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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

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.
A family poses inside the football-shaped snow globe on Nicollet Mall as part of Super Bowl Live earlier in the month.

Twin Cities hotels see huge jump in revenue thanks to Super Bowl

The revenue per available room during game weekend was up 626 percent over the same weekend last year.
Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk of the United States react after their final run during the men’s doubles luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in

Minnesota 3-D printing helps U.S. luge team improve in Olympics

Eden Prairie-based Stratasys made molds for specialized sleds.
The 135-unit apartment complex is smaller than two earlier proposals at France Avenue and Gallagher Drive in Edina.
Courtesy DJR Architecture

Architects scale back proposal for apartment complex on Edina's France Avenue

The newest idea from DJR scraps a bike bridge above the busy street.
Owner HNA is renaming Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as Radisson Hotel Group.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is changing name to Radisson

Step is the latest move made by HNA Tourism.
Margaret Murphy worked with a team of marketing professionals at her new firm, Bold Orange, in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis ad exec moves quickly in new firm with acquisition of fundraising firm

New marketing firm Bold Orange acquires largest gift card fundraising company in the country
A rendering shows what the inside of Finnegans’ brewery and taproom will look like.

New apartment complex in Edina to be called Nolan Mains

The luxury apartments rising near Edina’s post office are going to be named after Leo Nolan, an early developer and business owner in the nearby…

Minneapolis marketing agency to pay $2 million to settle complaint on deceptive ads

The settlement amount with the FTC is one of the largest involving an ad agency.
This photo provided by Kia Motors America shows a scene from the company's spot for Super Bowl 51 with Melissa McCarthy. The television commercials th

Twin Cities marketers discuss shift in Super Bowl ads to more socially conscious messaging

The television commercials that dominate Super Bowl Sunday aren't known for being highbrow. But come Sunday, when more than 100 million viewers are expected to tune into the Super Bowl, many of the ads won't be aimed at making people laugh, but to promote social change.

Empty Minneapolis storefronts turned into Super Bowl pop-ups

A bunch of new shops have opened in downtown Minneapolis skyways, but they will disappear next week. With the Super Bowl on Sunday, previously empty…
The Hyundai human snow globe on Nicollet Mall gives the company a presence in the heart of the Super Bowl activities in downtown Minneapolis.

Marketers face crowded and restrictive Super Bowl scene

Marketers and their clients face restrictions in Super Bowl zone.
Park Square Court is planned to be the location of a new hotel.

New boutique hotel slated near Mears Park in St. Paul

A Marriott Tribute hotel is being planned for downtown St. Paul.
The former JB Hudson jewelry store will be a backstage waiting area for performers before they hit the “Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain” for the

With major venues booked up for Super Bowl events, planners got creative

A historic mansion outside downtown Minneapolis could make the perfect venue for a Super Bowl soiree as long as event planners don’t mind that it…
The Twin Cities did not make the first cut in Inc.'s list of regions where it might locate a second headquarters. File photo of Amazon’s

Why did Twin Cities miss out on first cut for 2nd Amazon HQ?

Minneapolis-St. Paul was one of 238 that tried to become the second home for the retail giant. Amazon said it expects to make a final selection later this year.
Amelio Sanchez, left, and Saul Andraca transferred dough from a mixer to a table in 2008 at the Saint Agnes Baking Co. in St. Paul. The baker will cea

Restaurants scrambling after Saint Agnes Baking Co. pulls plug on bread business

Restaurant owners are especially worried about losing their vendor with little notice with the expected Super Bowl rush.
The Treasure Island Center building had its grand opening on Tuesday in St. Paul. Here, workers were putting the finishing touches on the exterior.

Treasure Island Center in old St. Paul Macy's has grand opening

The old department store building has been completely redeveloped and includes a practice rink for the Wild.
Rendering shows a view looking west at the proposed Grandview residential tower and art center and artists complex along Eden Avenue, near the interse

Developer proposes 17-story residential tower in Edina, along with new art center

The project would rise on a vacant site near Hwy. 100 and Vernon Avenue.
View looking northeast shows the new towers to the left of the existing one, with Excelsior Blvd. and Lake Calhoun on the right and downtown Minneapol

Two 22-story residential towers proposed near Lake Calhoun

Developer wants to build largest residential project in Minneapolis in years.
Bridgewater Bank wants to build a new company headquarters in St. Louis Park.

Bridgewater Bank wants to move headquarters to St. Louis Park

Bloomington's Bridgewater is looking at St. Louis Park for its new headquarters.
Fifty South Sixth building in downtown Minneapolis.

Fifty South Sixth building fetches $258.5 million in sale

Price is one of highest for a Twin Cities office building in recent years.
Site of the former Ford Assembly Plant in St. Paul.

Marketing starts for a developer of St. Paul Ford site

The site of the longtime assembly site in the Highland Park neighborhood has officially hit the market.
The best form of networking may be informal and can resemble ordinary socializing.

Networking is still the ultimate job-finding strategy

Job seekers shouldn't overlook the important of networking.
A 17-story apartment tower is being proposed to be built at the site of the Guitar Center in Edina.Image courtesy Lund Real Estate Partners; ESG

17-story apartment tower proposed for Guitar Center site in Edina

Developer proposes 17-story apartment tower aimed at older, wealthy people who have downsized from houses.

Will your Minnesota income tax change? Here's the brackets for 2018

The income limits will change by about 2 percent based on inflation.
A billboard on Hennepin Avenue gets worked on in downtown Minneapolis in 2014. Minneapolis is considering expanding the area where off-premise adverti

Minneapolis weighs expanded billboard zone downtown for Super Bowl

Some see revenue opportunities while others see a rise in visual pollution.
The Big Kmart at Signal Hills in West St. Paul has been empty for a year with no prospects yet to fill its sizable space.

As stores go dark, cities rethink aging shopping centers

The struggles lead officials and property owners to rethink long-held assumptions and priorities about shopping centers.
Gene Mady

Gene Mady, owner of landmark bowling alley in Twin Cities, dies at 84

For 47 years, he owned Mady's Bowling Center. He cried in announcing its 2011 closure.
The Graduate Minneapolis, a 304-room hotel, was formerly known as the Commons Hotel.

WeWork co-working provider opening another Minneapolis office in Uptown area

Shortly after it opened its first Twin Cities office, co-working provider WeWork has announced plans it will open another space in Minneapolis. WeWork signed a…
Planning officials have approved plans for a new hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis OKs dual-branded hotel for downtown

Minneapolis officials have given approval for developers to convert an existing office building in the downtown core into a 203-room, dual-branded Hilton Tru and Home2…
U.S. Bank and Visa will be take over McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks on Nicollet Mall during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

U.S. Bank prepares for Super Bowl marketing stage in Minneapolis

Executives expect the game will put more attention on the Minneapolis-based bank company than it has ever gotten.
Kids splashed in the newly opened 75,000 square foot waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge. ] GLEN STUBBE • Tuesday, December 12

Great Wolf Lodge opens in Bloomington at former Water Park of America site

The just-opened Bloomington resort replaces the Water Park of America
A lounge featuring a Jack Link's-inspired menu is planned for the former Solera building.

New lounge for theater lovers will feature Jack Link's-inspired menu

The planned lounge in the former Solera building follows the jerky company's move into nearby Mayo Clinic Square.
FILE -- Large spheres in front of Amazon's building in Seattle, Sept. 27, 2017. Amazon said in October it had received proposals from 238 cities and r

Minnesota's initial pitch for new Amazon HQ has little financial help

The state's existing programs have little to offer Amazon, but officials said the Legislature could come up with more.
Josh Hoffman, left, and Ken Greene are two of the leaders within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group who are driving the company’s new corporate vision.

Carlson Hotels to change name as Minnesota company looks to future

Under new ownership, the company has new executives and a plan to aggressively expand the number of hotels it runs.
Developers have proposed a 40-story apartment tower in downtown Minneapolis on 5th Street near Nicollet Mall.

New 40-story apartment tower proposed in downtown Minneapolis

5th Street tower near Nicollet Mall would have 261 units, 266 parking spots and access to the skyway.

Hennepin County awards $1.7 million in transit grants

Four transit-oriented development projects in Hennepin County have been awarded $1.7 million in grants. Last week, the Hennepin County Board, acting as the Housing and…
A rendering shows what neighborhood development at the Roof Depot site in south Minneapolis could look like. Planned are aquaponics farms and affordab

Neighborhood group wants aquaponics farms, bike shop and cafe at East Phillips site

A coalition of residents in Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood wants to turn city land close to the Midtown Greenway into aquaponics farms, affordable housing and a neighborhood-run bike shop and cafe.

Former Pioneer Press building in downtown St. Paul sells again

The former home of the Pioneer Press newspaper in downtown St. Paul has been sold for the second time in two years and is planned to be turned into affordable housing.

Patent appeals court rules Cutsforth lawsuit to stay in Minnesota

The decision might set a precedent for other patent infringement cases.
Perkins + Will senior project architect Doug Pierce is helping to develop standards to make buildings more resilient, which is called RELi.

Minneapolis architect Doug Pierce helps building designers plan for all kinds of disasters

Perkins+Will architect helps develop standard to help buildings withstand all types of shocks.
KHP Capital Partners of San Francisco paid $46 million for the Hotel Minneapolis and its 111-year-old building, once a home to major banks.

Hotel Minneapolis, in a 111-year-old downtown bank building, changes hands

Ownership change will bring a multimillion-dollar renovation to Hotel Minneapolis.
The Washington has recently signed co-working provider Spaces to the North Loop building.

Co-working provider Spaces to open in North Loop

A new co-working office is opening in Minneapolis.
RD Management, a New York developer, will build retail, office, restaurant and residential buildings around Allianz Field, the stadium of Minnesota Un

Mixed-use development around St. Paul soccer stadium is planned

The 20-acre parcel would have mixed-use facilities.
Jack Link's, maker of jerky, is using a new store in Target Center to push its wild-and-outside brand concept in new directions.

Jack Link's debuts Wild Side retail store at Target Center

Jerky maker is selling products that represent the wild-and-outside theme of its brand.
From left to right: Amalia Nicholson, Leeya Jackson, and Shareina Chandler are the women behind the “Borrowed Interest” podcast.

New 'Borrowed Interest' podcast features black, female advertising professionals in Minneapolis

Young professionals start new podcast to give voice to people of color working in advertising.
Rendering depicts how the 9380 Excelsior building at Excelsior Crossings in Hopkins may look after U.S. Bank moves its home mortgage operations there

U.S. Bank home mortgage employees to relocate to Hopkins complex

In major lease deal, the company will occupy one of three buildings that was originally developed for Cargill.
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