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August 20, 2014

Rochester architecture firm to move soon

A Rochester architecture firm soon will move out of its long-time digs.

CRW Architecture-Design Group, formerly part of Yaggy Colby Associates, will move out of its offices at 717 Third Ave. S.E. at the end of September, said CRW Principal Chris Colby. The firm has been based in the SEH-Yaggy complex, since it spun off from Yaggy-Colby in 2010.
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CRW is led by Colby, Jose Rivas and Jason Woodhouse. All three previously worked for what used to be Yaggy Colby.

SEH-Yaggy has committed that office space to another tenant, according to Colby. SEH-Yaggy is the result of a merger earlier this year between Yaggy-Colby and St. Paul-based Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.

CRW OfficeWhile the firm eventually will move into its own building, construction of its 4,200-square-foot offices plus four apartments isn't expected to be completed until late October or early November.

That means the 10 employees at CRW will need to temporarily find work space for the 45 to 60 days until its new offices are finished, said Colby.

CRW's new complex is being built at 11th Avenue and Second St. N.W. The office and apartments are being developed by Jose Rivas.

July 02, 2014

New south Rochester furniture store hopes to open in August

Schneiderman’s Furniture is targeting an August opening for its new Rochester location, which will be the fourth furniture store to open in the Med City this summer.

07022014schneidermansThe well-known Minnesota furniture retailer is making its first foray into southeast Minnesota by renovating a 30,991-square-foot store at 4540 Maine Ave. S.E. That's the former Best Buy store, which closed in 2012.

Larry Scheiderman says the project is moving along and they hope to be able to open the doors in August, possibly as soon as the first week of that month. Some hiring has already been done for the new store, but he says more people are still needed. Schneiderman's plans to have 20 people staffing the store.

Schneiderman’s is a third generation, family-owned business with four stores in the Twin Cities and one in Duluth. It was founded by Larry Schneiderman's parents, and now his son, Jason Schneiderman, is the president of the company.

The spike in Destination Medical Center-driven attention has spurred more than just Schneiderman's to try to furnish the rapidly growing Rochester.

Three other new furniture stores – Furniture Superstore Factory Outlet, Deutsch Furniture Haus and Hershberger's Furniture – have also opened this summer.

June 09, 2014

Cambria brings its counterculture to downtown Rochester

A "counterculture" experience is coming to downtown Rochester in the form of a new Cambria showroom.

Le Sueur-based Cambria opened the doors of its new 2,400-square-foot "touch and feel center" at 400 S. Broadway in the Riverside Building today. (Monday, June 9)

Cambria is known for its high-end natural stone and quartz counter tops used in residential and commercial kitchens and bathrooms.

06092014cambriashowroomThe new Rochester center is focused on being a showroom for local contractors and partners like Warners' Stellian appliances to bring their clients to look at styles and colors of Cambria surfaces. However, individual homeowners are also welcome to stop in to check out the countertops.

"Rochester is such a vibrant community. It really is a good opportunity for us," said Peter Martin, Cambria's executive vice president of sales, marketing and business partner services.

He described company's investment to create the elaborate showroom in the former Rocco Altobelli Salon space along the Zumbro River as being in the "hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Martin says his company will have about five employees staff the downtown showroom, and another team of 10 based elsewhere in Rochester will handle Cambria's delivery and installation services.

Beside showing off its wares, Cambria plans to use the new site to develop strong ties with the Med City.

"It is our intent to focus on interacting on with community," he said.

The fact that the Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale uses the patio outside of the showroom's windows for Coda, its popular summer series of outdoor music, was a major factor in Cambria choosing that spot, Martin said.

March 17, 2014

Senior complex continues to rise in SW Roch.

Senior living complexes are almost as hot as hotels in Rochester these days.

04162014watersatmayowoodOver the weekend, I checked out the progress of The Waters on Mayowood (one of the two water-linked senior projects under construction).

The Waters is the massive 276,000-square-foot facility that has risen on six acres at the corner of 16th Street Southwest and Mayowood Road. Work started in August and they have made great progress on it.

Its timeline puts the projected opening this fall.

It'll include a four-story assisted living wing with 70 units and six enhanced care suites, a four-story independent living wing with 71 units and  a two-story memory care wing with 28 units. It will also feature heated underground parking.

WatersonMayowood Site PlanConstruction is expected to begin about the third week of August. The hope is to open The Waters on Mayowood in fall 2014.

Working with Rochester developer Jeff Brown to develop the new facility as an owner as well as operator is The Waters Senior Living of Minnetonka. The Waters manages 11 senior living centers in Minnesota, including Sugar Loaf Senior Community in Winona.

March 13, 2014

Work on River Bend is flowing along

While out reacquainting myself with the outdoors, I stopped by the River Bend Assisted Living project, just south of Rochester's River Center Plaza shopping center.

Looks like the cr03132014silverlakesrhousingews have made good progress on $15 million, 81,000-square-foot complex, since Titan Development and Investments and Good Neighbor Care Centers of Eugene, Ore. broke ground on the former site of the Silver Lake Motorcoach RV park in September.

Titan is lead by CEO Andy Chafoulias and chairman Gus Chafoulias. Good Neighbor Care, which is owned by Yakima, Wash.,-based Wilkinson Corp, will manage the community. It works with 20 properties in nine states and has five more in development, although this is its first foray into Minnesota.

River Bend will feature 70 assisted living units and 18 memory-care units on overlooking the river. The goal is to complete the facility by fall of 2014.

When it opens, River Bend is expected to employ nearly 50 full- and part-time staff members.

River Bend Assisted Living is being designed by Rochester-based CRW Architects, built by Weis Builders and financed by West Bank.

November 21, 2013

RCTC student housing sells for $2.2 million

It looks like the student housing apartment complex that serves Rochester Community and Technical College has sold.

68429100Evanston Heights, which has five buildings with 60 apartments on 21st Avenue Southeast, was purchased by Tailwind 830 21st LLC for $2.2 million on Nov. 14.

The Rochester-based Tailwind bought it from 831 21st Ave SE Holdings LLC, which has owned it for about a year and a half.

Real estate folks don't seem to go in for very creative LLC names these days. I would have done something like The Most Awesomest Student Housing Ever LLC, but that's just me. Heh.

Don't know if this ownership change will add up to any actual changes to the property, but I'll check on it.

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge. -- Jeff Kiger

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge. -- Jeff Kiger

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge.

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge.

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge.

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge.

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge.

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

Wednesday marked the first full day under a new brand for a hotel on Rochester's South Broadway.

The newly renovated 145-unit hotel at 1625 S. Broadway is now under the Wyndham Garden flag. It was an America's Best Value Inn and Suites hotel from 2011 until this week.

This shift from what many consider a budget hotel brand to a more upscale one has been the plan since the Wayzata-based Bay Ridge Properties purchased it in February 2012.

Bay Ridge purchased the 39-year-old hotel from the Phoenix Hotel Group of Wisconsin for $4.8 million.

Bay Ridge manages, owns and develops hotels throughout Minnesota, Texas and Missouri as well as having projects in the North Dakota oil fields and the luxury travel destination of Costa Rica.

"It has had some interchange with different brands over the years. We aim to take it a level higher by putting a brand on it that will perform well and tie it to some new markets as well," said Lee Fundanet, the chief operating officer of Bay Ridge Properties, back in 2012.

The hotel was under the La Quinta brand from 2006 to 2011. Before than, it was a Comfort Inn and Suites for eight years.

While its overall brand has changed many times, so has the name and look of the hotel's bar and restaurant. In 2008, it became Macho Nacho. Later it transformed into Ron's Place, which recently morphed into The Fieldhouse.

Now as part of this latest upgrade, a Cowboy Jack's Eatery is opening in the hotel.

Cowboy Jack's is a casual, American-style restaurant chain based in the Twin Cities. It is expected to open soon and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar area will now be called The Lounge.

- See more at: http://www.postbulletin.com/business/heard-on-the-street-south-broadway-hotel-blooms-under-new/article_dcd53265-39bc-542f-a02a-dd01b4291d9c.html#sthash.ST0VUDsC.dpuf

November 11, 2013

Former Home Design Studio complex sold for $1.3 million

An empty 32,000-square-foot former home construction showroom in northwest Rochester recently sold for $1.3 million.HDS

Event Studio LLC of Rochester bought the uniquely designed Home Design Studio complex from Partnership 10 of Byron. It's located at 3777 40th Ave. N.W. along West Circle Drive.

No individual names were listed on the Olmsted County sales record. However, Event Studio receives its tax bills at 123 Carlton St. S.W., which is also the headquarters of Elcor Construction. Elcor is owned by local developer and real estate investor Dan Penz.

Penz couldn't be reached for comment on any possible involvement. HDSic

Partnership 10, which lists Jerome Bigelow and Randy Lennon as principals on state incorporation documents, originally purchased the empty land for $425,000 in 2005. Home Design Studio was built and opened in 2006, not long before the home building market plummeted.

That was also the same time period that Rochester Market Square, another home construction mall, also opened in south Rochester. That facility recently was re-configured and re-opened as Rochester Public School's Alternative Learning Center.

When Home Design Studio opened in 2006, it had 13 local owners and 59 people on staff.

The final occupants – Home Improvement Professionals, the Olmsted County Lumber Mart and Home Design Studio Flooring and Cabinets – moved to Byron in April 2012. OCLM was recently sold and closed, though the other businesses remain active.

August 27, 2013

New Roch. senior living facilty digging in

The Waters on Mayowood, a new senior living complex at 16th Street Southwest and Mayowood Road, is really digging in with the dirt flying as the site preparation rolls along.

SeniorlivingThe 276,000-square-foot facility will include a four-story assisted living wing with 70 units and six enhanced care suites, a four-story independent living wing with 71 units and a two-story memory care wing with 28 units. It will also feature heated
underground parking.

The hope is to open The Waters on Mayowood in fall 2014.

Senior Living of Minnetonka. The Waters is an owner as well as the future operator.

The Waters manages 11 senior living centers in Minnesota, including Sugar Loaf Senior Community in Winona.

August 11, 2013

Work on new home for paint store digs in

Work is now underway on the new 4,000-square-foot store where Rochester's south Sherwin-Williams plans to move.
 
SherwinwilliamsconThe south Rochester Sherwin-Williams store is currently located in the former Rochester Market Square building.

That's the complex that the Rochester School District is busy transforming into its new Alternative Learning Center to open when school starts again.

That former "home building mall" used to house a number of similar construction business tenants. However, that focus faded when the economy crashed and the building industry was gutted.

The 56,000-square-foot complex was purchased by the Rochester School District for $2.1 million last fall.

With the building being "schooled," the one remaining tenant, Sherwin-Williams, needs to move out

Hence, the new store.

October 08, 2012

Downtown apts., grocery taking shape

Metropolitan Market Place, the four-story apartment complex with the new People’s Food Cooperative (formerly the Good Food Store) grocery store on the main level, is really starting to take shape at First Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest.

This is the project that La Crosse, Wis.-based Gerrard Corp. is building. It will have 62 apartments will all of the dust settles.

Work on this began in May. It is moving at a pretty good rate, despite att of the First Avenue and Sixth Street road work this summer.

To encourage economic development, the City of Rochester sold the former Minnesota Energy building at 519 First Ave. S.W. to Gerrard for the symbolic price of $1, also on March 30.

The city hopes to recoup its investment in the property through a tax increment financing district set up for the project. The city bought the building in 2008 for $750,000.