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This sounds like a win-win for everyone, provided that the cost of moving the building isn't outrageous. I'm a historic preservation crazed type of person, but this seems legitimate. This apartment project will be a huge boost to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and to the whole West Bank area, filling in a couple of ugly vacant lots near an LRT station. FYI - you have the wrong building in the photo. The building to be moved is 1500 6th St, across the street from the one pictured.
To twincitizen1: I'm in your camp. P.S. The building in the photo is absolutely beautiful (hope its not being slated for removal).
The above comment should've read- I'm *not* a historic preservation crazed person...big oops on my part
Now if Bianca could only get rid of that pesky Mixed Blood theater she could start on phase two.
Excellent solution and, yes, if it is somewhat cost friendly. Those are the buildings that I really enjoy.
This is the least of our worries at this point. Our mayor and city council have failed us badley and this might have been feasible years back with the downtown in it's heyday but not now. The other big building we moved on Hennepin ave still sits empty. Folks we are in money troubles and the fact that the mayors and their council folks ignore is the crime downtown has lead to pretty much NO retail and when you have to serve your food from a wagon or trailer because rent is so high. We need this like a hole in the head and everyting has it's time and this building has also. We need to have a volunteer fund for these projects, as I for one, think this is a huge waste of tax payer money. I mean why preserve buildings if you don't teach history in school!
How much is it costing taxpayers? I didn't read in this article anything that indicated it was costing taxpayers money.
It's kind of irrelevant at this point if moving the building is being paid by taxpayers or by the developer. This project has soaked so many subsidies already (cleanup, TOD grants, etc) it just needs to happen. If the old building can be moved at reasonable cost, great. If not, tear it down. Getting this apartment project done will be much more beneficial to the area than one old crusty vacant building. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
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