Today's article in the Star Tribune got buried pretty quickly on their web site under an avalanche of snow coverage. But it's interesting because it names six sites that Hennepin County has discussed and presented to the Twins for consideration.
1. "a 40-acre parcel near the new Target Co. campus in Brooklyn Park...along Hwy. 610 owned by a three-person limited partnership"
2. "property owned by the Star Tribune near the Metrodome"
3. "the Farmers Market on the near North Side of downtown Minneapolis"
4. "property along the Mississippi River near Dowling Avenue in north Minneapolis"
5. "an undisclosed parcel in St. Louis Park"
6. "the Brookdale Mall property"
I'm glad to see the Farmer's Market on the county's list. That would make a great site for a stadium. The view of downtown really is better from there.
The article also includes two nuggets worthy of further digestion:
County Board Chairman Randy Johnson said that he had recently met privately with a Hines Interests official to try to break the stalemate, but that he was unsuccessful. Hines, a Texas-based developer, reportedly owns an option on the stadium land through an agreement with Land Partners II and had previously announced its own redevelopment plans for other land surrounding the stadium.
But Johnson said he came away with few answers, including details on Hines' specific role in the stadium land's ownership.
"I kept asking, 'What's Hines' involvement?' " he said. "I never get very many answers."
The emphasis above is mine, but it could explain a lot. Perhaps the LPII folks are bound by some agreement they made when they thought the Legislature would never pass stadium legislation. Just a thought.
Next is Mike Kaszuba's characterization of LPII's reaction to the $13MM offer:
Spokesmen for Land Partners II have scoffed at the county's initial sale-price offer, saying the property is worth considerably more.
Scoffing is not really a good place to start negotiating. Rich Pogin asked me in a comment below what fuels my negative impressions of LPII's behavior. It's this sort of thing. (I've since begun a conversation with him which I hope to be able to share in this space very soon.)
Call for Ballpark Sites Redux
So the county has their list, and we have ours. Two sites have been added to our list from your comments:
7. Kmart site at Lake and Nicollet (thanks Andrew -- I love this one, but can't imagine the pieces falling into place in time)
8. Bryn-Mawr Meadows (near the impound lot, but not part of it)
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
Winter approaches. But one day baseballs will fly where now there are cranes.
Dedicated closed-captioning ribbon board
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.
The Overlook, as seen by outfielders
Look at all those flag poles! But wouldn't the one from Met Stadium look great just inside the gates in the middle of that entrance plaza?
The HERC promenade side.
At the base of the B ramp, the foundation for the center field stands.
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?
The main concourse.
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
More flowers, more pennants.
Section 237, Row 15 (top of the Trap)
This is a background image extracted from one of the blueprint pages. It's essentially a schematic of the park (Terrace Level). In it you can see the shape of the various seating areas (to a certain extent).
A portrait of the 573 Club.
Peering through Gate 34
Home Run Porch Terrace
This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.