Type: Rental apartments

Size: 187,255 square feet

Units: 179

Developer: Commercial Investment Properties

Architect: ESG Architects

Details: A Nebraska apartment developer has teamed with landowner Duke Realty on a proposal to build out the final developable lot at Duke’s Norman Pointe business park in Bloomington.

When it was originally laid out in the late 1990s, Duke envisioned four Class A office buildings in the southwest quadrant of the Interstate 494 /Hwy. 100 interchange. Two office buildings, Norman Pointe I and Norman Pointe II, were constructed before the recession put a long-term damper on the suburban office market.

Since then, one remaining site was built into the 250-unit Covington Apartments, which opened last year. Now Duke, in partnership with Commercial Investment Properties of Omaha, wants to switch the planned use of the final Norman Pointe site from a 10-story office tower to a 179-unit apartment building.

Plans submitted to Bloomington city officials show a five-story multifamily structure to be built between American Blvd. W. and Normandale Lake Blvd., with two levels of underground parking. The apartment mix includes 29 studio, 79 one-bedroom, five one-bedroom-plus-den, 61 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units.

As designed by ESG Architects, the building’s exterior materials include brick, stucco, glass and a mixture of metal panels. Two amenity terraces are on the first level, including one with a swimming pool.


Don Jacobson is a freelance writer in St. Paul. He can be contacted at hotproperty.startribune@gmail.com.