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Block E to be renovated [IMAGES]

This is what architects say Block E will look like following its renovation.
This is what architects say Block E will look like following its renovation.

The structure Mpls St. Paul Magazine calls "the saddest square block in the upper Midwest" will soon suck a whole lot less.

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Today, Block E's owner, Camelot LCC, unveiled plans for a renovation project that includes a long-rumored "world class training facility" for the Timberwolves and Lynx. The news comes just weeks after the Minneapolis City Council approved a $97 million renovation of the neighboring Target Center.

MPR reports that RSP Architects will redo the building, which, in the world of a Camelot press release, will feature a "sophisticated 'Minneapolis modern' aesthetic... keeping with other contemporary buildings downtown."

"Our goal with the redesign is to clearly state that Block E has changed," David Serrano, RSP's senior associate, is quoted as saying in a Fox 9 report. "We want it to have an energy and elegance that will allow it to look great day and night."

Kieran's Irish Pub, Shout House, Starbucks, and Jimmy John's won't be displaced during the renovations, which are slated to begin early next year.

For more renderings of what architects have planned for Block E, click to page two.

 

From RSP Architects:

Block E to be renovated [IMAGES]
Block E to be renovated [IMAGES]
Block E to be renovated [IMAGES]


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