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Nicole Norfleet

Reporter | Commercial real estate
Phone: 612-673-4495
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Nicole Norfleet covers commercial real estate along with professional services, including the Twin Cities' thriving marketing, accounting, and legal communities. 


Norfleet 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. She is originally from the East Coast, but now calls the East Side of St. Paul home. Norfleet and her partner Liz have one tabby son named Max and enjoy craft beer, Korean dramas and camping with family. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Recent content from Nicole Norfleet
Ben Smith helped out some customers at Spinning Wylde, a cotton candy shop founded by his wife, Tevy Phann-Smith.

Minneapolis retail pop-up pilot aimed for Final Four weekend

Chameleon Consortium wants to test a retail pop-up concept in downtown Minneapolis office.
Minneapolis-based Bite Squad is being sold to Waitr Holdings Inc., a Louisiana food delivery firm, for $321 million in one of the largest deals for a

Food billionaire Fertitta buys Minneapolis-based Bite Squad for $321M

The deal is one of the biggest involving a Minnesota tech startup in years.
The 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott at 200 Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

New hotel in St. Paul's West 7th area built around historic fire station

The Residence Inn in St. Paul was built around the city's oldest surviving fire station, on Grand Avenue.
Almost derailed four years ago when a major tenant backed out, the MoZaic East building in Uptown will have its ribbon-cutting on Thursday.

Real estate powerhouse Ackerberg Group bets big in Uptown and St. Paul

The real estate company is taking calculated risks throughout the Twin Cities.
ICF Olson

Minneapolis' Olson advertising agency renamed as part of ICF Next

Change follows trend of local agencies being rebranded.
Periscope and Quad/Graphics leaders gathered at Periscope before heading to an off site company meeting to talk to employees about the changes. On the

Mpls.-based Periscope ad agency sold to Wis. firm for $132M

It's the latest domino to fall in the Twin Cities' ever-changing advertising landscape marked by deals.
Tina Hoye, principal of NTH Inc., which represents more than 150 clients, said: “We are going to make sure that the client has a good sense of what

Tina Hoye, of NTH Inc., discusses the changing demands of office users

People are looking for more: "It's a factor in recruiting and retaining employees."
Abdirahman Muse, executive director of Awood Center, leads a meeting of a group that has been discussing working conditions at local Amazon warehouses

Amazon, East African workers at odds over conditions at Shakopee center

A group representing Somali staffers plans to protest what it says are unfair conditions at a Shakopee facility.

Willmar woman dies in three-car crash

A 19-year-old woman was killed when she lost control of the minivan she was driving Friday in central Minnesota. Yasmin Abdi Ahmed, of Willmar, had…
The Musicant Group projected classic Nintendo games in the atrium of the 801 Marquette building in downtown Minneapolis as part of their programming f

Max Musicant's company brings commercial spaces to life

Real estate startup Musicant Group is all about experiences.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has committed to open a 280-room hotel in the Gateway project that United Properties is developing on the north end of

Luxury hotelier Four Seasons signs up as partner of Gateway project

Developers had long hoped to line up Four Seasons to occupy the hotel space in the new tower planned for the north end of Nicollet Mall.
CLAgency leaders brainstormed over an upcoming breakfast gathering with industry professionals, just like professionals.

Student-run CLAgency at the U has its eye on outside clients

Student-operated creative agency takes on more outside clients.
Northeast-facing view of the apartment building Ryan Cos. proposes to build between the Wells Fargo office towers and U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Mi

Offices out, apartments in for project near stadium

Decision by Minneapolis developer Ryan Cos. to propose apartments follows a failed attempt to land an anchor tenant for an office tower.
The BrandLab hosted a Fearless Conversation at the Walker Art Center in April.Courtesy the BrandLab

'This is very, very white': Report cites lagging diversity at Twin Cities ad agencies

Report finds support for hiring initiatives but little change in the workplace.
This is a rendering of the proposed Gateway Tower from June 2018.

New plan for Gateway project envisions 35-story tower

United Properties plans tower with office space, hotel rooms downtown.

Apartment complex near University of Minnesota campus sells for more than $58 million

A 194-unit student housing complex near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis was recently sold for a little more than $58 million.The complex, 44 North…
Thomas Dinndorf

Thomas Dinndorf, pharmaceutical executive and aviation enthusiast, dies at 84

When Tom Dinndorf wasn't working, he was chasing planes.Dinndorf, who became a private pilot at the age of 16, spent many a day with a…
Mortarr founders, from left, Amy Petersen, Abby Murray and Steve Pulley, call the site “a mashup of LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and a branding ag

Albert Lea-based Mortarr offers online showcase for office design

It has developed a website that aims to make it easier to share commercial office space ideas.
The owners of RSM Plaza recently completed a multimillion renovation of the building's skyway, lobby and common spaces.

After bookstore's exit, RSM Plaza in Minneapolis undergoes renovation

With the more than $10 million in work, the complex's confusing skyway connections are streamlined and brightened.
Tenants currently fill a larger percentage of downtown St. Paul offices than they did last year.

Office vacancy rate decreases in downtown St. Paul

More developers have begun to test the market and invest in renovations and construction of new office space.
The Twin Cities housing market continues to show signs of a shift to a buyer’s market.

Twin Cities housing market continues possible shift toward buyers

September housing numbers show more homes on the market than a year ago, continuing a slow shift.
The Eleven, which would be along the Mississippi River in the Mill District, would stand at 41 stories, or 550 feet.

41-story Eleven condo tower gets approval of Mpls. planners

Rising 550 feet along the riverfront in the Mill District, the Eleven would be the tallest residential tower in the state.
Blake Hastings

Blake Hastings appointed president of Oppidan property development firm

The former managing director of the CBRE office in Minneapolis starts on Nov. 1.
The Sears store on Rice Street in St. Paul opened in August 1963.

Sears stores at Ridgedale, near St. Paul Capitol on closing list

The Twin Cities metro will have one full-line Sears — at the Mall of America.
New ballroom, The Depot.

The Depot in Minneapolis is closing in on its latest transformation

The former Milwaukee Road Depot is being renovated again to add more event space.

Syngenta will move 200 employees into WeWork space in Uptown

The workers will move from Minnetonka to the MoZaic East building.
William Stoeri was named managing partner of Dorsey & Whitney, the Minneapolis-based law firm.

William Stoeri named managing partner of Dorsey & Whitney

He will succeed current managing partner Ken Cutler in a three-year term starting Jan 1.
Streets will be transformed by autonomous vehicles.

University of Minnesota research shows how roads can be greener with driverless vehicles

U research envisions major changes as cities adapt to autonomous vehicles.
Digi International will move away from its complex on Bren Road in Minnetonka for an office complex on Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins.

Digi International moving headquarters to Hopkins

New HQ will have labs and common areas to enhance teams' digital innovation.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are testing an element in fish that could be used to fight cancer.

U unveils marketing campaign highlighting research

The University of Minnesota is continuing to share stories of several of its researchers and their effects on the state.
A steakhouse called 801 Chophouse is going into the former Barnes & Noble. Shown here is the St. Louis location.

Steakhouse moving into former Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis

The Denver-based 801 Chophouse will open next fall.

Dykema law firm in Minneapolis adds 2 intellectual property attorneys

The Dykema law office in Minneapolis has recently added attorneys Robert C. Freed and Conrad A. Hansen to bolster the firm's intellectual property practices, the…
Novel is one of several co-working firms that have opened recently. The Chicago-based company renovated the former Art Institutes building in Minneapo

Co-working sites just keep popping up in the Twin Cities

Although growing, co-working is not as widespread in the Twin Cities compared to other major metro areas.
A “living room” at Sleep Number headquarters has smart beds and a video display that shows installation of Sleep Number mattresses across the coun

From a new home, Sleep Number rolls out new product line

The company emphasizes technology in its bed and brand awareness in its downtown Minneapolis offices.
This is a rendering of the proposed Gateway Tower from June 2018.

United Properties: Hotel will be part of Gateway development in Minneapolis

Gateway development in downtown Minneapolis to include hotel, offices, condos.
Renderings show several towers as part of AECOM's proposal.

Three developers vie for role in transforming part of St. Paul riverfront

Ramsey County staffers are in talks with several developers on how to transform the former West Publishing Co. site.
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.
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