Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby DanPatchToget » June 8th, 2019, 6:13 am

Here are a few screenshots from a SLP council study session packet about SWLRT updates. Noted are these images of the Cedar Lake Regional Trail Bridge over Beltline.
ImageSelected screenshots of Beltline trail bridge by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
Above, aerial image of the entire bridge in the current context. You can barely see the stairs on the other side coming down to the street level.

ImageSelected screenshots of Beltline trail bridge by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
Above, looking up and to the south along Beltline.

ImageSelected screenshots of Beltline trail bridge by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
Above, a view from the future development north of the Beltline Station. Showing a panorama in the distance of Excelsior and Grand on the left over to the waterpower on the right. Park36 stands out too.

ImageSelected screenshots of Beltline trail bridge by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
Above: The view going up the bridge from the west.

ImageSelected screenshots of Beltline trail bridge by Eric Anondson, on Flickr
Compare the current proposal at night (chain link fence, no lights), above.
Below, with the view at night of the debated "improve" bridge. The city will be discussing adding improvements like evening lights and replacing the chainlink fencing with sturdier and more attractive fencing.ImageSelected screenshots of Beltline trail bridge by Eric Anondson, on Flickr

I dunno, is it too late to *not* do the rail tunnels through Kenilworth and do a trail bridge like this instead? Save a hundred million? This bridge is about a quarter mile long. *shrug*
Super late commenting on this, but is Czech Railways going to be operating Southwest LRT? ;)

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Anondson » June 10th, 2019, 7:28 pm

It feels like this could as well go here. Park Nicollet/Healthpartners received a donation to expand their eating disorders care clinics. Eventually paying for a fourth floor to be added to the Melrose Center at Belt Line Blvd and 36th/Monterey.

http://www.startribune.com/healthpartne ... 511094142/

I’ve imagined the larger mini-campus around the Melrose Center would be filled in with development someday.

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby rmc » October 8th, 2019, 9:23 am

I thought this was interesting and the forum could be a place to get some ideas. Kenwood Gymnastics has been told their lease will end because the current building owner is looking to sell/redevelop the property. Kenwood would like to find/build a new facility nearby. From the owner:
It's been 9 years since we opened our doors. One of the things I am most proud of is the sense of community I feel in the gym. I am reaching out to our community for some help/input. Our landlords are planning on selling our building and we have been told we have only two years left on our lease. Thus, we are actively searching for a new location for our gym. I do not want to move farther than 1 mile from our current location. This makes things tough, since the reason we are losing our lease is there are plans to redevelop most of the available locations along the new light rail corridor.

At this time we are looking at three options:
1: Buy a lot and build our own gym
2: Buy an existing building and retrofit to our needs
3: Lease a gym space.

There are some restrictions we have on the buildings we are looking at. We want a space at least 18,000 square feet with ceiling height of 18 ft. We also must have 40 feet clear from support posts. This is the current span between support beams in our gym, which is not optimal, but we have made it work. We plan on digging pits for the gym, so this must be agreed to if we are leasing. Also, as mentioned earlier, I don't plan on moving more than 1 from our existing site, and the closer the better.

If you or people you know have any experience in real estate or know of any properties that might fit our needs please let me know. Also, feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Anondson » October 8th, 2019, 10:00 am

Their building is in a great spot for redevelopment.

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Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Anondson » June 1st, 2021, 2:22 pm

Opus has a proposal across from Bass Lake Preserve, replacing a 1- and 2-level industrial warehouse.

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/ ... posal.html

It is the building Kenwood Gymnastics is leaving before they take over Roller Garden’s space.

5-story and 250 units. There will be commercial space. Could open in 2023, break ground in September.

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Anondson » July 16th, 2021, 2:18 pm


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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Anondson » September 1st, 2021, 2:08 pm

Right down the street the next office over…

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/ ... -park.html

Seems like there will be development from the station right down to Excelsior and Grand

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Ubermoose » September 2nd, 2021, 8:40 am

Is that the old Comcast building?

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Anondson » September 2nd, 2021, 9:51 am

It is!

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby twincitizen » September 2nd, 2021, 3:15 pm

As long as I've been aware of SWLRT and planning/development in general, as well as being an Excelsior & Grand fanboy, I've believed that there needs to be more intentional thinking/planning for how to get folks from E&G to the station. At about 3/4-mile from the center of E&G (and not exactly direct), it's really only walkable for the most physically able and willing. And local buses that run less frequently than the train would not seem sufficient. It really seems like the perfect case for using those autonomous shuttle buses (Local Mile I think it was called?) that MnDOT demo'd when the Super Bowl was here. A short loop, serving E&G, Park Nicollet, and the station, would seem to get the job done. It's a unique need that demands fairly high frequency, but relatively low capacity per trip. An autonomous minibus would seem to check a lot of boxes to get it done.

That or heated, moving sidewalks ;)

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby VacantLuxuries » September 3rd, 2021, 11:48 am

Belt Line is getting a 4-3 conversion which should help make it a more pleasant walking experience. Doesn't change the need for a transit connection, but it's a start.

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Re: Beltline Station Area – St. Louis Park

Postby Anondson » September 3rd, 2021, 12:41 pm

I’ve wished the superblocks here could be sliced divided up a little more, help disperse the driving, or give people not in cars ways to cross to the other side without going a long way around. Like a link between Park Glen and 35th St, or between 35th and 36th.


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