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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | Commercial real estate
Phone: 612-673-4495
Nicole Norfleet currently covers commercial real estate along with professional services including the Twin Cities' thriving marketing, accounting, and legal communities. She is also a general assignment business reporter. She joined the Star Tribune's business team in the winter of 2015 after working as the St. Paul public safety reporter and holding various other metro assignments at the paper.
Recent content from Nicole Norfleet
The East tower of First National Bank Building will soon be converted into apartments.Courtesy of Madison Equities

First National Bank in St. Paul to soon be converted into apartments

Renovation of the iconic St. Paul building is to include 170 apartments.
Ackerberg plans to renovate the Williams Pub building and rebrand it The Carling. (Courtesy of ESG)

Ackerberg to renovate Williams Pub building in Uptown

The building is near the firm's MoZaic offices.
The Jacobson Building has been sold.Photo by Jim Buchta

Another North Loop building changes hands

St. Louis Park-based Paster Properties has purchased another retail and office building in the North Loop. Paster Properties has bought the Jacobson building at 606…
Whole new avenue: The view from 2nd Street and Park Avenue S. showcases two major projects underway: the mixed-use 205 Park Av. and the high-rise Iron

Remake of Washington Avenue in Minneapolis enters final phase

Millions of dollars are being poured into the redevelopment of the last surface parking lots on the east end of downtown Minneapolis.
AECOM wants to build a condo building on the Guthrie Liner Parcel.Courtesy Dwyer/Oglesbay

New Washington Av. projects: More condos, apartments, office space

Parking lots and vacant lots in Minneapolis are targeted for redevelopment along Washington Avenue.
The Commission House is being converted into an apartment complex with retail stores.

Seestedt Carpet building to be converted into apartments in St. Paul

The Lowertown building has been sold to a group of developers, and the business plans to move.
Renovations of the 701 Carlson building include a new lobby.

Carlson HQ in Minnetonka to be renovated and open to other tenants

The Minnetonka office tower will get a modern update.
Kraus-Anderson has proposed to build a 16-story apartment tower with approximately 330 units and a new Wells Fargo bank on 8th Street between Portland

Kraus-Anderson proposes apartments on Wells Fargo site in Minneapolis

Kraus-Anderson proposes plan for downtown Mpls. site; the bank would stay.
Doug Hoskin, the Minneapolis businessman known for his company, Interstate Parking, at the corner of 7th Street and 5th Avenue S. in Minneapolis.

Doug Hoskin discusses downtown parking, development and baking

Hoskin has a lot of shovels in the ground.
The Legend Lounge has an open, outdoor modern feel to it.

Jack Link's new theater lounge opening just in time for 'Hamilton'

An unusual partnership between the Hennepin Theatre Trust and the jerky maker has led to a new theater lounge.
An illustration of the new facility.

Plans for new Uptown Planned Parenthood revealed

Planned Parenthood has provided more details on the Uptown clinic that it plans to build financed by donations, including a $6.5 million gift. The nonprofit…
Construction workers for Kraus-Anderson are putting the finishing touches on the Elliot Park Hotel, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

Elliot Park Hotel is last piece to multi-use downtown Mpls. project

The 168-unit luxury hotel at 9th Street and 5th Avenue will open next month.
Doran executives form new development company

Doran executives form new development company

Doran RE Partners will have similar focus of Doran but with separate capital.

Stinson Leonard Street combines with St. Louis intellectual property firm

The merger will take effect in October.
Fans used a new system that reads tickets from a cell phone before the Minnesota Vikings took on the Jacksonville Jaguars at US Bank Stadium, Saturday

Vikings transition to all-digital tickets without a glitch Saturday

The team is one of a handful of football teams moving this year away from print tickets.
Change-maker: Lynne Robertson, CEO and owner of Fame, toasted clients and employees working on an account on Aug. 1. She bought back the Minneapolis a

Women are changing the game at Twin Cities ad agencies

As more female creatives step into the C-suite, they are shifting the way agencies do business.
The exterior of the 428 Building, once the old Woolworth’s store in downtown St. Paul.

Much-loved St. Paul Woolworth's reopens as eco-forward office space

Former St. Paul landmark now includes co-working space called Wellworth.
Rolland Anderson

Rolland Anderson, longtime advertising executive and mentor, dies at 82

Revered for his artistic eye for ads and clever headlines, Anderson built a lasting legacy in his ability to mentor and elevate others.

New hotel to be built in downtown St. Paul

The Raymond Group paid nearly $2.6 million for a surface parking lot on the corner of Jackson Street and E. 9th Street, a couple blocks from Mears Park.
The Harris Machinery Co. warehouse

Hungry for more: Project near Surly Brewing adding to its initial plans

Apartments and grocery store could be added to food-hall development near Surly Brewing.
One busy man: Dan Collison, director of downtown partnerships for Minneapolis Downtown Council, executive director of East Town Business Partnership,

East Town area of Minneapolis is growing up fast

That's the verdict of one of downtown's busiest and most engaged observers, who shares his views.
FILE- In this June 5, 2018, file photo, a roll of steel is moved at the Borusan Mannesmann Pipe manufacturing facility in Baytown, Texas. The U.S. has

Contractors see tariff-fueled steel prices rise but aren't panicking

But the recently imposed tariffs on critical components of most office and industrial buildings have left construction companies guessing.
Radisson Hotel in Duluth. Radisson Hotels is a major international hotel chain with 420 hotels in 73 countries

Two years after sale to HNA, Radisson changing hands again

Little immediate impact is expected from the sale of the hotel company to Shanghai-based Jin Jiang.
Developers want to build a condo tower on this Minneapolis lot but so far don’t have access from the parkway to their ramp.

Ryan Cos. changes plans for driveway for Mpls. condo tower

Ryan Cos. has tentatively prepared to change its site plan so residents would get to the 101-unit condo building and parking ramp from 11th Avenue via a private road.
The residential development will be setback from France Avenue. Rendering shows view at the corner of France Avenue and 72nd Street.Courtesy DJR Archi

Proposed France Avenue project in Edina has another new look

After pushback, architects' latest plan for the Edina project includes a pedestrian-friendly promenade.
Padilla CEO Lynn Casey and President Matt Kucharski

Minneapolis PR firm Padilla becomes latest local agency to sell to larger rival

Sale continues PR industry consolidation trend.
A model guest room has been built in unused space in the Radisson Red in Minneapolis.

Radisson shows off new look in model room at its Red hotel in Minneapolis

Hospitality company is rolling out a major redesign of its Radisson hotel rooms.
AARON LAVINSKY, STAR TRIBUNEThe newest Twin Cities high-rise is the 431-unit Hub, near the University of Minnesota.

Report says Twin Cities commercial real estate outpaced expectations in first half

Office, industrial and retail space continues to be filled even as companies consolidate their space and some retailers close stores.

Lunar Startups announces first cohort in St. Paul

Lunar's six companies will share a workspace in downtown St. Paul.
Andy Olson, a Sharrett’s employee, restocked newly delivered wine. While the store sells more wine on Sundays, it hasn’t offset the extra cost of

A year after Sunday sales, jury still out on benefits for Minn. liquor store owners

A year after Minnesota allowed retail sale of alcohol on the seventh day, independent shops have not been won over.
Finding a match: “I think ultimately you will be able to order an office space like you do an Uber,” said DealBoard founder Jim Simpson. The site

DealBoard website looks to become the Uber of real estate

Minneapolis commercial real estate software company relaunches to help brokers find a property for tenants.
The 14th Avenue Flats would offer 175 units of affordable housing.Courtesy Schafer Richardson

Developers propose hundreds of apartment units in Minneapolis

Future plans could include a pair of high-rises up to 30 stories each
In this file photo, generals salute during an installation ceremony at the U.S Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., one the Army's three major com

Austin beat out Twin Cities, others for Army Futures Command due to STEM 'ecosystem'

Army says it looked for a mix of quality of life and private-sector innovation in choice for new Army Futures Command.
Sherman Associates wants to build a structure that includes apartments.

Developers submit proposals for city-owned site near Guthrie in Minneapolis

Four developers have different possible plans for the vacant land.
“I’m proud we were one of the very select few finalists,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was part of a larger group trying to woo the mi

Twin Cities loses out as Austin, Texas, gets Army R&D facility

Local officials were informed late Thursday, and an announcement about Army Futures Command was scheduled for Friday.
Thrivent Financial and development leaders were on hand to kick off construction of Thrivent's new headquarters.

Thrivent plans to sell its last lot for development in downtown Minneapolis

Micro-unit apartment building in East Town is planned by developer.
Mark Bubula, co-founder of Friends & Neighbors, leads a meeting at the ad firm’s Minneapolis headquarters.“Digital has changed the landscape in a

An industry transitions: Twin Cities ad scene blossoms with small, independent agencies

Digital marketing's growth reshaped balance between advertising giants, smaller shops.
Terrific views of the runway and airport. The InterContinental MSP International Airport Hotel, the first hotel in history to be connected to MSP Inte

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport's first connected hotel opens this month

The InterContinental hotel, with rooms available in August, boasts luxury amenities and unique views.
Sherman Associates wants to build a mixed-use project, anchored by a 22-story apartment building on this block in downtown Minneapolis. The Crooked Pi

Sherman Associates wants to build large residential, small-retail project near Crooked Pint Ale House

Sherman wants to build an apartment tower at the edge of downtown.
Eva Stevens

Eva Stevens, chief operating officer at United Properties, to retire

She spent 17 years at one of the region's leading commercial real estate companies.
CoStar said it has gained ground with its plane.

Catching a ride with CoStar as it surveys the Twin Cities

Imagine Big Brother but just for buildings. Amber Surrency, a former intelligence analyst in the Marines who is now an aerial research photographer for CoStar,…
Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. announced Monday that it will develop the site of the former Ford assembly plant in St. Paul.

Ryan Cos. to develop massive former Ford site in St. Paul

The Minneapolis-based company announced Monday that it will work with the city of St Paul on a development plan. It's the latest step toward transforming the 122-acre parcel in the Highland Park neighborhood into a high-density urban village.
The new home of Thor Cos. is at Plymouth and Penn avenues.

Thor Cos. close to opening new headquarters in north Minneapolis

$36 million center draws investment to neglected site in north Minneapolis.
Object Partners employees enjoy a company-paid trip to Mexico every three years. (Provided by Object Partners)

Empowerment, flexibility key selling points for small businesses

Perks are nice, but small businesses say key selling points are empowerment, flexibility for workers.
More than 1,200 interns from a few dozen large and mid-size companies in the Twin Cities spend the afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium learning about the r

Twin Cities businesses pull out all the stops for 'massive opportunity' with interns

Twin Cities firms rolled out the welcome mat to encourage young prospects to live here.
The Radisson was the first bought by magnate Curt Carlson.
ates.

Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis is sold

The 360-room luxury hotel and meeting center was renovated in 2014.
The design for a new 11-story Minneapolis municipal office building. Friday was the last full weekday for workers, courthouse visitors and other drive

Minneapolis government parking garage comes down next week to make way for municipal building

The ramp was used for the last time on Friday, as wrecking crews take it over on Monday.
Construction at Allianz Field in St. Paul, as shown in February.

Apartment complex proposed near new St. Paul soccer stadium

The complex would also include retail space and underground parking.
The Suburban World Theatre in Uptown, showin in 2017.

Suburban World theater in Uptown could become new event and concert venue

A potential new buyer wants to rehab the historic vacant theater.
James Garrett is one of the founding partners of the St. Paul 4RM+ULA architecture firm. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com ñ June 7, 201

St. Paul architecture firm brings cultural relevance and art to projects

A focus on culturally relevant architecture helps St. Paul-based 4RM+ULA draw high-profile projects.
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has been in talks with United Properties about the Gateway project for more than two years. But recent documents indicat

New downtown Mpls. tower may get more floors, but no hotel or condos

The uses envisioned for the Gateway may change, developer United Properties told city planners.
The historic Kickernick building in Minneapolis is under renovation.

United Properties renovates Kickernick Building in Minneapolis

United Properties is in the middle of the renovation of yet another brick-and-timber building just steps away from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. The 150,000-square-foot…
City Center, center, is changing owners again after it was acquired in late 2016 for $315 million by HNA Property Holdings.

City Center tower, mall in Minneapolis sell for $320 million

The buyer has plans to renovate the building.
The site of the former Arby’s fast-food restaurant in Uptown could become luxury apartments.

Former Uptown Arby's could be site of luxury apartments

Reuter Walton is planning a mixed-use building with 170 apartments on compact site where Lake meets Lagoon.
David Khabie

David Khabie, tailor who brought a knack for style to businessmen in the Twin Cities, dies at 81

David Khabie was good with cloth and even better with people.Khabie, who immigrated to the U.S. from the Middle East and raised his family in…
Ad veteran Mike Lescarbeau, who has branched into consulting, says job satisfaction is about letting employees “be their authentic selves at work.�

Former ad exec Mike Lescarbeau talks about his new HR consulting firm

After 40 years in the ad industry, he started an employee-engagement firm called Person that provides consulting on retention and inclusion.
Hotels, offices, residential complexes and retail shops are possible for the land around the new Allianz Field.

Mortenson to lead mixed-use development near St. Paul soccer stadium

Developer says the new Allianz Stadium could be transformational for the Midway neighborhood.
The Capitol Region Watershed District broke ground on its new headquarters.

Just Listed: Capitol Region Watershed District to get renovated headquarters

The Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) broke ground on its new multimillion headquarters in the Midway area of St. Paul last week. The CRWD, which…
Desserts include a passion fruit mousse, salted caramel chocolate chip cookies, a rocher with hazelnuts, a mango cream pie puff and a scotcheroo.

North Loop's Edwards Dessert Kitchen is a foodie destination with a secret

Customer interaction could inspire new food products for Schwan's Co.
Room to grow: In September, packaging manufacturer North Star Sheets is expected to move into the 161,000-square-foot building under construction at H

Twin Cities industrial real estate sector is on the rise

Growth of e-commerce, manufacturing is turning the ugly duckling of commercial real estate into its strongest, most profitable sector.

Just Listed: President named for St. Paul Downtown Alliance

Joe Spencer, the former director of arts and culture for the city of St. Paul, has been named the president of the newly formed St.…
A still from a new ad spot for Securian Financial.Courtesy Securian Financial

Securian becomes Securian Financial, launches new advertising push

St. Paul company wants to build awareness with consumers with ad campaign about life's special moments
Sarah Edwards interviewed Ashley Ochiagha of FMYH.co for her video series on new entrepreneurs. Dylan Garrison of Press Play Media shot the video.

More marketing dollars and scrutiny focused on social influencers

Social influencers who post online are signing more formal contracts and being regulated more closely.
David Frank, in front of the Father of Waters statue in Minneapolis City Hall, is head of the city’s Department of Community Planning and Economic D

New Minneapolis city planner David Frank says priorities include affordable housing

The director of Minneapolis' Department of Community Planning and Economic Development looks back and ahead.
A Life Time Work space opened last month at Life Time’s athletic club in Ardmore, Pa. Courtesy Life Time

Life Time expanding into co-working spaces, three metro locations planned

After debuting elsewhere, the athletic club is bringing Life Time Work to Minn.
Dozens of advertisers dropped their ads after Laura Ingraham made controversial comments about a school shooting survivor.

As technology made it simpler to buy ads, the prospect of controversy forces advertisers to be cautious

Companies roll out "brand safety" strategies to keep their ads from landing next to controversial content.
The lobby of the AT&T Tower in downtown is being remodeled to attract visitors and improve its appeal to tenants.

AT&T Tower in Minneapolis dials up a new lobby, other renovations

The downtown skyscraper is opening up its first floor and adding co-working space.

Edina high-rise receives preliminary approval

A luxury apartment tower to be built at the site of the Guitar Center store in Edina has received preliminary approval from the city. The…
Andrew Cantwell, right, will be chief executive and managing partner of Carlson Private Capital Partners, the new investment firm of the Carlson famil

Carlson family starts investment firm, with an eye on family-owned and midsized firms

The new firm, to be known as CPC Partners, will focus on opportunities in the Upper Midwest.
Pat Ryan, right, and then-City Council Member Jacob Frey toured the site of the Ryan Cos.' Millwright Building at its groundbreaking in 2016. Ryan, 64

Ryan Cos. will no longer be led by a Ryan family member

In carefully orchestrated succession plan, Pat Ryan will hand off top job to current COO Brian Murphy.
Dee McKinnies, who later married Jim Dunn, is shown here in 1976, when she another female officer became Minneapolis' first all-female patrol tandem.

Obituary: Minneapolis' 1st black female cop endured indignities from others on force

Dee Dunn, who died at age 74, was honored by her family and the law enforcement community during a service Saturday in St. Paul.
Ice still lines the beach at Park Point in Duluth. On Saturday, several people had to be rescued when they fell through it.

Several fall through Lake Superior ice off Duluth's Park Point

No one was seriously hurt, but the rescue operations were difficult and intense.
Rocks slid on the street just south of Plato Boulevard.

Rock slide shuts down part of Wabasha Street in St. Paul for the weekend

No injuries were reported after several rocks tumbled from the cliff on Saturday afternoon.
One Spot Chief Executive Keith Pelatowski said the One Spot app is beneficial for property managers because it streamlines important communications.

Plymouth startup creates One Spot app to streamline work of property managers

The One Spot software was developed to help commercial property managers more efficiently oversee work at sites.

St. Paul Port Authority unveils 'net zero' warehouse prototype

As the world deals with the effects of air pollution and climate change, many would be surprised to discover that more carbon dioxide emissions in…
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