Pioneer Endicott redo proving a hit in downtown St. Paul

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 10:32 PM

Three 1889-1890 office buildings are being transformed into the luxury Pioneer Endicott apartments in St. Paul.

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johnnycgoodJan. 11, 14 8:55 AM

I must admit I would find a place like this attractive (living downtown) at the next stage of my life but not quite yet. I love living out in the country but eventually it'll get the best of me and be too much for me to keep up with. I just know suburbia will not be in the mix. Been there, done that, hated it.

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josephmJan. 11, 1410:28 AM

the Pioneer is the last surviving light-court building in Minnesota,” said Larry Millett, I believe the old Munsingware building at Lyndale and Glenwood in Mpls. would qualify as a light-court building Mr. Millet, check it out.

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redeye12Jan. 11, 1411:52 AM

Pent up demand for luxury apartments? Really? The surest way for most people to create wealth is to own property. Any trend back to renting for a lot of folks, especially the young, will have long term negative impacts on their future finances.

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supervon2Jan. 11, 14 1:30 PM

redeye-you hit it right on the nose. That is why Europe has two very distinct classes. Property owners and renters. Some towns have all the windows painted one color for a family that owns the buildings and another color for a different family. And you know what helps keep it that way? Government! Look here how government helped the owners get a good deal while middle class homeowners are chased out of their homes by higher taxes to support this. The government didn't make this building possible-rather it just made the owners richer.

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littlebootsJan. 13, 1410:08 AM

I am in downtown Saint Paul everyday, sadly. It's not a good scene, very empty, no shopping or retail, no nightlife. This building will not help this sad reality. There's some amazing lofts in some of those old buildings but until downtown gets a retail core or strip it will be a dead zone.

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lowertowntugJan. 13, 14 1:43 PM

I am astonished that the developers managed to keep the grubby hand prints of the incompetent city leaders and departments off this project.

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littlebootsJan. 14, 14 9:14 AM

@lowertowntug, I am with you on that one 100%. There should almost be a town meeting with the owners and a case study done on how they actually managed to invest and run a private business in downtown Saint Paul. It is truly astonishing. I guess 1 out of 1,000 people who have tried and been run out of the city have to fall through the cracks.

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