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Edina Realty breaks ground on its first new office building since '07

Posted by: Jim Buchta under Buying Updated: August 5, 2014 - 10:28 AM

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Edina Realty broke ground this week on a new office building in Plymouth - the company's first new facility since 2007.

The 10,000 square-foot, one-level building will house about 100 agents and staff and is being built on a vacant lot at 9605 Schmidt Lake Rd. and will replace a facility that's at 4425 Highway 169 North. It'll serve agents that focus on markets ranging from Minneapolis to St. Michael.

Edina Realty, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, has been remodeling, upgrading and moving its offices to better accommodate the changing ways agents do businesses - namely an increasing reliance on technology for an increasingly mobile sales force. The existing Plymouth building didn't lend itself to such a transformation and another suitable building wasn't available. used in the neighboring Maple Grove location, which relocated in Nov. 2013

Edina Realty CEO Greg Mason, president Barb Jandric, regional manager Terry McDonough and Plymouth office manager Jeff Shuman were on hand for the occassion.

“Our current facility is not ideal for the way agents do business today,” said Shuman. The offices will have several Apple TVs and fully outfitted private workspaces with computers, printers and phones. The building is being designed by Mohagen Hansen architects and is being constructed by Shingobee Builders; it'll be owned by United Properties. The Plymouth office is Edina Realty’s third largest and construction is expected to be completed by January 2015.

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