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April 14, 2014

Bowling alley upgrade picking up and a new name

A rolling renovation of a long-time Rochester sports venue is picking up speed as well as a new name.
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Construction has been underway for months to double the size of the bowling alley at 2810 N. Broadway. That expansion is adding much more than just more lanes. A new two-story laser tag arena, a large arcade, three party rooms are all coming soon along with a special eight-lane area with its own bar for private groups.

Gene Glorvigen and his son, Erin, say the more than 50-year-old business is shifting gears so the soon-to-be-completed entertainment center upgrade can keep up with today's fast-paced world.

All of these changes mean the old name, Recreation Lanes, doesn't fit with the updated center. That means commuters will see signs for Bowlocity (sounds like velocity) going up at the end of this month.

"Recreation Lanes has been a great name for us, but we wanted to have something that encompasses everything we are now," explains524fa3b840ece.image Erin Glorvigen. "I think it fits well."

And for the classic neon fans out there, don't worry about the big red sign featuring a bowling pin and the word "Bowl." That retro landmark will remain, though it's moving to the north side of the building.

While they are rolling out the new name now, it will be a little longer until all of the new features are online. Construction is on track for everything to launch by the end of May, according to Glorvigen.

Work on the colorful eight-lane party area is underway now. Specialists are coming soon to create the atmosphere for the laser tag tower. The 45 arcade games are expected to start arriving this week.

While the arcade will allow players to trade in points for prizes, it won't have two things most such arcades have.

"It's a token-less and ticket-less system. You just buy a card and use it to play the games. The card keeps track of your points and you use it to redeem them for prizes," says Glorvigen. 

April 10, 2014

Associated Bank working on new spots for Rochester branches

Associated Bank is planning to close its branch in the Hy-Vee North grocery  and then re-open it in a future northwest Rochester location.

Associateddrawing1The Green Bay, Wis. bank announced this week that it will close the grocery store branch at 500 37th St. N.W. at the end of July. Hy-Vee customers will then be served by Associated Bank's Rochester locations on South Broadway, First Avenue Southwest and 16th Street Southwest.

The five branch employees based at the Hy-Vee branch will work at Associated's three other Rochester branches until a new northwest facility "in the West Circle Drive corridor" is completed.

While bank officials wouldn't confirm the location of the to-be-constructed bank yet, Associated has submitted very early plans to the city to build a 3,683-square-foot branch in the 19th Street/West Circle Drive commercial development anchored by Costco.

Re-locating the northwest branch is not the only Rochester move coming up for the bank.

New owners have acquired Associated Bank's downtown building at 206 South Broadway and the bank needs to move out by spring 2015. There was speculation when the site development permit was filed for the West Circle Drive branch that it might serve as the new home for the downtown branch.

Not so, says the bank's spokesman. It's actively looking for a new location that will allow it to maintain its presence downtown.

“We are finalizing plans for an exciting new Associated Bank location in the West Circle Drive Corridor and continue to review opportunities for a new downtown bank location," stated Executive Vice President David Stein in this week's announcement.

Stein also commented that, "The greater Rochester area represents an important market for Associated Bank, and we are committed to serving our customers there with expanded operations and services."

Associated Bank entered the Rochester area in 2004, when it acquired First Federal Capital Bank. First Federal was short-lived here. It picked up the holdings of the long-time Marquette Bank in 2002.

March 27, 2014

New 24 floor downtown tower takes first step

A proposed 24-story mixed-used complex that would be the second tallest building in Rochester took its first official step forward on Wednesday night.

Broadwayatcenter2The City Planning and Zoning Commission voted to support Titan Development's preliminary plan for the Broadway at Center project. It's slated to be built on South Broadway and East Center Street, just north of Broadway Residence and Suites by BridgeStreet.

"This is a unique project," said designer Hal Henderson of HGA, Inc. to the commission members. "It will be one of the top-quality buildings in downtown."

The 411,000-square-foot Broadway at Center will include retail and restaurants, a 184-unit Embassy Suites Hotel on 11 floors, 84 apartments on six floors and underground parking. It also will feature a landscaped terrace on the third floor.

Broadwayatcenter3"It adds a significant amount of needed retail to the downtown," said Henderson.

Titan anticipates the project will fit with the goals of the Destination Medical Center initiative and will be able to "leverage" city funds to help finance it, Henderson said.

The preliminary plan for the "incentive development" will move on to the Rochester City Council for its approval. Titan, which is spearheaded by Rochester developers Andy and Gus Chafoulias, then will be cleared to fine-tune the project and bring a final version of the plan back to the zoning commission and City Council for the official green light to move ahead.

While some planning commission members, such as Lindsey Meek and Wade Goodenberger, had suggestions for minor improvements, the group overall was supportive of the preliminary plan.

Broadwayatcenter1"Redevelopment is long overdue on that corner," said commission member Nick Campion.

Some details still need to be finalized, including working out a plan with the city for a private-public parking ramp, vacating the alley that runs behind the current buildings and hammering out the details of the complex's connections to the skyway system.

Negotiations are underway with city staff about the proposed parking ramp, which will be connected to Broadway at Center by skyway, said Henderson.

"Plans for the parking structure are lagging behind," he acknowledged. "It's very complicated."

An application to vacate a portion of the alley was filed with the city recently. Commission member Michael Walters voiced mild concern about approving the preliminary plan before the alley issue was resolved. In the end, he was satisfied with Titan's explanations and backed the plan contingent on the eventual finalizing of the alley issue.

"Actually, we're only asking to vacate a portion of the alley. … We will leave an alley there. It will just be re-positioned," said Henderson.

The proposal calls for the alley to be "bridged" by the parking structure. It will remain open for use by the public.

Titan's working out a plan with Broadway Residence and Suites to establish a skyway link to the south between the two buildings. The project proposal states that Broadway at Center will have skyway connections in all four directions. Beside the south skyway, it also will be able to connect west across Broadway, east to the parking ramp and north "for future development."

Assuming everything goes according to plan, demolition of the buildings that house CJ's Midtown Lounge, Ginny's Fine Fabrics and Jakobson Management Co. could happen this summer, with construction beginning late summer or early fall, said Mark Steege, the chief financial officer of Titan Ventures, the parent company for Titan Development.

The tenants are expected to move out in the next couple of weeks, he said.

Steege attended the meeting with Gus Chafoulias, the chairman of the board for Titan. Royal Management President Imad A Baker of Washington, D.C., was also at the meeting, Royal Management developed the 26-story Broadway Residence and Suites in 2004.

March 26, 2014

Rec Lanes expansion rolling along

I swung by Recreation Lanes at 2810 N. Broadway on Tuesday to check out how the $4 million expansion project is going.

03252014reclanesexpansionIt looks like it's still rolling along at a good "bowlocity," but not sure how soon soon it be completed.

This project to transform the 50-year-old bowling into a modern entertainment center was launched back in October, when they tore out the putt-putt course and the batting cages.

"You can't just sell bowling anymore," said owner Gene Glorvigen in October. "We want to provide an environment that's fun and comfortable for everyone from 5-year-olds to 60-year-old executives. I think we're going to achieve that."

Index~~element333The bowling alley is doubling in size by adding 1,600-square-feet to the northwest side, where the mini-golf course and batting cages once stood. The addition will house an eight lane "V.I.B." (Very Important Bowler) area with its own bar, a banquet room, three party or meeting rooms, a large arcade and a two-story laser tag arena.

Recreation Lanes will remain open through most of the construction. They hope to have it completed by early spring. Part of the project includes expanding behind the center and adding a parking lot.

March 10, 2014

Downtown building down to make way for new complex

03102014cobrowndemoIt looks like the days of the former C.O Brown downtown building at 300 S. Broadway have finally come to an end.

The long-time Rochester insurance firm moved out of downtown in 2008 as developer Joe Weis began construction of the adjacent City Centre complex.

02282014cobrowndemoNow developer Andy Chafoulias is working on a plan to build a six-story building called The Plaza on Historic 3rd on that site. Of course, that means the bell is tolling for the long-empty shell of the ex-insurance office.

Here's a little reverse retrospective on that site. The photos go back in time, though the final image is the rendering of what The Plaza is slated to look like.

6a00d83451cc8269e201a73d746c7c970d-800wi-2 Titan Development and Investments, led by father-and-son developers Gus and Andy Chafoulias, have been working on plans for the project for quite a while.

Those plans have been evolving during the past few months, particularly after news broke that the nearby seven-story Associated Bank Building will be 070208citycentrejk_2demolished and re-developed. That move means many downtown commercial tenants are being displaced.


“Once we made our initial announcement last year, the interest in the project continued to grow well beyond our expectations,” Titan CEO Andy Chafoulias said. "That interest materialized into an opportunity to create a project that we feel will be a prominent piece of downtown Rochester and Historic Third Street for many years to come.”
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Two tenants moving out of the Associated Bank Building — Dunlap & Seeger and MedCity Dental — already have signed up for space in The Plaza. Titan Development plans to move its offices there from the Minnesota BioBusiness Center on First Avenue Southwest. Those are the only confirmed tenants so far.

"We do expect by end of month to have it 100 percent leased," said John Beltz, Titan's vice president of brand management and revenue development.

Citycenter-H3-Plaza-on-Historic-3rd-rendering-1-600x330While it has seen significant changes, the latest version of the Titan project still includes the restaurant on the street level and the roof-top lounge/bar that were in the original vision. Restaurateurs Pat Woodring and Scott Foster, the minds behind Chester's Kitchen & Bar and Pescara, are still slated to create, own and manage those operations. Woodring and Foster have worked with the Chafoulias family for many years.

In September, the Rochester Economic Development Agency approved a special redevelopment tax-increment-financing district to raise $300,000 to cover asbestos removal and demolition of the former C.O. Brown building.

The project was earmarked by the Rochester City Council in September to be included in the $2 billion in private investment promised to the state as part of Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative.

January 21, 2014

Apache Mall applies to develop Scheels store, new restaurant

Here's some from an article I have in today's paper about Scheels, Sears, the Apache Mall plus plans for a new stand-alone restaurant by the water tower in front of the mall.

The full article will be on www.postbulletin.com and, of course, in print.

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The hole left by the departure of Sears from Apache Mall appears likely to be filled by a Scheels All Sports store.

Plans to expand the mall's anchor spot to make way for the popular sporting retailer were submitted to the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department last week. The plans also call for construction of a stand-alone restaurant nearby.

Scheelsmap1The plans show the now-closed two-story Sears store being partially demolished and expanded to 149,000 square feet for Scheels. Construction could close the mall parking lot roadway in front of the store, which would require a temporary road.

The development proposal also includes a new 9,000-square-foot restaurant building on the north side of the mall roadway near the Scheels project. The proposed building would be on the east side of the city water tower. While it's labeled as a restaurant, no specific name appears in the documents.
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Officials from the Apache Mall declined to comment on either the Scheels project or the new restaurant. On Friday, Jason Loney, Scheels' vice president of store development, said a final agreement had not been finalized between the North Dakota retailer and the mall. It's not unusual for participants in a development deal to delay signing until all official approvals are obtained

October 03, 2013

Two more hotels in works for NW Rochester

Two new hotel projects are gearing up in northwest Rochester, which means the city could see at least four new hotels with about 375 rooms open in 2014.

Two developers plan to build a 77-room Comfort Inn and Suites and a 109-room Staybridge Suites along West Circle Drive in front of Costco.

Both projects have submitted plans to Rochester Building Safety Department with the hope of beginning construction this year.

Gozwhuevpu_41838b34_8380_574d_dbf3_2cddae47d2e6Two other hotels — Homewood Suites on Second Street Southwest and La Quinta Inn and Suites in Shoppes on Maine — are already under construction. Homewood will have 108 rooms, and La Quinta will have 83.

Other hotels have been proposed for downtown Rochester, though they are in the very early stages.

All of this activity doesn't surprise Brad Jones, president of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We knew that we were going to need more hotels," he said. "I think we'll hit 6,000 hotel rooms by the end of 2014."

Rochester has 5,359 rooms available now. That puts this city second in the state behind Minneapolis, which has more than 10,000 rooms.

Through August, occupancy at Rochester hotels is up almost 8 percent over last year. That means an average of 65 percent of local hotel rooms are filled at any time.

"That's huge growth in what's typically a very stable market," Jones said. "We're outperforming the trends throughout the country and the state. Whenever you see that, you'll see building projects start up."

October 22, 2012

A clinic in Rochester a dream come true for dentist

Had this one last week. Just learned that Rochester's CRW Architecture + Design Group is handling this project.

The plan for the facility includes space for 4 treatment rooms, 2 hygiene rooms, an x-ray area and related staff and support areas, according to CRW's Facebook page. CRW also says that this project is on a fast track schedule intended to be open for business by January 2013.

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Dr. Karen Buttar is all smiles as she talks about her new dental clinic being built in the Med City's fastest growing commercial area.

"I've always dreamed of this. It was time to step up," she says. "Here, I'll be able to do all I ever dreamed of."

The almost 3,000-square-foot Dental Care Clinic is under construction along 19th Street Northwest next to the Highlands Business Park. Buttar hopes it will be completed in December, so she can open before the start of 2013.

68371_479447068752950_765566309_n-1The clinic is directly across the road from the new facility being built for Paws & Claws next to the Rochester Athletic Club. The dental clinic is going up on the spot originally pegged for Paws & Claws before it migrated across 19th Street.

Buttar, who has practiced dentistry in Rochester for years, most recently leased space in the Minnesota Lakes Dental Clinic in the Shoppes on Maine development.

Her plan is to offer a full range of general dentistry services with some extra emphasis on cosmetic services and care for children.

"I love to treat kids," she says.

Having her own clinic will give Buttar the flexibility to take extra time with each patient.

"There will be no rushing. I like to have a relationship with each patient," she says.

In addition to having more control over her time, the new clinic will allow Buttar to take advantage of the latest technology. For example, she is outfitting it with an X-ray imaging machine that uses 90 percent less radiation than traditional ones.

Why did she decide to build along 19th Street Northwest?

The new CostCo store, Kwik Trip station and Lourdes High School all being built nearby signal the explosive growth in that part of Rochester, Buttar points out. She also likes being near the Rochester Athletic Club.

"And it is much more centrally located than I have been in the past," she says.

Buttar expects to have three or four people on staff when she opens up the clinic.

In the end, she said the whole project is about the patients. She remembers how overwhelmed with emotion one woman was after Buttar closed up the spacing between her teeth with less than two hours of treatment.

"At the end of the day, you feel like you did something worthwhile," she says. "I love it."

February 07, 2012

New sandwich shop + downtown Roch. skyway

Urban StackOne crumb of business news sandwiched in the middle of very, very busy Rochester City Council meeting last night (Good job with that all of the coverage, Jeffrey Pieters) was new eatery in the Doubletree Hotel skyway.

The agreement with the city shows a new sandwich shop to be called Urban Stack being sliced out of the existing Starbuck's space as well as lunchcounter and seating being added in the actual skyway passageway.

It looks like the skyway, which is now 12 feet across, will narrow to about 9.5 feet.That's the width of the skyway from University Center across Second Street to the Lanmark Center.

I expect I'll have more on this soon.

November 28, 2011

Mayo Clinic's proton beam center digging in deep

That's a big hole and it is going deeper. Construction of Mayo Clinic's $185 million Richard O. Jacobson Building to house a new proton beam therapy center is really digging in as the downtown Rochester project rolls on.

 

This project at the southwest corner of Second Street Northwest and First Avenue Northwest means a boost of about 500 jobs for local construction workers for the next three to four years.

Knutson Construction along with a national firm called Gilbane is building the complex.

2011-11-28_11-55-12_745 The first phase is for 220,000-square-feet with two floors above ground and two levels below for the massive nuclear equipment required for the "pencil beam" proton treatment. Hence the deep hole.

Mayo Clinic also has conceptual plans on the table for the possible second phase to build a 17-story tower on top of the Jacobson Proton_Night-Full_Donor_Steel complex.

With 19 stories above ground, the building would fall just two floors short of the Gonda Building's 21.