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Old September 10th, 2016, 09:08 PM   #101
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I really, really hope this turns out like the rendering. It's got a sort of 70s "Sao Paulo chic" thing happening that could easily become another Nic on 5th if they skimp on details.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 09:11 PM   #102
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I really, really hope this turns out like the rendering. It's got a sort of 70s "Sao Paulo chic" thing happening that could easily become another Nic on 5th if they skimp on details.
I think it will look better than Nic on 5th as the massing is less boxy, it's taller , and the slender side of the building faces Nicollet Mall. Not quite as confident about how the fašade materials will play out visually in real life, but hopefully it won't look too cheap.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 01:14 AM   #103
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I wish Opus would dare to wear some balls and do something spectacular and create a high-breed with 4 components, apartment, condo, hotel and office uses as well as a better street presence. They don't even have anything at their Nic on 5th site. For me their best Minneapolis design has been the 5th street towers. Here is where it did work out well to have a phased development. This will be a disappointment for many including myself. But let's think positively that hey eventually it will be another block that will be developed, finally after 20 some years.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 10:18 AM   #104
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That's kind of what I was hoping for a couple years ago! One building....Something in the 50-60 story range with the 4 components included!
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Old September 12th, 2016, 02:07 PM   #105
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they only sat on their parcels for like 30 or so years...that surface parking was magical. so progress from opus.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 05:42 PM   #106
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This is a fairly tall infill building which will create a nice wall effect along 4th street. It helps increase the urban density of downtown which was basically destroyed in the 1950's and 60's. And I think when phase two is built along with The Gateway project, the north end of Nicollet Mall will look quite impressive, especially from a pedestrian perspective.

As far as a 50+ story project, It's not going to happen (obviously) along Nicollet Mall. However , there are still many sites downtown with potential for that to occur. I do think a taller building will happen sooner or later.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 07:34 PM   #107
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This is a fairly tall infill building which will create a nice wall effect along 4th street. It helps increase the urban density of downtown which was basically destroyed in the 1950's and 60's. And I think when phase two is built along with The Gateway project, the north end of Nicollet Mall will look quite impressive, especially from a pedestrian perspective.

As far as a 50+ story project, It's not going to happen (obviously) along Nicollet Mall. However , there are still many sites downtown with potential for that to occur. I do think a taller building will happen sooner or later.
I do agree with this, I just really hope that the Gateway happens. The addition of that building will make these towers (if the 2nd one gets built) look better.

Did anyone ever do a design of what these will look like with The Gateway next to them?
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Old September 13th, 2016, 12:57 AM   #108
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In my opinion if they are able to get Four Seasons on board then I think this would be pretty much a done deal. I don't think filling up apartments or selling condos(depending what they want to do with the residential component) would be that hard due to it's location especially when you will have a future streetcar station right at your doorstep.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 06:03 AM   #110
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Many people who live in those apartments also work downtown, so walking is their primary mode of transportation for commuting. And I'm sure the Blue Line is used by many downtown residents to get to and from the airport when traveling. It's very convenient.

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About the 50+ story building....Why not Nicollet Mall? It's the street level activity that you're looking for anyway, and the more density the more street activity I would think! I'm not saying however that a 60 story should occupy every block....just a thought!
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It's not a unique design, but attractive as a residential buildings go. Also, I think it will fit well in the area by presenting a different texture to the already diverse facades of the area. Also, the scale of the building succeeds in expanding the density of the area.

I was downtown the other day and snapped this - will be nice to see yet another swath of asphalt built upon. Way to go Minneapolis!


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Also, just biked by this morning, looks like they are starting 'demolition' of the parking lot.

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About the 50+ story building....Why not Nicollet Mall? It's the street level activity that you're looking for anyway, and the more density the more street activity I would think! I'm not saying however that a 60 story should occupy every block....just a thought!
There are really only two parcels left on Nicollet: The existing Target employee center at 10th and the existing YWCA at 12th. Target has "parked" their site for future development and we may eventually see a taller tower there. The Y site is interesting, though it would be a 1/4 block project (at best a 1/2 block project if the Continental is demolished).
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Old September 14th, 2016, 09:31 AM   #114
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There are really only two parcels left on Nicollet: The existing Target employee center at 10th and the existing YWCA at 12th. Target has "parked" their site for future development and we may eventually see a taller tower there. The Y site is interesting, though it would be a 1/4 block project (at best a 1/2 block project if the Continental is demolished).
They're doing significant renovation work on The YWCA, so I doubt it's going to leave anytime soon. The site at 10th and Nicollet does have lots of potential, however, unfortunately, Target built all that office space in Brooklyn Park. It will be a long long time before the employee center makes way for a high rise.
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thanks for the pics. nice to see that asphalt across from the library being torn up. that block in particular really stood out, was so barren for decades.

used to be a convenient parking spot back in my clubbing days...
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Old September 14th, 2016, 04:08 PM   #116
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They're doing significant renovation work on The YWCA, so I doubt it's going to leave anytime soon. The site at 10th and Nicollet does have lots of potential, however, unfortunately, Target built all that office space in Brooklyn Park. It will be a long long time before the employee center makes way for a high rise.
Maybe they'll sell some of that space (to their vendors and partners, perhaps) and decide to consolidate most of their office space downtown in an effort to stay competitive, since that's likely where the bulk of their Millennial workforce prefers to work.
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Maybe they'll sell some of that space (to their vendors and partners, perhaps) and decide to consolidate most of their office space downtown in an effort to stay competitive, since that's likely where the bulk of their Millennial workforce prefers to work.
That is my hope as well!!!
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Old September 18th, 2016, 03:49 AM   #118
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I got a little vertigo just taking this pic. Enjoy the view from 300 feet up.

Ritz block construction from 300 feet up Minneapolis 9-17-16 by Matt Bappe, on Flickr
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^Makes me wonder if they will tear the whole thing up and do some sort of landscaping like Opus did with the 5th Towers before Phase II was built. Or for that matter like the Accenture Tower.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 06:13 PM   #120
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^Makes me wonder if they will tear the whole thing up and do some sort of landscaping like Opus did with the 5th Towers before Phase II was built. Or for that matter like the Accenture Tower.
That was "old" Opus. This is "new" Opus. I'll bet they want the parking revenue.
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