by Ben Ganje
on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at 1:09am.
Through the boom of the early 1980s when downtown was a skyline of cranes busy working on multiple Minneapolis Condo developments numerous buildings surfaced such as The Crossings which tied the skyway system together on the north end of the city. There was also the dramatic Loring Green East and West at the south end of Nicollet Mall which was a massive project consisting of well over 500+ total units. On the other side of the river a 170 year old Kajima Corporation started work on La Rive in Northeast Minneapolis.
These buildings have stood the test of time but with anything starts to become dated as soon as construction is complete.
Recently homeowners associations have become keen to updating their common area elements with greater frequency, namely the entry and corridors of the building. The homeowners in favor of such practices argue that in order to have resale appeal to the buyer market their respective building needs to have some panache, and avoid being thoroughly dated. An easy case study of this is The Crossings.
Built in 1981 when Minneapolis lacked adequate office space and condo living this was not just the future of downtown Minneapolis—it represented the pioneering wave of migration back to the urban area. In addition to the development the building connected a series of skyways together to enhance the overall layout of the Minneapolis skyway system giving condo owners the ability to stay indoors during the cooler parts of the year.
As the years wore on well into the 1990s the common elements began to look dated. By the end of the first decade in the 2000s from the entry of the building to all of the hallways the building clearly looked tired. During this time the homeowners association board was saving for future capital improvements one of them being to update not just the lobby of the building but the hallways, elevator cabs and exterior entry to be consistent across the board. The updates took roughly 16 months to complete but are now done and are classy—truly a facelift to the building. If you ever drive along Washington Ave N look to the south after you pass Marquette to notice the updated entry of The Crossings!