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Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Postby seanrichardryan » August 20th, 2021, 8:17 am

The design is for the 31st St office. Looks like they're reusing the existing structural walls, but yeah big 1990s USPS vibe.
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Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Postby MNdible » August 20th, 2021, 8:43 am

Oh wow. Even with this commentary, I was not prepared for how utterly disappointing this is. The USPS used to care about design with innovative projects, but this is just a half-assed embarrassment.

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Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Postby martykoessel » August 20th, 2021, 9:45 am

Yeah, it's ugly as sin, but until the USPS is adequately funded, we can't expect it to put an extra cent into design. Everything they do nowadays is bare bones. A lot of taxpayers would scream bloody murder if the USPS "wasted" money on a nice building.

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Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Postby SurlyLHT » August 20th, 2021, 9:49 am

Honestly, I'm just glad to see it's getting built. I used to go to the Post Office on Bloomington Ave all the time and I can tell you these neighborhood's depend on these Postal Offices. Sometimes we have to recognize the function and need of building and put aside our differences about it's design. Also this is a small project, so its impact isn't going to be large.

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Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Postby minntransplant » August 20th, 2021, 9:55 am

Article about design for a new post office that was destroyed along Minnehaha Ave.

https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-li ... olis-riots
That is sad, especially considering that the nearby Wells Fargo is being redeveloped with housing and a community space. Was hoping for something similar with the post office location.

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Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Postby MNdible » August 20th, 2021, 10:25 am

Yeah, it's ugly as sin, but until the USPS is adequately funded, we can't expect it to put an extra cent into design. Everything they do nowadays is bare bones. A lot of taxpayers would scream bloody murder if the USPS "wasted" money on a nice building.
I'm not suggesting that they need to spend a lot more on the project, and I'm not suggesting it needs to be fancy. I'm stating that a good architect could organize the basic massing, elements, and material scheme into a building that has even an inkling of civic stature and doesn't look like a strip mall mailboxes plus.

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Re: Hiawatha-Lake - Minnehaha - Downtown Longfellow

Postby BBMplsMN » August 20th, 2021, 12:50 pm

White letters on a white building. SMH Good design doesn’t have to be expensive. And function doesn’t have to be basic.

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Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

Postby martykoessel » August 20th, 2021, 2:19 pm

That’s true. Even if starting with the old structure is a big hindrance, just a better color palette would help. OTOH, outside of the main branch downtown, I’m not coming up with a single local PO building that doesn’t range from bland to horrible architecturally. The USPS is to architecture what schlocky B-horror films are to the cinema...but less entertaining.

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Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

Postby MNdible » August 20th, 2021, 3:03 pm

Off of the top of my head, the University Avenue PO by Prospect Park, the Bloomington Ave and 31st St PO, and the Nicollet and Diamond Lake Rd PO are all modest structures, but at least it looks like somebody spent a little bit of time thinking about them. I'm not looking for a monumental building, but one that looks like it was designed by somebody who cares.

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Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

Postby Blaisdell Greenway » September 13th, 2021, 9:35 am

Looks like Hall Sweeney purchased the former O'Reilly and Dollar General lot on Nicollet between 35th/36th that burned down. Proposing a 5 over 1 with the top floor set back. 196 units, 148 car parking spaces, 196 bike parking spaces. Keeping only the south curb cut and adding a vehicle entrance from the alley. No commercial, which I think is probably fine, but there is a coworking space proposed.

I'm a big fan of their work - they're always very thoughtful and understand that details matter.

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Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

Postby grant1simons2 » September 13th, 2021, 10:29 am

Hey look, the site is updated on street view

https://goo.gl/maps/mKXy7BWfgHJ29Qze8

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Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

Postby rynet91 » September 13th, 2021, 11:35 am

Looks like Hall Sweeney purchased the former O'Reilly and Dollar General lot on Nicollet between 35th/36th that burned down. Proposing a 5 over 1 with the top floor set back. 196 units, 148 car parking spaces, 196 bike parking spaces. Keeping only the south curb cut and adding a vehicle entrance from the alley. No commercial, which I think is probably fine, but there is a coworking space proposed.

I'm a big fan of their work - they're always very thoughtful and understand that details matter.
This is super exciting! Any links to the plans also any info on retail space? It feels like a building this big should attract either a large store of some kind or a few smaller spaces.

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Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

Postby MNdible » September 13th, 2021, 12:42 pm

Great to see some movement at this location! It feels like the north curbcut location would be better -- avoiding some of the congestion that can happen closer to the intersection, but that's a totally minor quibble.

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Re: South Nicollet-Lyndale-Kingfield-Tangletown-Windom

Postby minntransplant » September 17th, 2021, 10:30 am

3536 Nicollet is up for "discussion" next week. Link to the packet: https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/download ... llet%20Ave


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