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New headquarters in sight, Maurices donates building to UMD

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: February 11, 2014 - 1:05 PM

A building that's been part of Maurices' headquarters in Duluth will soon become a downtown campus for the University of Minnesota Duluth. The fast-growing clothing retailer announced Tuesday that it's donating the four-story building on West Superior Street to the university.

UMD plans to house classes for adult students in the new space, among other things. In a statement, Chancellor Lendley Black said that the "highly functional downtown space" will "provide unprecedented community access to educational opportunities and alleviate some existing space constraints on campus."

Maurices is planning to build a $70 million headquarters down the street. The company released details and renderings in January of that 11-story, 200,000-square-foot building, which will house 600 employees. It's set to be completed in 2015.

Right now, 425 employees are split among three downtown buildings. The 75,000-square-foot building Maurices is donating to UMD "houses a fitness center, contemporary loft area, large auditorium, plenty off conference rooms and meeting spaces and is accessible by skywalk and Superior Street," the company said in a news release.

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