A diversion pipe is being installed this week to route water being pumped into of the Calhoun-Isles lagoon, marking the second straight year that step has been taken to protect the lagoon's ice.. Minneapolis public works officials will contract for a 12-inch PVC pipe to be laid to divert water being pumped into the lagoon from an upscale apartment building t 1800 W. Lake St. The city recently sued the building's owner over the discharge of groundwater from the apartment site into a storm sewer entering the lagoon. The city argued that pumping was only temporarily permitted during the building's construction in 2011. The diversion is an attempt to keep lagoon ice intact, according to Justin Long, an assistant parks superintendent. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced the diversion project on Wednesday but said the city is handling the contracting. It said the work will be completed by Jan. 16, and remain for about eight weeks. The diversion project will cost about … [Read more...] about Apartment drainage again diverted to Calhoun
More details emerged Monday on Mortenson's luxury residential tower, which will be built at Fourth St. S. and Marquette Av. in downtown Minneapolis by Golden Valley-based Mortenson. Last week, we reported that an LLC called 400 Marquette Property Owner purchased the site for $4.1 million. The LLC is actually an entity associated with New York-based American International Group (AIG), which is participating as a capital partner and owner of the project. A pricetag for the project has not been revealed. Called 4Marq, the tower will span 30 stories and feature 262 luxury units. It is expected to be completed by first quarter of 2016. The project's address is 400 Marquette Av. S. The tower will include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with on-site parking in an above-ground ramp. Amenities include pet-washing stations and dog run; a commercial-size laundry for larger units, as well as in-unit laundries; concierge, lounge space and commercial space; proximity to the Nicollet … [Read more...] about Mortenson proceeds with downtown apartment tower
Faye Dunaway wasn’t kicked out of her house; she didn’t want the silly old apartment anyway. Faye Dunaway denies she's been evicted from her New York City apartment. The Oscar-winning actress tells The New York Times ( http://nyti.ms/pOXpHX) she gave up the one-bedroom walk-up in May because it was in poor condition and she was spending less time in New York. The paper had reported her landlord had filed a lawsuit seeking to evict her from her $1,048 rent-stabilized apartment. The lawsuit claimed she didn't use the apartment as her primary residence as required by rent-stabilization rules. Dunaway says she got the apartment from her mentor, playwright William Alfred, who died in 1999. She says she's been working on donating his possessions to Brooklyn College, where he did his undergraduate work. The landlord's lawyer says Dunaway offered to hand over the apartment keys on Wednesday. That’s what rent control was designed for: making sure the star of … [Read more...] about Which movie star had a subsidized apartment?
The owner of an apartment building on Lake Street sued by the city for pumping groundwater into the Calhoun-Isles lagoon asserts that the city approved its plans. Lake and Knox LLC said in an answer to the city lawsuit that city reviewed and approved its building plans and specifications, which included included information about two permanent dewatering pumps each rated at 500 gallons per minute. The city asserts that Lake and Knox obtained temporary permits to pump water for its construction site at 1800 W. Lake St., but that it is now pumping illegally on a permanent basis. The city, later joined by the Park Board, is suing to block the discharge and recover damages. But lawyers for the apartment owner assert that the city expressly approved a storm drain permit, certificate of occupancy and building permit that involved permanent dewatering of the property. Lake and Knox said it applied for a permanent Department of Natural Resources water use permit after conferring with the … [Read more...] about Apartment owner denies illegal water pumping
A north Minneapolis apartment building that’s been vacant since it was damaged by a tornado in 2011 could soon be facing the wrecking ball. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the City of Minneapolis can forge ahead with plans to demolish the building, which has been at the center of a long-running battle between its owner and the city. In its ruling, the court rejected Mahmood Khan's argument that the city's decision to demolish the building was arbitrary, oppressive and unreasonable. Khan, the building's owner, also argued that he was not provided due process before the decision was made. In an interview Monday, Khan said he had no comment because he had not reviewed the court's opinion and had not heard from his attorney. At one point, Khan owned 50 buildings in Minneapolis' north side. Some have gone into foreclosure or faced demolition. In 2012, city records showed Khan's houses had racked up at least $112,654 in citations and vacant-building fees that he has … [Read more...] about City can demolish north Minneapolis apartment building