A big Chicago real estate developer is taking a swing at Minneapolis' downtown
A Chicago real estate firm with experience building high rises will try to develop a key piece of land in downtown Minneapolis.
Why it matters: What ultimately takes place will say a lot about the health of downtown Minneapolis.
- Just before the pandemic, developers were paying sky-high prices for land and fighting for the last remaining pieces of vacant land.
- But COVID has left office buildings mostly empty and downtown feeling ghostly.
- "This gives us an opportunity to do some more intensive development in downtown," Erik Hansen, director of economic policy and development for Minneapolis, told Nick.
What's happening: The city of Minneapolis recently completed a new office building for its staff, rendering a pair of buildings on 1.6 acres of land at Third Street and Third Avenue unnecessary.
- It selected John Buck Co. to work on a redevelopment of the site, which could include some combination of constructing new buildings and rehabbing the old ones, though Buck and the city have not gotten into specifics.
What's next: Buck and the city will work for the next 18 months on design plans and an agreement could be executed six months after that.
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