Riverside Plaza rehab gets going

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 5, 2010 - 9:10 PM

On the $90 million fix-it list: Crumbling copper pipes, a huge old boiler and peeling facade.

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RepublicanPunkMay. 5, 10 9:19 PM

The best renovation for a place like this is to knock it down.

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marcuskelleyMay. 5, 1010:16 PM

but this is a "project". And the "renovation project" should be to knock it down and move on (I'm with Rep.Punk). $90 million? Good money...

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uptowndanMay. 5, 1010:22 PM

How can all these housing problems be at all legal? Gasp, could it be because apartments aren't inspected and tenants in the city have next to no rights? Now we all have to chip in because the landlords were too cheap to keep up their end of the bargain and make sure these apartments were in good repair. Sad.

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itsmeddcMay. 5, 1010:34 PM
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essdee09May. 6, 10 5:37 AM

Do YOU own anything that's 40 years old that never needed serious maintenance? Give the guy a break. If he's smart enough to cobble all the money together, let him fix it up. If it wasn't for the size of this project, all you suburbanites wouldn't have a clue.

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whilomeMay. 6, 10 5:50 AM

They are a Minneapolis landmark, known in Vietnam, East Africa, and places far flung as a "Ellis Island" of sorts for new Americans. A place where people could start with familiar faces before "movin' on up" and out. Any place that's high density will have it's share of problems, but every person yelping, "knock them down" should answer this question: Do you want the 5000 plus residents to move on your block? Will you be Minnesota Nice and welcome new and different neighbors? Or will you head further into the hills, with Minneapolis being a place to come see the Twins and criticize on message boards?

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tbot2000May. 6, 10 8:33 AM

the Plaza should be at the end of cul-du-sac, beige and have a three car garage out in front... I'm a white male, born and raised in small town Mn. I lived at Riverside for two years in the late 90s when I attended the UofM. My friends and I rented a three bedroom. It was a great experience. We were on the 36th floor, floor to ceiling windows.. we could see the St. Paul skyline from our living room. People of all walks of like live there. For the price, it was wayyyy nicer than anything we would've gotten in the dinky town area. If you've never been inside the Plaza, you have no idea what you're talking about. I'm glad it's getting fixed up.

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SubGeniusMay. 6, 10 9:12 AM

"I always think of it as villages in the city," she said. "People know about Riverside Plaza on the streets of Mogadishu". This is a good thing why, exactly? They should be torn down in the name of DE-concentrating poverty. Isn't that the new trend?

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tiredbikerMay. 6, 10 9:55 AM

FALLING-APART BUILDING. Let it fail, just like the government have failed us.

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samiamMay. 6, 1011:37 AM

So the management company is spending $69,000 PER APARTMENT for "energy improvements" that they admit will take at least 50 years to pay off that the taxpayers will eventually be on the hook for. Plus they are "restoring" the hideous 70's multicolor panels. Here is a better idea. Come up with a 10 year plan to tear it down. There is plenty of housing available we shouldn't be pouring good money after bad. If it is such a great place that people want to live raise the rent to pay for improvements like everyone else does.

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