A Big Hole

Big Hole 2I sort of love standing outside a chain link fence and staring down into a big construction project. Mainly because I love ditch witches. I understand Ditch Witch is a brand of huge construction tractors and stuff, but I like to believe I live in a world where ditch witches are magical things that carve out ditches and then cackle maniacally while bobby pins fly from their tresses. Was that too deep into my brain?

I found this giant hole on Mississippi. It was pretty cool and the guys working inside looked really small. But their machines looked huge.

It was a good hole.

I have no idea what the project is.

12 Comments so far

  1. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

    You can see that crane from miles away. I think of it as Mississippi has “arrived.” Is that a good thing? I honestly don’t know. Time will tell. I do believe that housing is better than empty lots and even boutiques are better than crack corners and shootings.


  2. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    More importantly, did you get a new camera ML?


  3. divebarwife (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

    And according to my friends from the brown parts of the country (AZ, NM, SoCal, TX, etc.) a Ditch Witch is also something that in the 70s they used to try and scare kids from playing in the dry water culverts because a flash flood could come and the ‘Ditch Witch’ would drown you….


  4. Taylor (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    If it’s the same spot on Mississippi I believe it is going to be this: http://www.mississippiavenuelofts.com/


  5. Pete Best (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    Yup, looks like this is the same big hole:

    http://mississippiavenuelofts.com/virtual_tour/2007/12-1/


  6. melissa lion (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    No new camera, just not using my phone. Hey, Brewcaster, send the camera money energy my way!

    Lofts. Whodathunkit.


  7. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

    Taylor, Pete, sorry, the Mississippi lofts is further North between Shaver and Skidmore. A much smaller project.

    The big hole is a whole city block and being developed by Trammel Crow and Randy Rappapor. On the NW Corner there will be a 6-7 story tower surrounded by 2-3 story buildings. Approximately 200 new housing units – most rentals. The project will also include tons of retail space and I believe underground parking.


  8. Mary Sue (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    Oh, I love cranes! They’re so much fun. It’s one of the best parts about working in the SoWhat, I get to watch cranes all day (when I’m not watching I-5).


  9. lupin (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

    it’s a trammel crow project sans randy rappapor who sold the space to said project.


  10. tinyMona (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 8:53 am

    This is where were are considering moving our office, to this area.


  11. Derrick (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    I’ve walked by this giant whole several times and wondered what it was. I always figured I’d see it posted on metblogs eventually, but incorrectly assumed it would be dieselboi making the post.

    seems to me 200 new units and additional retail space is going to significantly increase street and foot traffic on mississippi in a street that is relatively condensed compared to alberta or hawthorne… it’ll be interesting to see how this develops over the next few years.


  12. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

    Derrick,
    Yup, that is also a concern I have. It is already very crowded on the street for parking. That will bleed over to the side streets. I’m not a Nimby, but I do wonder about how it will affect the neighbors.

    I’m glad Melissa blogged about it from her perspective instead of mine which would have been more of a “hey, there’s development…” point of view.



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