DEBATE OVER THE possibility of saving and renovating the historic Shubert Theater at last week's Minneapolis City Council Community Development Committee meeting was so intense that the tripling of the city's controversial plan for Block E nearly went unnoticed. In the middle of the heated debate about the Shubert, Harold Brandt, president of the local arm of the city's preferred developer, Brookfield Management Services, casually announced that Brookfield and DDRM Entertainment President Stanley Castleton had, earlier that same day, signed a letter of intent to develop not just Block E, but blocks D and F. Those are the blocks on either side of E where First Avenue nightclub and the Hennepin Center for the Arts are located. The developers then dropped a second quiet bombshell: The project's cost to the public would be closer to $38 million than the $20 million... More >>>