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Dee DePass

Reporter | Commercial Real Estate
Phone: 612-673-7725

Dee DePass is a business reporter covering commercial real estate for the Star Tribune. She previously covered manufacturing, the economy, workplace issues and banking.


Originally from the East Coast, Dee earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar College and a master's degree in journalism at the University of Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, fitness, reading, and being an adjunct journalism professor.
Recent content from Dee DePass
Nigel Melvin, right, a bar manager at O’Donovan’s Irish Pub, and Eddie Hoaglund, a beer rep with J.J. Taylor, hung a “Now Open” sign outside O

With Twins game, downtown businesses are ready for the most action in a year

Restaurants and bars are happy to see sports fans again.
The Arbor Lakes Business Park has now leased 100% of its first two buildings. Construction is expected to begin on the remaining two buildings planned

Arbor Lakes Business Park in Maple Grove fully leased first two buildings

Maple Grove site ready to begin construction on more space.
Mary Kay Carr

Mary Kay Carr, deli counter worker and garden center enthusiast, dies at 72

Even as others flocked to the internet, Mary Kay Carr preferred shopping from paper catalogs.The Kansas transplant, who moved to Farmington with her parents as…
Portico Benefit Services plans to leave its offices in the RSM Plaza building for an Edina location. The owners of RSM Plaza in 2018 completed a multi

Benefits company will leave downtown Minneapolis, relocate to Edina

Portico Benefit Services will downsize office space by roughly half.
Tanya Taylor, Radisson Hotel Group general counsel and executive vice president.

New general counsel at Radisson talks about returning to hospitality amid COVID

Hotel veteran sees brand growth as key, looks to diversify ranks of owners.
The exterior of the Dayton's Project shown in August 2019.(Staff photo: Mark Vancleave)  ORG XMIT: MIN2008041730342076

Six months after opening, Dayton's Project lands its first major office tenant

Ernst & Young plans to move 800 workers this fall into the downtown Minneapolis building.
Andersen Windows and competitor Marvin are hiring for their operations in Minnesota and elsewhere due to hosuing/apartment building boom. In this Marc

Andersen Windows, Marvin look to add 1,500 workers amid housing construction boom

To compete for talent, the manufacturers are offering hiring bonuses and other incentives.
Houston White inside his barber/coffee shop/menswear showroom.

H. White Men's Room breaks ground for new coffee shop addition in north Minneapolis

Get Down Coffee project wins support from Target, U.S. Bank, United Properties
A proposed $35.5 million mixed-use apartment complex is being proposed to replace  the “Dixie’s On Grand” building and parking lot at 695 Grand

Apartment complex could displace Dixie's on Grand in St. Paul

A proposed $35 million project would replace a single-story building with a mixed-use complex that is five stories high.
Jeremy Jacobs, managing director for Colliers International and chair of the Urban Land Institute Minnesota, said that industry insiders long consider

Target move 'causing heartburn to property managers and owners'

Retail giant's exit from Minneapolis' City Center is likely the first of many moves for changing office tenants.
Friends Abigail Peterson and Jessica Stoe toasted with a cocktail as they waited to be escorted to their six-course dinner served in a private room at

For Minnesota hotel industry, normal could be a year or more away

The hospitality sector has taken a devastating hit from COVID. But with vaccinations rising, operators predict a brighter 2021.
Medtronic plans to build a nearly 600,000-square-foot campus north of Denver to accommodate the area’s 2,000 current employees.

Medtronic to build campus in Colorado; may add 1,000 jobs there

The medical device maker said the project, which is to be completed in 2022, won't affect its Twin Cities operations.
Twin Cities retail stores, hotels and offices saw vacancy rates rise in the second half of last year.

Second half of 2020 tough for much of Twin Cities commercial real estate

Apartment and industrial properties stay strong while offices and hotels struggle, report says
Boxes and furniture fill a packed storage unit  at Twin Cities Self Storage in 2014. (Staff photo by Aaron Lavinsky/ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com)

Twin Cities added 1.2 million square feet of storage space in 2020

The metro now ranks among the 10 largest in the U.S. for storage units.
The initial 13 Red Wing Shoes advertisements started hitting social media sites Tuesday and will run for several months.

Red Wing Shoes launches first global ad campaign

Spots feature real people and tout the brand's 'Out of Fashion' theme.
The BrandLab hosted a Fearless Conversation program in 2018. (Provided photo)

Best Buy, UnitedHealth partners in $1M marketing fellowship program to boost diversity

New BrandLab fellowship program, which Wunderman Thompson also is contributing, starts with 16 fellows this spring.
“[Recycling] contributes $15 billion to the state’s economy and 36,000 direct and indirect jobs,” said the MPCA’s Laura Bishop.

4 Minnesota recyclers receive grants totaling $400,000 from state program

The Recycling Market Development grants range from $50,000 to $149,000.
Office equipment supplier Loffler Companies will convert a former Sam’s Club in St. Louis Park into the company’s new corporate headquarters. (Ren

Shuttered Sam's Club in St. Louis Park will become a corporate headquarters

400 employees of Loffler Companies are slated to move from Bloomington under consolidation plan
Industrial real estate sector soars due to COVID, e-commerce

Industrial real estate sector soars due to COVID, e-commerce

Leasing in the Twin Cities and nationally was strong, helping sector avoid vacancy woes dogging other market segments.
Graco is planning to build a facility in Dayton to accommodate two of its operating divisions that are now located in Minneapolis. (File photo by Glen

Graco plans to build Dayton facility for two of its operating divisions

Company expects to move 225 workers from Minneapolis HQ.
CEO Lourenco Goncalves said Cleveland-Cliffs has a solution to extend HibTac’s life of mine, using land it controls.

Cleveland Cliffs says no thanks to Walz's U.S. Steel partnership idea

Cliffs CEO said the company has own remedy to Hibbing Taconite ore shortage in northern Minnesota.
A view of the central water feature at the planned Highland Bridge development on the site of the former Ford assembly plant in St.Paul. (Rendering co

First residential lots to hit market at former Ford plant site start at $475,000

The parcels go on sale Monday and are set to become a mix of custom-built single family homes.
Ads with Minnesota ties will make Super Bowl appearance

Ads with Minnesota ties will make Super Bowl appearance

Humorous ads for Sleep Number beds and Cenex will hit regional airwaves during the big game on Sunday.
The City of Lakes Community Land Trust has exclusive rights to this property on East 26th Street after the Minneapolis City Council approved a first-o

Whittier neighborhood property being redeveloped in first-of-kind deal with Mpls.

Deal should help a minority resident buy small business property in Whittier
Fredrikson and Byron managing partner John Koneck spoke with another attorney in the U.S. Bank Plaza office the firm has leased since 2002. The firm w

Pandemic has Twin Cities law firms stepping up efforts to downsize offices

As leases expire, firms are looking for less space as remote working takes hold.
Realtor Jim Schwarz in one of the townhomes under construction in his Sheldon Place development in Eden Prairie.

Twin Cities construction plunged again in December

Total building starts were down 27% in December, but residential was up 2%.
Rebecca Crooks-Stratton, the secretary/treasurer of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, shown in October 2019.  (Staff photo by David Joles/davi

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux invests in national engineering firm

Deal for stake in Minneapolis-based firm diversifies tribes holdings beyond casinos, hotels and retail.
A Boston Scientific Corporation logo is displayed in Massachusetts in July 2010. (AP file photo.) ORG XMIT: MIN2007291205221026

Boston Scientific to pay $1B for portable heart monitor maker in Eagan

Preventice Solutions worked with Mayo Clinic to develop cardiac monitors.
As the global pandemic kept most workers home, office vacancy rates in the Twin Cities and nationally remained high in the fourth quarter. (Staff phot

Twin Cities office vacancies rise to 19.9% in fourth quarter

National report says a 2021 recovery likely won't take hold until the second half of the year.
Construction is beginning on a 70 unit affordable apartment complex this week in Edina. The $23 million project is expected to open in 2022. (Renderin

Construction to begin on apartments at former Flyte Tyme Studios site in Edina

The 70 apartments are aimed at renters making 60% or less of the area median income.
The former U.S. Bank building on University and Raymond avenues in St. Paul is slated for demolition to make way for a $50 million apartment project.

After riots, St. Paul's Midway works to turn blight to bright

After years of challenges including light rail construction and last summer's rioting, St. Paul's Midway area is rebuilding and recovering.
While construction at the RBC Gateway tower in downtown Minneapolis continued during the pandemic, as photographed in October, a new industry survey p

2021 looks to be slow for construction firms in U.S. and Minnesota

After a rocky 2020, project delays and cancellations expected to continue.
Kraus-Anderson Development Company will build a  six-story, 220-unit apartment project on the site of a former U.S. Bank branch along the Green Line i

$50 million apartment building to go up in Midway area of St. Paul

Apartment will have 220 units near the Raymond Av. Green Line rail station
Kraus-Anderson Development Company will build a  six-story, 220-unit apartment project on the site of a former U.S. Bank branch along the Green Line i

$50 million apartment building to go up in Midway area of St. Paul

Apartment will have 220 units near the Raymond Av. Green Line rail station
The  wall of the former Schmitt Music Co. is shown shortly after it was repainted with the “Gaspard de la Nuit” musical score in August 1972. It o

Downtown Mpls. parking lot made famous by Prince sold, will become office building

Marquette Av. parking lot made famous by Prince is expected to become offices.
Crestlight Capital, a Detroit-based private equity real estate investment firm, has acquired the Riverplace office campus located at 1, 25, 43 Main an

Detroit firm buys Riverplace office complex in Minneapolis

Sale and future renovations involve four Main Street buildings on banks of Mississippi River
Birke apartment staff Jake Gleason and Vadell Johnson prepped the terrace, which Doran Cos. installed with a heated deck so tenants can use it in wint

COVID will leave lasting mark on state's office and apartment projects

Builders are altering projects and amenities with safety measures.
The Renewal By Andersen replacement windows factory is shown Monday March 7, 2016 in Cottage Grove , MN. (Staff photo by Jerry Holt/Jerry.Holt@Startri

Andersen, Marvin to distribute more than $48 million in profit sharing

Some 10,000 employees will split profits at Bayport window and door maker.
The BBC Xingang came into the Duluth Harbor in November carrying a cargo of wind turbine tower segments.With the expansion of the Clure Terminal, Dulu

Duluth Port Authority buys Duluth Lake Port dock for $950,000

The 7.5 acre dock is part of city's plan to update and refurbish the area.
Under the plan approved by a city committee on Monday, a mall and Walgreens in south Minneapolis will be redeveloped into an eight-story building call

'Somali mall,' Walgreens on Lake Street in Minneapolis set for $40M redevelopment

'Somali mall' and Walgreens — damaged in the unrest following the killing of George Floyd — would become apartments, office and retail space.
In this July photo, Cafe Latte co-owner Bryce Quinn, right, speaks with a customer, Omar Jamal, at the restaurant.

Vaccines big issue for Minnesota businesses: 'Every employer has a decision to make'

How aggressive can those who write the paychecks be in persuading their workers to roll up their sleeves?
Local ad agencies and Minnesota health care providers are producing direct messages like this one aimed at promoting compliance with public health gui

To make ads connect in COVID era, Minnesota agencies go for jugular, funny bone

Health care providers, others try to get public's attention on COVID.
Canadian firm buys environmental firm Wenck in Maple Plain

Canadian firm buys environmental firm Wenck in Maple Plain

Stantec gains engineering workers, new U.S. market.
A taconite plant in Nashwauk remains half-built, despite $1.9 billion spent by various owners.

Minnesota officials approve new lease for stalled Mesabi Metallics project

The approval of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' lease amendments came after much debate.
In this October 2014 file photo, iron workers set up a crane to move steel for the construction of buildings on the site of Essar Steel Minnesota’s

Minnesota considers new lease on defaulted mining project in Nashwauk

Governor and state executive council will review plan Wednesday.
The Rand Tower Club is a fifth floor addition to the building.

See the transformed Rand Hotel Tower after $110M renovation

The transformed hotel opens, but battles COVID-19 as it invites guests to celebrate Rufus Rand, who served in two wars.
Minneapolis ad agency pairs with historically Black college in diversity effort

Minneapolis ad agency pairs with historically Black college in diversity effort

Solve reached out to Morgan State in attempt to recruit people of color to its ranks and the advertising industry.
Simpson

Founder of what would become Periscope Ad Agency dies at 95

Wally Simpson's agency used emerging technology and lots of family help.

The Stable acquires Jacobs Marketing in a made-in-Minneapolis deal

Jacobs Marketing, started in 1982, is best known for its retail marketing muscle.
Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Mayor Jacob Frey said the initiative supports struggling firms while cutting energy costs a

Minneapolis offers energy grants to small businesses hurt during riots

Businesses can apply for grants of up to $40,000 to upgrade energy efficiency in rebuilding.
Leaders behind a development along W. Broadway in north Minneapolis gathered at the Capri Theater: (left to right) architect Damaris Hollingsworth, de

Resurgent north Mpls. neighborhood boasts $125M in projects

As the Capri renovation nears an end, other projects are moving forward
The Pointe Minnetonka will feature underground parking, a golf simulator, an outdoor pool and hot tub, community gardens and fitness studios.

United Properties plans 186-unit senior living complex for Minnetonka

United Properties project will include affordable and market-rate pricing
Dollar General coming to Nicollet Mall in 2021 with urban format

Dollar General coming to Nicollet Mall in 2021 with urban format

The DGX store in the vacant Andrus Building space aims at millennials.
Sherri Anderson

Sherri Anderson, Adopt A Family organizer, dies at 53

If some people seem put on Earth for a purpose, Sherri Anderson surely was placed to shine light during hard times.Born three years before her…

Cirtec Medical plans to add 200 jobs in Brooklyn Park

Med-tech manufacturer using state help to lease site near Brooklyn Park headquarters.
Target on Lake Street will soon re-open after being gutted during unrest and rioting following the killing of George Floyd in May and seen Tuesday in

Target reopens E. Lake Street store heavily damaged in riots

The reopening is viewed as a sign of progress in a hard-hit south Minneapolis area.

Bloomington med-tech firm raises $70 million for back pain therapy

Med-tech firm moved to Bloomington from California two years ago.
Lee’s Liquor Lounge on Glenwood closed in 2019.

Lee's Liquor Lounge building in Minneapolis on the market

The owner of Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis is trying to sell the building and band venue that had become an institution over the decades.…
The RBC Gateway tower is on track, with 17 floors of the eventual 37 already built.

Downtown Minneapolis tower RBC Gateway already has 17 of 37 stories built

The project is on schedule and should have 22 floors by the end of the year.
Deluxe Corp.'s Shoreview headquarters.

Indianapolis firm buys Deluxe campus in Shoreview, plans major redevelopment

Scannell Properties expects to break ground on the Shoreview property in 2021-22.
Eric Merriman, Thrivent director of real estate, stood on the skyway level above the main lobby of the new headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. ] Sha

All Thrivent's new Minneapolis headquarters needs now is employees

The $125 million project is the latest building to rise downtown, but it will sit largely empty until at least January in an abundance of caution.
A hand waved next to a sensor opens doors at Delta Dental in downtown Minneapolis.

Workers return warily to the office, as employers embrace slew of safety measures

Upgraded air filters and plexiglass dividers help employees feel safer.
A rendering shows the familiar building in Uptown, which is being renamed Seven Points. New construction may include apartments. (Credit: NewStudio Ar

Calhoun Square gets new name, with remake to follow

Redevelopment to reopen Lake and Hennepin entrance, add mix of office and retail.
An office in the former Ecolab headquarters is shown in August 2017 before it was redeveloped into Osborn370, a tech center in Downtown St. Paul. (Sta

St. Paul office market holding up in pandemic as vacancy rates decline

Downtown St. Paul office vacancies fell this year, despite the pandemic
The Kindeva Drug Delivery business 3M sold earlier this year is building its own headquarters in Woodbury. Construction on the $15 million project sho

Former 3M med-tech business to get new headquarters in Woodbury

Drug-delivery business building HQ in Woodbury.

Fueled Collective won't reopen in Uptown after riots destroyed office

Offices of Fueled Collective were badly damaged in May's social justice riots.
Rendering of the Satori Village project, which promises to break ground on 198 units of blended “market quality” and affordable apartments by the

North Minneapolis business owner moves forward with apartment/retail development

Demolition is set to begin next month on the building site on W. Broadway.
A revamped Crystal Court in the IDS Center will feature new seating and canopies of taller trees. It is the first remake for the space in 22 years.

IDS Center's Crystal Court to get $5 million makeover

A seven-month project will introduce taller trees, new seating and a revamped water feature to the "social skyscraper."
Police patrolled Nicollet Mall in vehicles in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Safety issues just add to uncertainty facing Minneapolis commercial real estate

Unrest, violence has some commercial leasers now considering their options.
Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug, shown during oral arguments in 2017, retired from the high court July 31. He will work part ti

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug returns to Fredrikson & Byron

He stepped down from the Minnesota Supreme Court because of early Parkinson's.
Radisson Blu Mall of America lobby

Radisson Blu Hotel-MOA will lay off 95 workers due to COVID-19

Hotel cites "catastrophic loss of business" caused by pandemic.
Rendering of the second phase of Destination Medical Center in Rochester.

Mortenson set to break ground on second Destination Medical Center building in Rochester

New phase of Discovery Square project will be part of a massive downtown redevelopment.
A crane Friday stackas one of 27 box units that will completed the Mod42 apartment complex being built in south Minneapolis.

You've heard of modular homes? Mpls. just got its first prefab apartments

Factory-built units trucked in from Owatonna are being stacked in place in south Minneapolis.
Ackerberg has acquired the property located at 337 W. 7th St. in St. Paul and is ready to co-develop the site with Northland Real Estate Group into th

Seven-story apartment complex to rise on W. 7th St. near downtown St. Paul

The developers say the new building will be workforce housing for hospital staff and entry-level downtown employees.
The lobby area of the Radisson Blu hotel in downtown Minneapolis in a file photo from March 2018.

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown to cut 126 jobs due to COVID-19

Hotels, airlines, convention-related businesses and stores have been greatly disrupted by the global pandemic.