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

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

Postby twincitizen » March 15th, 2021, 6:44 pm


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

Postby Anondson » March 15th, 2021, 6:55 pm

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

Postby VacantLuxuries » March 15th, 2021, 8:49 pm

I can't wait for this episode of WedgeLive

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

Postby alexschief » March 16th, 2021, 6:28 am

“I was so naive last time,” Kenefick said Monday. “I thought we’d all just get together and have some chicken wings and talk about it, and all of a sudden I was like Frankenstein getting chased by the villagers.”

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

Postby bubzki2 » March 16th, 2021, 9:47 am

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.

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

Postby twincitizen » March 16th, 2021, 11:30 am

It kinda feels like St. Paul is in a weird transitional period of development politics, where a solid majority of the city council is broadly supportive of any dense development on transit corridors, lowering parking requirements, etc. But NIMBYs and neighborhood/business orgs seem stronger/louder than most of their Minneapolis counterparts these days. In Minneapolis, it has begun to feel that development opponents have mostly given up, and you just don't see strong/organized opposition anymore. I think this trend was in motion pre-'2040' debate/drama, but has only accelerated since approval of the 2040 plan. Development opponents in Minneapolis seem to not even bother anymore, perhaps with the exception of folks who literally live next door to a big project. And even then, their appeals to the PC/CC are pretty much ignored. In St. Paul, loud/organized opposition from residents and business owners who don't even directly abut a property seem more commonplace, even though the City Council is likely pro-development enough to approve just about anything.

Those of you who live in St. Paul, does that analysis ring true? Am I missing anything?

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

Postby bubzki2 » March 16th, 2021, 12:28 pm

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 support density (just not here), kids will get hit by cars from the extra traffic/cars, people don't ride bikes or the bus, and so forth ...

Where will they/I park the F150? My garage won't fit it and I want to park directly in front of my house!

Parking, parking, parking.

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

Postby twincitizen » March 17th, 2021, 10:24 am

Villager has a story up, along with a rendering: https://myvillager.com/2021/03/17/plan- ... s-on-grand

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

Postby mplser » April 11th, 2021, 5:57 am

I REALLY hope they just didn't want to shell out the extra dough for a colored rendering, and aren't planning on building a monotone gray box

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

Postby Mdcastle » April 11th, 2021, 7:05 am

I'm guessing they're doing the standard finish of most buildings nowadays and when it's time, will go out and buy five or six different small quantities of leftovers Home Depot has on sale in order to get enough material to finish one building.

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

Postby seanrichardryan » April 11th, 2021, 7:31 am

Here are some images from the presentation via @danmarstp https://twitter.com/DanMarStP/status/13 ... 8206246914
Front on Grand
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Alley side
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'Winter'
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Re: 695 Grand (Dixies - Saji-Ya site) - 5 stories, 81 units

Postby minntransplant » April 12th, 2021, 8:59 am

Those new renderings are stunning. But I'm sure someone will convince themselves it is really ugly.


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