Developer Jerry Trooien -- A vision g...

Developer Jerry Trooien -- A vision gone bust

There are 27 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 5, 2011, titled Developer Jerry Trooien -- A vision gone bust. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Jerry Trooien's eighth-floor offices along St. Paul's riverfront offer a sweeping view of the city's West Side.

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the 2nd week of deer camp

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Feb 5, 2011
I remember his ads in the paper pushing for the BRIDGES OF SAINT PAUL project years ago.
Ummmm

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 5, 2011
I hope he wasn't proud of that building on Shepard Road in St. Paul. That place was a total dump and should've been condemned a long time ago. What a joke.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 5, 2011
What's weird is the Bridges website is still up.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#4 Feb 6, 2011
Seems odd that John Welbes, the PiPress columnist, mentions one software company that Trooiens was partners in, but fails to mention another one that Trooiens and Little Teddy Mondale co-founded.

Also, isn’t that the same software company that scammed millions of dollars from Hennepin County?

Now, why the heck would you think that the Mondale connection would not be mentioned?
Taxman

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Feb 6, 2011
Wow, sounds like this guy is heading towards becoming MN's next big household name (i.e., Hecker, Petters). When will it end
Fort Lauderdale Resident

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Feb 6, 2011
I really liked the Bridges project, but I wasn't sure if it was the right project for the west side of downtown. St. Paul is not a city that takes a lot of risks and the council was correct in turning this one down. Let's hope something just as impressive gets built in downtown proper. St Paul has some very impressive buildings, let's hope something more appropriate for downtown is built.
Welfare Sluut Jerry

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Feb 6, 2011
So Jerry Trooien owes millions in property taxes that the rest of us have to cover for.

Tax Foreclose and liquidate this crook now and get him out of my wallet. As they close those park recreation centers and schools on the East Side, thank homeboy Jerry.
Up a creek

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Feb 6, 2011
Jerry Trooien, tries to build a giant development in a flood plain. And does the equivalent with his finances. So now it rained Jerry. Looks like you want the public to bail you out.

No.

Liquidate.
denny

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Feb 6, 2011
you think i am a crook but this guy is worse than me!
Bill Hosko - Saint Paul

Hopkins, MN

#14 Feb 6, 2011
Some of you on here are behaving shamefully. The man had guts and some class. He became a success through hard work. He over extended himself, the economy had run up to record heights, there was a correction and it came back down. The man is paying for it. He's young enough, he will dust himself off. His wife was a class act. He's a great father to his kids. He will survive. Saint Paul could use more visionaries not less.

In response to Mr Benanov's comment that Saint Paul missed a close one with the Bridges of Saint Paul project and he was right to oppose it.

If Jerry had received the support he needed to begin with it may well have been built. Yes it would have had problems, not unlike Galtier Plaza and the World Trade Center, but it would ultimately have benefitted this city greatly. It's architectural style was noteworthy. Instead the West Side gets another Tatoo Parlour and a proposed bland five story apartment building on a prime riverfront corner.

Good Grief we deserve better than this.
Ryk

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Feb 6, 2011
Jerry,
here's hoping that you come out of this...there's a lot of sour grapes on this blog, probably from those that never accomplished anything in their life...from a fellow Harding grad
DRUNKENirishMN

Garden City, MI

#16 Feb 6, 2011
The worthless city council that blocked the Bridges project are part to blame.

The project would not only have made him buckets of money but would have also given life to a dead city.

Aside from the city council his luck took a downturn when he got the self endorsed, Don Luna involved.

What a self centered loser. His actions have nothing to do with the community, they have to do only with him slirping a job off of someone.

He's a hack.

Good Luck to you Jerry!
Too Bad

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Feb 6, 2011
I saw the Bridges model in the Comcast building. I thought the project is exactly what St. Paul needed to boost the economy. It would have created many jobs, affordable housing, and it would have attracted many people to the city. Not only that, but it would have livened up the city. The city sucks and there is nothing to do here nor does it attract anyone to it. I think the city council should be voted out. But since the voters are too stupid to do that, we get what we deserve...nothing!
e-boogers

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Feb 6, 2011
Funny the discrepancy by some between their treatment of the Trooiens of the world and everyone else. The worker who loses his job is castigated as a burden if he seeks unemployment assistance and is told to get a job. Trooien recklessly overextends himself making foolish investments but is mourned as a daring businessman who suffered unforseen misfortune during an economic downturn. It is not surprising therefore that in this kind of climate Wall Street gets bailed out, escapes real regulatory reform, and is back to business as usual, while the popular clamor is to gut the social safety net.
Citizen

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Feb 7, 2011
For all you people who were sold on a bunch of pretty pictures: it's a good thing Bridges was voted down otherwise the city would've been stuck with half complete or half empty development.
Bill Hosko - Saint Paul

Hopkins, MN

#20 Feb 7, 2011
Here it is a fine winter morning in Saint Paul. No one should take pleasure in the misfortune of others who want to 'Raise the Bar' in Saint Paul. Mr. Trooien will be back.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Feb 7, 2011
Too Bad wrote:
I saw the Bridges model in the Comcast building. I thought the project is exactly what St. Paul needed to boost the economy. It would have created many jobs, affordable housing, and it would have attracted many people to the city. Not only that, but it would have livened up the city. The city sucks and there is nothing to do here nor does it attract anyone to it. I think the city council should be voted out. But since the voters are too stupid to do that, we get what we deserve...nothing!
Trooien was asking for $100 MIllION in TIF to help finance it. That was insane. The taxpayers would've been left with the bill and would take 20+ years to pay off. No thanks. I love that Trooien has big dreams, and hope we get another big proposal in the future that makes better financial sense.
Nick

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Feb 8, 2011
Bill Hosko - Saint Paul wrote:
Some of you on here are behaving shamefully. The man had guts and some class. He became a success through hard work. He over extended himself, the economy had run up to record heights, there was a correction and it came back down. The man is paying for it. He's young enough, he will dust himself off. His wife was a class act. He's a great father to his kids. He will survive. Saint Paul could use more visionaries not less.
In response to Mr Benanov's comment that Saint Paul missed a close one with the Bridges of Saint Paul project and he was right to oppose it.
If Jerry had received the support he needed to begin with it may well have been built. Yes it would have had problems, not unlike Galtier Plaza and the World Trade Center, but it would ultimately have benefitted this city greatly. It's architectural style was noteworthy. Instead the West Side gets another Tatoo Parlour and a proposed bland five story apartment building on a prime riverfront corner.
Good Grief we deserve better than this.
It was a fabulous project that was shut down by a city council member on the take from a downtown hotel owner that feared the competition.
Saint Paul missed out on that one.
Queequeg

Saint Augustine, FL

#23 Feb 8, 2011
But did he use Hobbit Travel?!

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Feb 8, 2011
Nick wrote:
<quoted text>
It was a fabulous project that was shut down by a city council member on the take from a downtown hotel owner that feared the competition.
Saint Paul missed out on that one.
Do you have proof of that allegation?

Either way, there was no chance MAC was going to permit a 30 story hotel that close to the airport.

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