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Mandel Group’s “Coolest Project” Ever

Mandel Group breaks ground on a 46-apartment, mixed-use development that includes an indoor climbing gym.

By - May 21st, 2015 11:11 am
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6 thoughts on “Plenty of Horne: Mandel Group’s “Coolest Project” Ever”

  1. PMD says:

    I sure wish I could spend $2,000 a month on an apartment with a rock climbing wall. My life would be complete.

  2. Bill says:

    Doesnt Turner Hall have a rock climbing gym?
    (I say that as a question, but I actually took a climbing class there.)

  3. Tim says:

    I didn’t know a person’s housing defined their life’s completeness… now I know, thanks PMD.

  4. PMD says:

    Will you be living at Adventure Rock Tim?

  5. Andy says:

    re: Bill, “Doesn’t Turner Hall have a rock climbing gym?”

    Yes! It’s located on the ground floor (basement) level, below the ballroom, with it’s own dedicated and rather inconspicuous entrance to the left of the main entrance.

    Until the completion of this project it’s the only indoor gym in the city, with Adventure Rock’s original Pewaukee (i think?) location being the only other indoor gym in the metro area. Before being (unfortunately) forced to move away, I spent probably a minimum of three days a week at the gym at Turner’s. It’s a relatively hidden gem that will always hold a special place in my heart – Kim, the guy that runs (or at least used to when I still lived in the area), is a really solid dude, and I’d encourage anyone interested in climbing to give Turner’s a shot. There’s something uniquely indie about that place that makes it so special, and the employees and regulars easily become friends, with Kim often taking groups of people from the gym on hiking and climbing trips to Devil’s Lake throughout the year.

    I’m worried that this new A-Rock location will put a lot of financial strain on Turner’s, even though they have a dedicated group of folks that frequent that location. The existing A-Rock is widely considered by other area climbers as the superior gym – it’s larger, has higher walls, and is more modern than Turner’s (although I haven’t been to Turner’s in since moving away in early 2013, so I don’t know if they’ve expanded since then). The new A-Rock will be even bigger than the current suburban location, and I’m certain that it’ll be extremely crowded as climbing continues to gain popularity, especially given that (at least back in 2013 and before) Turner’s indoor gym was only open for 5-hours a day, 5 days a week because it’s also used for classes and other recreational activities throughout the week; it’s also used as a small gymnastics and fencing facility IIRC.

    Even given the inevitable strain this new location will put on Turners,I can only view the construction of another local gym as a good thing, as the market has thus far been vastly under-served.

  6. Tim says:

    PMD, nope… I already live nearby… why do you ask?

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