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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
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.

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 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 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…
Fulton Brewing is one of several Twin Cities breweries making lower-alcohol beers. Last May, it debuted its Hopstar session IPA to expand its offering

Craft brewers expand their selections by dialing back alcohol, heavy ingredients

Session beers, which generally have less alcohol and lighter flavor, are gaining popularity.
The design for a new 11-story municipal office building has been revealed.
Courtesy the city of Minneapolis

New designs revealed for Minneapolis consolidated office building

Architects say the openness is the defining feature of the proposed city office building.
Creators Space will offer gallery space for artists on the first floor.

Creative studio and gallery space to open in St. Paul's Lowertown

Creators Space is designed to become a collective gathering, teaching and creating space for artists.
The 33-story Gateway will alter the centerfield view of batters and fans at Target Field.

United Properties revamps design of 33-story tower for downtown Minneapolis

United Properties lands RBC Wealth Management as the main tenant for a proposed 33-story tower.
Construction workers framed out the center atrium of the East End project.

Rapidly rising East Town still seeks heart in downtown Mpls.

In less than five years, developers have spent more than $1 billion to construct offices, apartments, condos, hotels and other commercial projects around U.S. Bank Stadium. But the area still requires some heavy lifting — not involving cranes or concrete — to become the vibrant, cohesive place people envisioned.
A rendering shows a rooftop pool at the newly proposed Radisson Blu hotel in Anaheim, Calif.Courtesy Radisson Hotel Group

More Radisson hotels to open in NYC and Los Angeles

The hotel company is adding locations in New York City and Anaheim, Calif.
Tom “TD” Dixon, chief marketing officer for jerky maker Jack Link’s, joined the company’s famous mascot, Sasquatch, at its new Minneapolis off

Jack Link's sends a marketing message with new 'North Woods' office

The new space reflects the fun North Woods theme of its ads, open for passersby to see
A 2015 rendering of the tower planned for the Nicollet Hotel Block.

Skyscraper a step closer to rising on Nicollet Mall

RBC entered a lease deal for United Properties' tower, which should pave the way for final city approval of the 33-story office tower, hotel and condo project.
Dan Collison of the Downtown Council at City Center.

Minneapolis Downtown Council explores pop-ups pilot for vacant retail space

Group explores short-term retail shops in downtown vacant spots.
Rendering shows proposed parking ramp at the Wells Fargo campus in south Minneapolis.

Wells Fargo wants to make room for 1,250 more workers at its south Mpls. campus

The company already has a sizable ramp at the site near I-35W and E. 28th Street.
Storyteller Pollen launches Pollen Studio to help other nonprofits and firms

Storyteller Pollen launches Pollen Studio to help other nonprofits and firms

Minneapolis nonprofit's website is known for creative storytelling.
Brass Foundry Brewing Co. plans to join commercial tenants at Baker Tech, an office complex near the intersection of Interstate 494 and Hwy. 62.

Brass Foundry Brewing shifts from downtown Mpls. to Minnetonka business park

It had plans to open in the only single-family house in downtown Minneapolis near U.S. Bank Stadium, but now is going in near I-494 and Hwy. 62.
Northstar Center's east entrance, as it appeared in 2016. The center, a complex of three buildings, was purchased by a New York real estate firm.

Northstar Center and part of Gaviidae sell in downtown Minneapolis

They are the latest in a slew of Minneapolis properties sold.
Alatus released this rendering of what the Rice Creek Commons business area may look like as it begins to redevelop the former Twin Cities Army Ammuni

State's biggest property makeover: Arden Hills ammo site to be redeveloped

If plans are approved, construction of Rice Creek Commons will start in 2020
Streamlining: Radisson’s Eric De Neef, above, is helping refocus the company’s eight hotel brands under one name. Top: Plans also call for more up

Radisson is investing nearly $200 million in brand

The former Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group wants to become one of the world's top hospitality companies
A 2015 rendering of the tower planned for the Nicollet Hotel Block.

Plans for Nicollet Hotel Block call for RBC Wealth Management to anchor office space

United Properties also plans a Four Seasons Hotel.
Thrivent Financial wants to build its new headquarters on one of its downtown Minneapolis parking lots. View from S. 6th Street and Portland Avenue.

Thrivent reveals new HQ, other development on downtown Mpls. block

Besides a new Thrivent building in downtown Minneapolis, the plans call for a hotel and apartment building and day care and fitness centers.
An image of a Level Office at one of their other locations.

Co-working provider Level Office purchases downtown Minneapolis building

For a co-working space firm, the move is atypical.
Lake Street Apartments on Lake Street and Harriet Avenue are proposed to have two phases which would have a total of 222 apartment units. Image courte

Affordable apartments proposed for Lyn-Lake area of Minneapolis

A proposed high-density project would include 222 units in the heart of the bustling neighborhood.
The Marquette Plaza office building in downtown Minneapolis has been sold to a California investment firm. File photo of the "Minnstagramers" photogra

Marquette Plaza in downtown Minneapolis sells for $88.4 million

Building formerly was used as headquarters of Mpls. Federal Reserve.

Developer plans pair of hotels near theaters and Target Center in downtown Minneapolis

Plan would add 215 rooms on a vacant block near the Target Center.

Minneapolis-area building group hands out awards for managing, renovating

The best of Twin Cities commercial real estate was recognized last week at the fifth-annual Best of BOMA Awards.
IBM Rochester entrance. A California real estate investment firm has purchased the IBM Corp. campus in Rochester and plans to add more tenants

Rehabber of old industrial sites buys giant IBM complex in Rochester

New owner plans a mix of office, industrial and other businesses.
The Dayton’s Project aims to develop the former Dayton’s store in Minneapolis into retail and office space, as seen in this rendering.

Former Dayton's store design takes shape in downtown Minneapolis

Deconstruction work has sparked tweaks to initial plans for historic building.
Capella Tower, in the center of the Minneapolis skyline with the halo, has been sold.

Capella Tower in Minneapolis sold for $255 million

The price is one of the highest paid for a Twin Cities office building.
The Rand Tower in downtown Minneapolis.

Owner of Rand Tower in Minneapolis wants to convert it into a hotel

Plans to create short-term offices fizzled and the hotel idea rose.
Exterior of St. Paul’s Church on the Hill on Summit Ave., just east of Snelling Ave.

St. Paul's Church on the Hill sold to developer who plans performing arts center

St. Paul Conservatory of Music plans to rent space in the building from new owner John Rupp.
Jeff Freeland Nelson, the general partner of American Public Media's Glen Nelson Center, and Melissa Kjolsing Lynch, founding manager of Lunar Startup

American Public Media to open shared workspace, startup incubator in St. Paul

The 10,000-square-foot shared workspace in downtown St. Paul will be called the Glen Nelson Center.

How CoStar sees the Twin Cities commercial market

An assessment of the Twin Cities office scene reflects the flat outlook predicted in other recent local analyses.
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