After months shrouded in scaffolding, Mayo Clinic Square is finally open. The site’s owner, Provident Real Estate Ventures, hopes that its high-profile tenants — the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, and its anchor, Mayo Clinic — will help shed the building’s image as a failed property, formerly known as Block E.
The teams’ leadership and the property owner say its new practice facilities and executive offices, now across 1st Avenue from Target Center, will be the envy of the pro leagues.
Meanwhile, Mayo’s new sports medicine clinic opened in October and is already exceeding patient count projections. A new performance improvement program area, called Exos, takes a more holistic approach to training young or injured athletes.
Provident also made cosmetic and functional changes to the structure, opening up the public areas with more doors and escalators and a better line of sight between Hennepin and 1st avenues. Phillip Jaffe, the company’s CEO, said its previous fortresslike design discouraged pedestrian flow, which ultimately hurt the previous tenants’ visibility.