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Old March 15th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #41
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Finally looks like there is some movement on the expansion. The MOA has just received $250 Million in tax breaks from the state of Minnesota that will subsidize the road, sewer, water and parking improvements necessary for the planned $1.2 Billion expansion of the Mall.

The plan will more than double the size of the mall from 4.2 million square feet (390,000 sq. meters) to 9.8 million square feet (almost 1 million sq. meters).

The plan has been in the works for years but was interrupted by the economic collapse of 2008.

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Old May 23rd, 2013, 03:11 AM   #43
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Oh, boy! Now MOA won't have just two of each store, but will have three, or even four!
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 08:19 AM   #44
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And if Bloomington Central Station housing and office development ever happens that would be even more awesome.

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Old May 23rd, 2013, 12:08 PM   #45
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Would the Phase 1 and Phase 2 together essentially create the largest shopping mall in the world (as measured by GLA)?

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Old May 24th, 2013, 06:04 AM   #46
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I think they also had plans for a performance theater and a straight hotel.
As opposed to a gay hotel?
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Old May 24th, 2013, 06:12 AM   #47
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This is great news! 9.8 million sq. ft.? Incredible. Should be Top 5 in the world unless someone in the Philippines decides to merge all their big-ass malls into a hypermall continuum!
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Old May 24th, 2013, 07:36 AM   #48
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Oh, boy! Now MOA won't have just two of each store, but will have three, or even four!
That's a problem with these big malls...a lot of redundency in retail stores. From the renderings of phase two, however, it appears more like a mixed use development with a smaller emphasis on retail. As far as the design goes, it looks fairly good in a generic, suburban sort of way. On the positive side, it somewhat downplays the terrible fortress-like exterior of the mall on it's north side with those awful adjacent parking ramps.
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Old May 25th, 2013, 08:46 AM   #49
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As opposed to a gay hotel?
Well that was some awkward wording there.

I'm pretty sure that's not quite what I meant, though that post is from 2 years ago already.
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As opposed to a gay hotel?
Good one.

But yes, there are gay hotels!
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Oh, boy! Now MOA won't have just two of each store, but will have three, or even four!
Plus the hotel. You can literally drop off your wife there on Friday evening and pick her up on Sunday afternoon. so she has all the time to do the "necessary" shoping
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Work has begun on the lowering of Lindau Lane (the road that runs through the middle of the rendering above in post #42). This will set the stage for the Mall's first piece of the expansion, called 1C, which is scheduled to break ground this Fall. It's a $250 million project that will have 50 new stores, new atrium for public events, another hotel with 330 rooms, an office building and will be the anchor point for the rest of the expansion.

Full story at TwinCities.com
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Two of MOA's four main corridors already have been upgraded. Next up is the overhaul of West Market, the wide corridor with the barrel metal roof. Its $10 million overhaul is slated to begin when the Christmas holiday season is over, and will require more time to rehab.

The renovation will add skylights to lighten up the gloomy corridor, remove the carpeting, streamline its design and remove some of the fussy and distinctive fixtures...
Noooo! Don't take away my second favorite part of the mall (after the now removed neon lights on the third floor).
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Mall of America expansion draws closer

November 15, 2013
By Beth Mattson-Teig

"...Part of the master plan has already come to fruition with the opening of Radisson Blu in March. The next step is to proceed with Phase 1C. Basically, the north face of the mall that exists today will push out farther over the existing parking area to accommodate three levels of retail, on top of which will sit a new luxury hotel and a 210,000-square-foot office building. Jones Lang LaSalle is currently marketing the office building, Mall of America Crossings. Phase 1C also calls for two levels of underground parking.

The $270 million Phase 1C is currently in for permit approvals at the city of Bloomington and the mall expects to start construction in either late December or early January with completion tentatively set for fall 2015. A key element to making the expansion work is the lowering of Lindau Lane, which is underway. Lowering the road basically allows the mall to build over the top of the road to fully connect the new Phase 1C and Phase II expansion of the mall.

Following on the heels of 1C will be the more grandiose Phase II. The mall expects to build the anchor pads first, including a department store and Bass Pro Shop. Once the anchor tenants are in place, the developer plans to tie them together with additional retail space, as well as added attractions such as a hockey rink and a waterpark hotel..."
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Old January 20th, 2014, 04:34 AM   #55
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Old January 20th, 2014, 04:49 AM   #56
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Ugh, that entire area surrounding the mall (including the mall itself) has got to be one of the bleakest, most uninviting spots in the Twin Cities. I drive by on Highway 77 everyday on my way to work, and it feels like I'm passing a Soviet industrial compound or something. It's depressing.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 07:11 AM   #57
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Ugh, that entire area surrounding the mall (including the mall itself) has got to be one of the bleakest, most uninviting spots in the Twin Cities. I drive by on Highway 77 everyday on my way to work, and it feels like I'm passing a Soviet industrial compound or something. It's depressing.
Could be worse, and I do think it has been worse. There's not really too much they can do height-wise with its proximity to the airport. That area is still quite disappointing, though. Just a sea of parking lots and a lot of single-story multi-tenant commercial buildings outside of the few taller suburban office buildings that are quite bland themselves.
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Old January 30th, 2014, 07:35 AM   #58
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That Radisson Blu is certainly quite unremarkable on the outside compared to the one in Chicago. It looks like a student dorm.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 04:06 AM   #59
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That Radisson Blu is certainly quite unremarkable on the outside compared to the one in Chicago. It looks like a student dorm.
The inside lobby isn't much better. Reminds me of a futuristic 70's movie.
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The Mall of America has closed on their financing of the next phase of expansion. A new JW Marriot hotel operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will also be a part of the $300 million project.

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