Art-deco Minnesota Building re-emerge...

Art-deco Minnesota Building re-emerges to offer affordable rentals downtown

There are 36 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 23, 2010, titled Art-deco Minnesota Building re-emerges to offer affordable rentals downtown. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Residents will start moving into apartments at the historic Minnesota Building in downtown St.

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Since: Dec 10

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 24, 2010
Just hope the "Section 8" folks don't trash it...
jhs85

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 24, 2010
Ann_St_Paul wrote:
Just hope the "Section 8" folks don't trash it...
based on where i used to live before i got my house i can say within 3 years they will.. and when you walk into the place it will stink...just wait, you'll see.....
ContraryMary

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Dec 24, 2010
A good start on re populating downtown St. Paul. They need folks to unroll the sidewalks in the morning !, Ophs! That might not work as most section 8 folks, sleep till noon!
Gone Country

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Dec 24, 2010
I really home they get "good people" to move into the building but the way they have it marketed, and the incentives, i don't know if that will happen.
handay dandy

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Dec 24, 2010
What they could do is have the section 8 people clean the common areas, and shovel the sidewalks..!! Why should they get a free ride? I mean, if they do not hold jobs, and all they do is plop out one kid after another, let the clean and shovel.
RMN

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Dec 24, 2010
If there ever was humbug, you commenters are it.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Dec 24, 2010
This is not Section 8 housing! Where does it say the rent is free? Its subsidized.
Big Daddy

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Dec 24, 2010
$28 Million? Probably not a good investment. St. Paul was doing some good things to develop and have people live downtown. With this project, it will bring thugs and people with too much time on their hands. I know it is hard to imagine, but it is another government project gone bad....
Governor Silver Spoon

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Dec 24, 2010
"Sand Cos. has turned all but the first floor and part of the second into rental housing. Units start at $575 for studios,$740 for one-bedrooms and $1,094 for two-bedroom apartments. Most of the units are one-bedrooms."

It's been some time since I've had to rent, but on a less then $35,000 income -$575 for a studio is pretty steep. Yes, I am clueless about what rents cost these days. I just know people I know whose incomes haven't gone up in decades are paying even more then these amounts of rents to live somewhere. Some of these employers need to chart choking up more money to live on, or prices need to come down - on a lot of things. You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip, but we see it happening every single day. At least with the retailers - they get stuck with their merchandise if it costs too much. People HAVE to live somewhere and landlords are taking advantage of that to the hilt.
Governor Silver Spoon

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Dec 24, 2010
spectre000 wrote:
This is not Section 8 housing! Where does it say the rent is free? Its subsidized.
Rent is NOT free with Section 8 housing either. Subsidized means taxpayers are paying the rest over what is charged here. They're basing these rental fees on what is generally charged out there for rent, I guess. It is still subsidized by taxpayers.
AntiMelting

Garden City, MI

#11 Dec 24, 2010
When one Liberal project fails, they follow it with another.

Since: Mar 10

United States

#12 Dec 24, 2010
Governor Silver Spoon wrote:
"Sand Cos. has turned all but the first floor and part of the second into rental housing. Units start at $575 for studios,$740 for one-bedrooms and $1,094 for two-bedroom apartments. Most of the units are one-bedrooms."
It's been some time since I've had to rent, but on a less then $35,000 income -$575 for a studio is pretty steep. Yes, I am clueless about what rents cost these days. I just know people I know whose incomes haven't gone up in decades are paying even more then these amounts of rents to live somewhere. Some of these employers need to chart choking up more money to live on, or prices need to come down - on a lot of things. You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip, but we see it happening every single day. At least with the retailers - they get stuck with their merchandise if it costs too much. People HAVE to live somewhere and landlords are taking advantage of that to the hilt.
up in the north end of st paul (rice and maryland area), i'm paying 565 a month, plus electric, cable, and phone, for a 1 br apartment. last i knew, grand ave apartments for 1 br were like 650-700 a month + utilities.
observer

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Dec 24, 2010
It is wonderful news when an empty building in the downtown is once again occupied, no matter the economic status. We all profit from it. I hope the new owners will look at the "MINNESOTA BLDG" signs on the outer facades; they sorely need a new coat of paint. Rents are reasonable but parking will add to the cost.
Merry Christmas

South Saint Paul, MN

#14 Dec 24, 2010
RMN wrote:
If there ever was humbug, you commenters are it.
Thank you and, Merry Christmas!
adamh2o

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Dec 24, 2010
the other jim wrote:
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up in the north end of st paul (rice and maryland area), i'm paying 565 a month, plus electric, cable, and phone, for a 1 br apartment. last i knew, grand ave apartments for 1 br were like 650-700 a month + utilities.
Yeah, what's with all these comments like you're going to have derelicts moving in off the street? That's not really all that cheap. Maybe for downtown, but last apartment I rented in MN was in Maplewood and it was like $700 a month for a 2 bedroom, although that was 5 years ago. And in Australia I was renting a whole 3 bedroom house on the Gold Coast with an attached garage and a huge backyard for $1120 a month, so $1040 for a two bedroom apartment doesn't make me drop my jaw in amazement.

Since: Dec 09

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Dec 24, 2010
The rent for apartments in this building are pretty cheap. The average rent for market rate apartments in downtown is around $1100 a month. Most 1 bedrooms in Galtier or 111 Kellogg are over $900 a month.

The Minnesota Bldg is a good deal if you can qualify.
Yowzers

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Dec 24, 2010
the other jim wrote:
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up in the north end of st paul (rice and maryland area), i'm paying 565 a month, plus electric, cable, and phone, for a 1 br apartment. last i knew, grand ave apartments for 1 br were like 650-700 a month + utilities.
$650 -$700 for a Grand Ave apt? Please show me those properties since it's more like $900-$1200 last I checked.
dickskid

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Dec 24, 2010
if they put in a starbucks I'd never have to go outside.
Governor Silver Spoon

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Dec 24, 2010
the other jim wrote:
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up in the north end of st paul (rice and maryland area), i'm paying 565 a month, plus electric, cable, and phone, for a 1 br apartment. last i knew, grand ave apartments for 1 br were like 650-700 a month + utilities.
I thank God I don't pay rent now because we own a home that is paid for, but the last apartment I had was a 2-bedroom for $185 a month. The last month I lived there there were 2 rental increases that jacked up the rent to almost $400. I guess their way was to keep their rents low until their buildings were full enough and then they'd sock it to the residents - and at Xmas time no less. I moved out because as a single parent, I just couldn't handle that kind of increase. At the time it was way over half my income and I had a babysitter to pay also. I don't know how people make it today when you consider wages haven't gone up for so long. That little detail hasn't stopped prices from going up though. Had I not been able to move in with my parents for a few years, we would have been homeless. As it was, I even gave my parents almost all of my paychecks when I was living with them. My daughter and I had a night out at McDonalds twice a month and I couldn't afford anything else. My income went up substantially when I started working in Minneapolis. I couldn't find anything that paid decent in St. Paul. Your $565 seems reasonable when you consider the market rents out there, but it is still too much money taken from one individual.
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Dec 24, 2010
handay dandy wrote:
What they could do is have the section 8 people clean the common areas, and shovel the sidewalks..!! Why should they get a free ride? I mean, if they do not hold jobs, and all they do is plop out one kid after another, let the clean and shovel.
Such a wonderful sentiment on this Christmas. God Bless You.

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