the ramp, we'll see those units on 3rd sooner rather than later. It's probably also a good bet that a midsize hotel will pop up wit...
by Andrew_F
January 6th, 2014, 9:13 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 400
Views: 57093

Re: Intercity rail to Chicago

Also, I wonder if at some point it would make sense to terminate the Empire Builder at SPUD and then through-connect passengers to Chicago. The EB's segment west of MSP is notoriously unreliable from a timetable perspective, and if a train got in late they could connect those passengers on the next...
by Andrew_F
January 2nd, 2014, 8:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Foundry Lake Street - (3118 Lake Street W)
Replies: 152
Views: 29966

Re: West Calhoun Tower Proposed (Tryg's Site)

Tough to beleive it makes economic sense to tear down a building that was so thoroughly renovated less than 10 years ago where there are tons of surface lots within just a couple blocks.
by Andrew_F
January 2nd, 2014, 8:38 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Elan Uptown
Replies: 422
Views: 53869

Re: Elan Uptown Phase II - (center and west blocks)

A crane for the north building popped up over the last week.
by Andrew_F
December 19th, 2013, 2:59 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 369402

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

Thanks, twincitizen. Per that document it looks like the building fronting 4th in front of the parking ramp is also not proposed as part of Phase I.
by Andrew_F
December 19th, 2013, 2:26 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 369402

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

I appologize for being a little behind here, but does anyone know which of the 6 residential buildings are actually proposed to be built concurrent with the office towers? Obviously all six residential buildings total much more than the 400 units that keep getting mentioned, but even the 400 unit nu...
by Andrew_F
December 19th, 2013, 10:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1597
Views: 292689

Re: Green Line (Central Corridor LRT)

Even now, with the line unopened, I think that University feels like a much more welcoming place to be. The streetscape is fantastic and much more enjoyable as a pedestrian, and while I haven't driven through during peak times, traffic has been, in my limted antecedal experience, no worse than it wa...
by Andrew_F
December 18th, 2013, 1:53 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: B Line Lake St Rapid Bus, Midtown Rail Transit
Replies: 584
Views: 63324

Re: Midtown Corridor

Another thing to think about re:interlining and double track is the possibility of a future Nicollet/Central connection. I understand MNdible's argument regarding not spending too much money on trying to future-proof for things that aren't going to happen for certain yet, but I think even in the mid...
by Andrew_F
December 13th, 2013, 4:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: DTE: Wells Fargo, Radisson Red, Edition Apts & Millwright Building
Replies: 2903
Views: 369402

Re: Star Tribune Blocks

Yeah, I don't think this project is "tower in the park" by any stretch of the imagination.
by Andrew_F
December 13th, 2013, 10:57 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 976
Views: 149774

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

There are severe FAA-imposed height restrictions on the property to the east of the MOA. This is also why the old DoubleTree hotel tower was demolished about a decade ago, because it was within the runway exclusion zone.
The Thunderbird!
by Andrew_F
December 12th, 2013, 2:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 400
Views: 57093

Re: Empire Builder

My westbound train last Friday, which left Chicago 2 hours late, ended up sitting just outside Midway for 40 minutes while we waited for the 16-hours-behind eastbound to do their layover. Good thing we have three platforms at Midway, so we can make one train wait outside the station for 40 minutes o...
by Andrew_F
December 12th, 2013, 12:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Mall of America - Bloomington
Replies: 976
Views: 149774

Re: Mall of America - Bloomington

A few new tidbits in that article that hadn't been mentioned before (at least to my knowledge):

--There will be a 2-story parking garage below the 1C expansion.

--The office building pictured in all the renderings is not actually being built at this time.
by Andrew_F
December 11th, 2013, 11:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: POLL: Fare free zone on campus or make the U-Pass mandatory?
Replies: 26
Views: 3199

Re: POLL: Fare free zone on campus or make the U-Pass mandat

I think it's ridiculous that the U doesn't require U-passes yet. Most of Chicago's urban universities require them (at double Metro Transit's price), and I've heard very few complaints. I would argue that transit has the potential to be almost as valuable at the U (at least after the Green Line open...
by Andrew_F
November 13th, 2013, 11:36 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Video Games
Replies: 155
Views: 16331

Re: Video Games

I still have it in Steam as well, though I haven't played it in a year or so.