Luxury Casino Pitched for Block E

Developer Bob Lux is pushing for a “Luxury Casino” in Block E


Photo: Jennifer Simonson, Star Tribune

Bob Lux is most know for his involvement in developing arguably the two highest end high-rise condos in Minneapolis, the Carlyle and Grant Park.

According to the Star Tribune “Lux’s company, Minneapolis-based Alatus LLC, issued a statement Tuesday saying that the developers have been vetting all manner of ideas for Block E, which is adjacent to the new Twins ballpark and Target Center.

Suggestions for the site have included restaurant, retail and entertainment options, as well as a limited-footprint, sophisticated, best-in-class gaming component similar in style and experience to the Bellagio or Wynn” in Las Vegas, Alatus said, adding that it “will be continuing to listen, discuss and explore all ideas.

It’s unclear who would own or operate the casino. Such a project would require approval of the Legislature, and possibly an amendment to the state Constitution.”

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Renting at The Carlyle: Masterpiece Home

Rent at The Carlyle 

Rare opportunity in The Carlyle highrise downtown Minneapolis: 32nd floor Carlyle Masterpiece Home corner unit for lease with the best views in Mpls! This corner condo features floor to ceiling windows throughout with spectacular views of the downtown Mpls skyline, Mill District and Mississippi River, gourmet kitchen with large island, master suite with beautiful bathroom and huge walk in closet (with orgainizers), large balcony with gas outlet, window treatments throughout and more!
Address: 100 3rd Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55401 Listing
Type: Rent
Property Type: Condo
Interior Size: 1600 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 2 room(s)
Bathrooms: 2 room(s)
Garage Size (# of cars): 1 (Option for 2nd)

Price: $3750
Terms Available: 12 month lease
Move-In Date: 5/1/2011
Deposit: $3750
Pets: No
Utilities INCLUDED: All utilities included except for electricity and premium Direct TV
Application Fee: $75 Per Person – Gittleman RHR

Current Available Caryle Rentals

Amenities:
Pool, Spa, Bonus Room, Living Room, Dining Room, Fireplace, Balcony, Security System, Garage Door Opener, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-In Closets, Panoramic View, Patio, Central Air, Master Bedroom, Gourmet Kitchen
Local Area Information:

The Carlyle is located in the heart of the Mill District area, right at the 3rd Avenue Bridge taking you to St. Anthony Main. With Skyway access just one block away and Light Rail Station just 5 blocks away, this is a perfect location for downtown business executives who travel. Easy access to Mpls parks and trails, highway system, fine dining and shopping.

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Time to Get in Shape: Top 5 Condo Gyms in Minneapolis

DTM5: Top Five Minneapolis Condo Gyms

 via: South-of-Canada

Pinnacle FallsPinnacle Falls Gym

Downtown Mike knows the condo scene, really well. Actually, he knows things you probably don’t even realize you need to know. Mike will regularly feature his top 5 in any given category, hence, “Downtown Mike’s Top Five (DTM5)” Which will come in handy as a resource when you or a friend are looking to move downtown. This week we start with the top 5 gyms. Because healthy living is the way to go.

You’ll be impressed by the options each of these condos offer! Living downtown is a pretty sweet deal…

1. 100 3rd Ave S (Mill District): CarlyleCarlyle pool gym
Features: Praxis Healing Spa is attached to the gym (Here you can get a massage, get your nails did, hot stone massage, acupuncture, etc.) They also have a Yoga/Pilates room and classes. 24 Hr Fitness Center (windows overlooking pool), tanning booths, rooftop lap pool (one of only a few outside-rooftop pools downtown), hot tub, outdoor grilling station and fire pit with views of downtown skyline… a necessity when living downtown.

2. 500 E Grant (Elliot Park): Grant ParkGrant park gym
Features:  All year round-indoor Pool, tanning, massage Room, hot tub, sauna, fitness center.

3. 20 2nd St NE/110 1st Ave NE (NE Mpls): Pinnacle/FallsPinnacle Falls
Features: Newly renovated gym, originally an apartment building converted into condos, yoga room, fitness center, basketball hoop on the rooftop terrace, attached to gym, pool, sauna, hot tub.

4. 929 Portland Ave S: SkyscapeSkyscape Hot Tub
Features: Fitness Center, yoga and pilates studio, and plenty of space for individual and group activities. cardio and weight training equipment, individual TV’s while you train, a whirlpool spa (no regular pool), a sauna, a massage room, and nice views of the rooftop park and the downtown skyline from treadmills.  Group fitness classes twice a week.

5.  401 S 1st St (Mill district), Riverwest:Riverwest Gym
Features:  24 Hr Fitness Center, sauna, hot tub, very active outdoor pool with unobstructed views of downtown skyline, outdoor grilling station and fire pit with views of downtown skyline, attached to club room with pool table and kitchen.

I have been in all of these facilities many times and would say that the ranking is pretty accurate.  The Carlyle is the Country Club concept, Grant park more of a Lifetime Fitness, Pinnacle/Falls and Riverwest the YMCA and Skyscape are like something you would find at a chic hotel. 

-Mike S

The Carlyle Condos

Carlyle Condos

The Carlyle: Minneapolis Condo of the Month

Price range: $250,000 – $2,000,000+
Units: 255
Unit Sizes: 775 – 2700
Stories: 39
Development Status: All Sold, Re-Sales Only
Developers: The Carlyle Condos, Apex Asset Management Corp
General contractor: Opus Northwest Construction Corp.
Architect: Opus Architects & Engineers Inc.
Design architect: Humphreys & Partners Architects
Landscape architect: Damon Farber Associates Inc.
Engineer: Opus Architects & Engineers Inc.

Building Amenities: Community room, Concrete floors and walls, Controlled Access Entry, Controlled Access Parking, Elevators, Fire sprinkler system, Guest Suites, Fitness room, Handicapped accessible, Hot tub, Lawn sprinkler, Picnic area, Rooftop Pool, Gym, 24 Hr Security, Wine Storage Locker, Community Room, Tanning Room, Steam Room, Massage Room, Yoga Studio, Men’s and Women’s Locker rooms Outdoor BBQ Area

Breakdown: The Carlyle is the most luxury high-rise in Minneapolis.  Located along the Minneapolis riverfront this amenity loaded condominium residence is really more of a country club concept.  Being the newest high rise in Minneapolis the  building has some of the nicest amenities for the money.   Not only is it a well appointed building but it also has some pretty amazing views depending on location within the building.  Whether you prefer city skyline views or river views you are covered.  Many units actually have a combination of both options straight from your living room. If you are more of an industrial ‘Loft’ person this won’t fit the bill.   If you are looking for the feeling of a luxury hotel appropriately located along the river and just blocks away from the business district this is the place for you.

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