Lots of changes — and new projects — are emerging from Bloomington-based Doran Companies. The general contractor is starting construction on more than $100 million in projects during May and June. Here's a rundown of what they're doing:
• BlueStone Flats, a 142-unit apartment project that will be developed and owned by Summit Management, is at the BlueStone Commons residential and commercial development near the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
• The Encore, a 12-story building with 122 apartments and three levels of underground parking at 935 S. 2nd St. in Minneapolis is being developed by Sherman & Associates.
• 610 West, 480 apartments that will be owned by Doran and developed in two phases, is one block east of Target's corporate campus on Oak Grove Parkway in Brooklyn Park. The first phase of the project will have 287 units and a 23,000 square-foot clubhouse.
• Jupiter Plaza, a 6,000 square-foot expansion of Woodbury Village for Robert Muir Properties.
• 5300 Central, a new, 6,000-square-foot building that will be owned by Totem Foods, in Fridley near the Target Plaza.
To help support those projects and others, the company said last month that it added five senior-level staffers. And this week, the company promoted its current general counsel, Anne Behrendt, to chief operating officer. Behrendt had been general counsel at Doran for four years, but she will move into the new position immediately while continuing to supervise the company's legal affairs.
Those changes come after an unusually active spring. During February, the company sold four of the six student housing projects it built near the University of Minnesota campus and then bought 40 acres in Maple Grove that are ready for development.
Over the past five years, Doran has built, or is building, 20 multifamily projects in Minnesota and North Dakota with more than 3,500 apartments worth more than $500 million.