Golfers could shout it (‘Fore!’) from Minneapolis parking ramp rooftops

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 5:54 AM

The thwacks of golf clubs might be heard eight stories above downtown Minneapolis if a proposal floated at City Hall on Tuesday moves forward.

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mord_moiDec. 10, 1310:20 PM

Sounds like a great ideas long as my monthly parking contract does not increase. Would be nice if current contract holders would be grandfathered in for our current monthly cost.

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janderson2Dec. 10, 1310:38 PM

Follow the $$$. These guys will be asking for government support without a doubt. No way to cash flow a 70 million dollar project defendant upon golf and related activities.

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christopherhaanDec. 11, 1312:12 AM

Really cool idea!!

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tcameron2000Dec. 11, 13 6:15 AM

I could see in a few years, after the venture is bankrupt, the city will take over operations to prevent it from becoming an eyesore and embarrassment. Maybe they have plans to find a sponsor like Target to make it work. Target Park.

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Willy53Dec. 11, 13 6:37 AM

Have they no shame? Do we need to blight our university architecture with this monstrosity? All in the name of golf? I support the U wholeheartedly but somebody has too much time on their hands. Public money for this idea is beyond irresponsible. It shows the university is allowing work to be done on projects that not only show it lacks discretionary ability regarding spending but lacks management oversight. Please, can we de-emphasize sport just a little? Does everything have to be driven by public money poured into sport? What a waste of effort and resources.

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fatredneckDec. 11, 13 7:45 AM

So they are going to heat a massive circus tent on top an open-air parking ramp in the middle of Minnesota winters, for golfing? This has to be a joke.

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tlefaiveDec. 11, 13 8:34 AM

I hope that $70M includes all of the renovations needed to the parking ramp(s) and surrounding area in Minneapolis to make it safe to walk/park, etc. I also assume that if someone is injured from a flying golf ball that the owners of this ridiculousness will be the ones who get sued rather than the city. The city/taxpayers should not be on the hook to modify existing infrastracture and/or lawsuits just to support a driving range in downtown.

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pic6325Dec. 11, 13 9:07 AM

Many many golf facilities have gone bankrupt in recent years. How long will it take before taxpayers are bailing out these guys.

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amcgraneDec. 11, 13 9:51 AM

What a waste of money! It Minnesota go out and enjoy winter activities.

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cwandersDec. 11, 1310:55 AM

This is downtown, it has nothing to do with the U or even public money for that matter. It is a private venture leasing air rights from the city. They city is not paying for this, private money is Meaning you taxpayers don't have any point to complain.

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