How valid is the developer’s claim that the 695 Grand building design is “sensitive to context” of the Summit/Grand community (as directed by the 2040 Comprehensive Plan), if this same design is in use all across the metro area?  Here are 5 projects from the portfolios of the two 695 Grand developers – Reuter-Walton and ESG Architects. 

Do we want this to be the new look of our neighborhood?

           Central Park West – St. Louis Park                             Marquee in Loring Park                           The Elysian Apartments – 4th St. Mpls

The Shale Apartments – Hiawatha Ave – Mpls      Variant Aparments – Warehouse District – Mpls

Here are a couple more, with the same design, from other developers going up on Snelling near University. 

Is this complementary to the character of the Summit/Grand neighborhood?

                                                 Snelling and University Ave – St. Paul