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Old December 23rd, 2014, 06:59 AM   #21
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Minneapolis, the Sweden of America?
Yes, there's definitely been a Scandinavian influence on this city! But I think it's also the serene and bucolic natural setting with all the parks, lakes, and rivers that influences architecture here. It's not dramatically beautiful, yet very beautiful in a mellow, low key way. It's unique in that way.
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 08:07 AM   #22
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As Janet Jackson once shouted in a song..... "MINNEAPOLIS!". Wow, this going up would be so cool. It's a terrific structure. I swoon.
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 11:41 PM   #23
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Nice simple design. Doesn't clash with anything & it doesn't look out of place.
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Old December 25th, 2014, 07:39 AM   #24
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I was lucky enough to spend a week in Minneapolis this time last year (yes, it was below zero the whole time, and yes I still consider it lucky) and really fell in love with it. Architecturally, it's very clean as evidenced by the ban on corporate signage, and I'd always been a fan of Wells Fargo Center, but there were a surprising number of great pre-war low-rises as well. This tower looks like it will fit right in... even if that outdoor deck in the winter months will probably be the coldest place in North America.
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Old December 25th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #25
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Come back this year Marshall, it's 34º F right now.
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Old December 26th, 2014, 01:30 AM   #26
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Positively balmy! If I did that, I might not leave; in my brief experience there, Minny easily vaulted into my top handful of mid-sized American cities (along with Seattle and Charlotte).

Any chance of posting the other proposals, just for comparison? And do you know when a decision is likely to be made?
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Old December 26th, 2014, 09:45 AM   #27
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Love the luminous crown. Hope it gets built.
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Old December 26th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #28
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Positively balmy! If I did that, I might not leave; in my brief experience there, Minny easily vaulted into my top handful of mid-sized American cities (along with Seattle and Charlotte).

Any chance of posting the other proposals, just for comparison? And do you know when a decision is likely to be made?
Here are the other proposals. Other people are more knowledgeable about the timeline than I.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincitie....html?page=all
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Old December 26th, 2014, 08:37 PM   #29
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Thanks! I actually quite like Mortonson's proposal with the spire as well, although the supertall version would be preferable. I agree that the other two are pretty forgettable. Fingers crossed those making decisions have similar taste!
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Old December 27th, 2014, 03:39 AM   #30
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Perfect for Minneapolis. Beautiful.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 09:45 AM   #31
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So this is that Nicollett redevelopment thing. New stadium, life downtown—Minneapolis is rocking!
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Old December 27th, 2014, 12:20 PM   #32
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Streetscapes: Appraising tall buildings proposed for Nicollet Hotel site

Of four proposals for a key downtown site, the tallest, most impractical one may also be the best.

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The bids are in for the Nicollet Hotel site. Public reaction seems to be: That’s nice; that’s nice; that’s — HOLY COW, EIGHTY STORIES?
Let’s take a look at the four proposals we’ve seen.
1. Close but no cigar, even though it resembles one. From Doran Developers, a modest bid. The big 30-story cylinder looks like a hinge for Nicollet and Hennepin — a nice way to link the streets together again after so many decades. But there doesn’t seem to be enough of it. The area isn’t exactly dense — there’s the Cancer Survivor Park across the Mall, the broad stream of Washington Avenue.
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/286880401.html
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Old December 28th, 2014, 01:39 AM   #33
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I guess I should show people from out of town why it's called the "Nicollet Hotel" block:



The Nicollet Hotel as it was known, was in the Gateway District of Minneapolis. Now long gone after "Urban Renewal." The entire district, including the park in the photo was torn down in the 50s, 60s, etc. They claimed it was a way to combat crime and homelessness in the area. We lost so many buildings to that and now the city is attempting to re-build it to be the gateway once again with new iconic, exciting buildings.

Here's another picture of the district, this block was called "Bank Row":



AND HERE'S THE BEAUTY THAT LIES THERE TODAY! WOW! The ramp is where the white bank on the furthest right was

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Old December 28th, 2014, 03:17 PM   #34
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KARE 11 discusses TV studio in 80-story Nicollet Mall tower proposal

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincitie...wer-duval.html


And they have a facebook page now

https://www.facebook.com/nicolletgateway
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Old December 30th, 2014, 01:22 AM   #35
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Here is a shorter proposal from a competing developer

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Old January 1st, 2015, 11:11 AM   #36
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Duval's project is still favored on public opinion polls conducted by Biz journal.http://www.bizjournals.com/twincitie...refer/16176021

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Results: Which of the four tower proposals for Minneapolis' Nicollet Hotel block do you prefer?

66%14%10%10%

66%
Duval Development: "Nicollet Gateway Tower" is an 80-story glass-clad skyscraper with a hotel, 220 apartments, offices and broadcast studios



14%
United Properties: "The Gateway" is a 36-story luxury tower with up to 300 residential units, a Hilton hotel and street-level retail



10%
Mortenson Development: "200 North Nicollet" is a 31-story apartment tower, seven-story hotel, five-story office building and a gateway plaza



10%
Doran Cos.: A 30-story residential tower with a separate hotel building, restaurant and retail space and elevated gardens
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Old January 11th, 2015, 11:05 AM   #37
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We've got a little bit more assurance on this one.........


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“I want to disabuse the notion that we are just a bunch of people dreaming up pretty pictures,” Duval said over coffee at the diner. “The market is strong, the proposal is sound and all of the people at the table are serious, analytical people who are ready to make it happen.

http://www.startribune.com/business/288099651.html
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Old January 17th, 2015, 07:29 AM   #38
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Old January 19th, 2015, 04:57 AM   #39
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Nice!
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 07:48 PM   #40
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This project is now dead, proposal was "deficient" and will no longer be considered by the city. The other three options are all around 30 stories unfortunately.

http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed...-off-the-table
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