Small Space, Huge Potential

Sometimes the little insignificant areas in a city can have huge amounts of potential. All it takes is someone to think outside the box and imagine what could be instead of what is.

A perfect example is a little sliver of land right on Riverfront. This area just so happens to be zoned for commercial space as well.

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How many of us, including myself, have driven by this hundreds of times without giving it any thought? Well today when Matthias told me that it was zoned for commercial space, and he thought a mixed use building should go there, I knew exactly what it could look like.

A quick google search for triangular buildings and I stumbled upon the beautiful Gooderham Building in Toronto. Then after two minutes of photoshop the vision was already in place.

And just like that a space, an entire little corner of Mankato, is transformed. Sometimes all it takes is one idea to spur on progress and development and a building like this would do just that. Now due to lack of better angles and time, there are a few things I would change. I wouldn’t put the outdoor seating on the Riverfront side of the building, but instead on the Park Lane side, you get the idea though.


Here is another angle.


For such a small space it really packs a wallop when it comes to potential. The important key elements here are the multi-story building, mixed uses, and a centralized location. Check out this layout that gives you an idea of what major areas are within a short walking distance:

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What are your thoughts on a building like this? I see a beacon for progress and growth in a small corner of Mankato.

About Ben Lundsten

Ben is a designer and photographer, based out of Mankato, who loves helping people tell their stories and share their ideas. The Key City website was built by him and he has been known to occasionally contribute articles to Key City.