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July 09, 2015

Development exploding in Rochester's Shoppes on Maine area

Downtown Rochester is not the only area being eyed by developers. 

It appears that Shoppes on Maine in south Rochester is exploding with development these days.

I wrote about a 211 apartment complex proposed for the area on Wednesday plus there's already a massive housing project called The Boulders already under construction, which will have 144 apartments and eight buildings with 10 townhouses in each.

FireShot Capture - Google Maps - https___www.google.com_maps_@43.9547185,-92.4647416,15zMeanwhile, yet another group of developers met with residents of the Maine Avenue neighborhood on Tuesday to discuss their plans for a 359 unit apartment complex slated the empty land across from Mills Fleet Farm store.

I don't know much about the Fleet Farm apartment complex yet, but should have more on it soon.

Beside more than 700 apartments, the buzz in the Shoppes on Maine is that a new car dealership could be revving up for the land around 48th Street and St. Bridget's Road. 

There is a lot of interest in real estate in that area right now, so it's possible that a new name might be on the road to join Rochester Toyota Scion and Mercedes Benz of Rochester in Shoppes on Maine.

July 08, 2015

More apartments proposed by Rochester's Shoppes on Maine

Preparing to build an apartment complex, developers have purchased more than eight acres of land in south Rochester for  $1.8 million.

Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors bought open, grass-covered land next to the Shoppes on Maine commercial area in preparation to build a proposed 211-apartment complex, according to Harbor Bay co-founder Tom Lund. HarborbayaptsHarbor Bay is based in Minneapolis and Chicago.

The land was purchased by Bascom Capital LLC, a firm set up by Harbor Bay. The acquisition was done in two transactions of $590,000 on June 26 and $1.22 million on July 1. The apartment complex is slated to be located by Maine Avenue Southeast near the two hotels.

While some design details still are being worked out, Lund described the unnamed complex as featuring Class A, high-end apartments.

"It (the complex) will be a higher end product," he said. "We'll have a clubhouse and lots of amenities."

A Site Development Plan for the project was filed the Rochester Building Safety Department on Monday. He hopes to have the plan before the Rochester City Council for approval this month.

Lund said the goal is to start construction in September and hopefully have it completed by late next summer.

Harbor Bay has projects in Minneapolis and Duluth, but this will be its first here.

"Rochester is an amazing community that's growing. The demographics for apartments are very strong and the supply right now is relatively limited," he said.

The location near Shoppes on Maine was attractive because of the easy access to shopping as well as one of Rochester's Park and Ride mass transit lots.

In fact, another developer agrees that area is prime for more housing. Big Rock, Ill.-based Executive Affiliates has its own $35 million housing project called The Boulders already under construction near Harbor Bay's site. The Boulders will include a three-story building with 144 apartments and eight buildings with 10 townhouses in each.

"I think we'll complement each other," said Lund of The Boulders.

April 03, 2014

Does Mayo Clinic have plans for Shoppes on Maine?

Mayo Clinic seems to be looking to south Rochester for a future project, even though there's no official word yet.

Tom Hexum, of Maine Street Development Co. of Rochester, filed a Land Development Application on March 11 for a 22,000-square-foot "commercial building with parking" at the corner of Canal Place Southeast and Maine Avenue Southeast. That puts the building near Fat Willy's Bar and Grill and across Maine Avenue from the commercial center anchored by Lowe's.

Mayo buildingThe proposed building would be situated on two acres and have 109 parking spaces. Plans call for a half circle drive in front for loading and unloading at the building's entrance, which would be covered with an 880-square-foot canopy.

Hexum and Maine Street have been the local driving force behind development in the Shoppes on Maine area from its start. Most of their previous projects had future tenants identified before any construction began. But this new development application doesn't name any tenant.

However, Mayo Clinic enters the picture when the application was studied by city staff. The Department of Planning and Zoning and the Department of Public Works describe the building as the "proposed Mayo Clinic facility" in letters on May 14 and May 24. Those letters denied the application until a variety of site-related issues are addressed.

Despite being named by city officials, Mayo Clinic would neither confirm nor deny any specific plans in the Shoppes on Maine area.

"We are exploring options to improve our ability to improve access to community care for our employees and those who depend on us for these services," said Rebecca Eisenman, of Mayo Clinic's Communications Dept. "Future options may include expansion of facilities and services in southeast Minnesota, but no specific details are available at this time."

While the first application for this building was denied, it seems likely that Rochester design firm Yaggy Colby will be able to address the issues and get the development approved.

We'll just need to watch how it plays out and listen to what Mayo Clinic has to say about it.

March 18, 2014

New La Quinta Inn to open on March 24

Rochester's latest hotel is slated to open its doors on March 24.

The  $4 million La Quinta Inn & Suites has been under construction in the Shoppes on Maine area, since early 2013.

03162014newlaquintaThe new 83-room, 50,212-square-foot hotel is a project of Fargo, N.D.-based PLC Inc. PLC is also on the early stages of working on an 86-room Microtel Inn & Suites in the same area.

The four-story La Quinta is located at at 4353 Canal Place S.E., near the Rochester Toyota car dealership. Andy Thilges, a well-known and active member in the Rochester business community, is the general manager of the new hotel.

LaquintaatshoppesonmaineThe hotel's amenities include a salt water pool with a slide as well as a kiddie pool and hot tub. It also features a fitness center plus all of the rooms come with microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers.

Chuck Hayes, the president of Fargo, N.D.-based PLC Inc., talked about the La Quinta and Microtel hotels in January.
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"I like the economics of Rochester. I like what's going on there," he said to explain why he decided to add 169 hotel rooms to the Med City's offerings. "I like the uniqueness of the (Shoppes on Maine) development. It's well managed. Everything's new and fresh. Its access to downtown and Mayo Clinic is convenient."

Hayes' Microtel and La Quinta are just two of many new hotels expected to check into Rochester soon.

A 108-room Homewood Suites on Second Street Southwest is currently wrapping up construction. A 91-room Fairfield Inn & Suites is mapped up to be built near the Miracle Mile Shopping Center. Two other hotels – a 77-room Comfort Inn and Suites and a 109-room Staybridge Suites – are slated to be built in early 2014 along West Circle Drive in front of Costco. Those four projects alone  will add 385 rooms to the city.

February 28, 2014

Furniture seller to move into Roch.'s empty Best Buy store

A well-known Minnesota furniture retailer has plans to open to new store in Rochester.

Schneiderman’s Furniture has signed a lease to take over the empty 30,991-square-foot store at 4540 Maine Ave. S.E., says Larry Schneiderman, who leads the firm's board. His company is leasing the space from Best Buy, which closed its south Rochester store there in 2012.

BestbuyDarci Fenske of Paramark Real Estate brokered the lease deal to bring furniture business to Rochester's Shoppes on Maine commercial development.

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 business.

This will be the company's first foray into southern Minnesota.

The elder Schneiderman explains that he and his son Jason started researching options for expansion last year. Specifically, they were looking for a strong market within range of their distribution center in Woodbury, Minn. It didn't take long for Rochester to rise to the top of the list.

"It's a solid market, but also a solid city. We're really looking forward to opening in Rochester," says Larry Schneiderman. "Of course, there's the exciting things in the works for Rochester that we've all been reading about. But we think it's a good decision to be there, whether that all happens or not."

While the plans still are in the early stages, he hopes to open the new store early this summer. An estimated 16 to 20 employees are expected to staff it.

"We would like to, obviously, move as quickly as we can," Scheiderman says.

The first step will be to remove the building's distinctive Best Buy yellow and blue price tag facade. Then the interior will be completely overhauled "from the floor up to the lights," he said.

As real estate sales and home construction start to climb as the economy improves and the Destination Medical Center initiative begins to attract developers, competition is beginning to heat up in the furniture market.

Jim Sather and Mark Byer, who own Rochester's Furniture Superstore Factory Outlet and America's Mattress stores, have finalized plans to combine both of their stores into the soon-to-be-empty Menards facility at 5150 U.S. 52 North. The plan is open the mega-store this summer.
  
Not far from the site of Schneiderman's new location, two Rochester couples are working to open the independent Deutsch Furniture Haus in a 7,000-square-foot space at 3551 Commercial Drive Northwest in early April. It will specialize in local Amish-made furniture.

September 25, 2013

Spooky store gears up for the scary season

Travis Mueller wanted to know about this store, so I jumped up and checked it out for him. If it matters to Travis, it matters to me. Heh. Anyway, here's what I found out:

09252013spirithalloweenSpirit Halloween is opening its doors this evening in the former Best Buy South store in the Shoppes on Maine area.

The store was just putting the final touches on its front decoration at about 4:30 p.m. today. I was told that they'd be open by 5 p.m.

This seasonal retailer will sell masks, costumes, fake blood and everything other ghoulish thing needed to celebrate All Hallow's Eve through Oct. 31 (AKA Halloween).

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Med City, Halloween Express, is has moved into the former Amish Furniture store on Bandel Road.

September 08, 2013

New med spa to open soon in S.E. Roch.

Looks like Fat Willy's has a new neighbor - Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa.

IMG_20130907_180106_468I guess I haven't been paying close enough attention to that area for a while. It looks like Posh is very close to opening. In fact, Posh's website says they hope to open by Thursday, Sept. 12.

Stephanie Kriener, who's an ICU nurse, is the owner of this new venture.

Posh will offer a variety of facials, Botox treatments, waxing and tinting.

Now that center is completely full with the expanded Fat Willy's and the Hexum Cos. office sandwiched in between them.

May 30, 2013

Dirt moving for new hotel in south Rochester

LaquintaatshoppesonmaineDirt is starting to move in the Shoppes on Maine area for the construction of the new La Quinta Inn and Suites hotel

PLC Inc., a hotel development firm out of Fargo, N.D., is building it, just east of the Rochester Toyota car dealership.

The new $4 million, 50,212-square-foot hotel will have 83 rooms.

March 26, 2013

New salon concept ready to launch in south Rochester

A new twist on hair salons is ready to roll into south Rochester.
Austin and Kari Lucas are setting up a Sola Salon Studios franchise in 5,200 square feet of space in Shoppes on Maine. Sola Salon is taking most of the strip of empty spots along the north side of the complex that houses MGM Liquors and the former Best Buy store.

1The concept is more like a mall than a traditional beauty salon. It will be a collection of 26 private studios that will be available for lease by licensed stylists and professionals in related fields. Three sizes of models will be available.

"We're not in the salon business," explained Austin Lucas. "We're in the business of putting people into business."

Each studio is its own independent operation with its own name, retail products, prices and hours.

"They keep all of the money. They can start their own salon without any of the usual headaches of starting a business," he said. "This is several steps further than stylists renting a chair, like you see in many salons."

If everything goes as planned, construction should begin soon. The hope is to have the studios ready for tenants by early to mid-summer.

Besides a space, Sola Salon provides the hydraulic chairs, sinks and whatever other basic equipment that is needed.

Access to the studios is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That allows the tenants to be open when they want to work.

Three Sola Salon Studios are open in the Twin Cities, and two others are under construction. This will be the first one outside of the metro area.

March 18, 2013

Flurry of activity at forlorn, orphan lot

So a sharp-eyed reader recently spotted a crew quickly putting up a security fence around the forlorn and often forgotten parking lot without a development, Willow Creek Market at south 48th Street, across U.S. 63 from Shoppes on Maine.

WillcreeklotAfter about six or seven years without any activity, a new fence definitely caught my attention.

When checking it out, i.e. snooping, I spotted some new cars parked in a corner of the lot. When I realized that all of the vehicles were made by Mercedes, the light bulb finally clicked on over my head and this thought bubble soon joined it.

"Hhhmmm... the new Mercedes of Rochester dealership that is getting close to opening across the highway still has its lot Willow full of construction machines. But they would need to be bringing in inventory to prepare for the opening…"

It seems a safe bet that Mercedes is staging its cars on the lonesome orphan lot, while construction wraps up.

Temporary or not, the activity seems positive for the site. Rochester's Hamilton Real Estate is the listing the property these days.