The creative branding agency mono (yes, it's all in lowercase letters) recently signed a lease for 20,400-square-feet of space in Uptown's MoZaic building.
Developed by The Ackerberg Group, the MoZaic mixed-use project is located at Lagoon Ave. and Girard Ave. S. With the mono lease, the building is now 57 percent leased.
mono, which currently leases space at 3036 Hennepin Ave., is known for its high-profile clients Target, Fisker Automotive, Wilson Sporting Goods and the National Hockey League. According to the firm's broker, Tony Weinstine of Marquee Real Estate Advisors, the firm was expanding so much it needed twice the size of its current location. The firm toured other sites in downtown, Uptown and Northeast Minneapolis before settling on the MoZaic site.
Stuart Ackerberg, CEO of The Ackerberg Group, said in a news release that Uptown should be viewed as more than just an entertainment district. "We believed in our vision and kept moving forward, even when all of our peers kept questioning our sanity for building a Class A spec office project in this economy," he said.
Chris Lange, mono's co-founder and creative co-char, said the firm was attracted to the "artistic, energetic vibe" of Uptown.
MoZaic also includes an additional 11,000 square feet of commercial space. Bar Louie, known for its regional American dishes and handcrafted martinis, will be opening its first location in Minnesota at MoZaic this fall.
Janet Moore covers commercial real estate for the Star Tribune.