South St. Paul - A Proven Partner in Transforming Vision to Reality
Currently working through the development process in South St. Paul, the examples below represent the next wave of dynamic and high-quality investment coming to South St. Paul, with opportunities to add jobs, tax base, and high-quality housing.
The long-vacant former Wells Fargo at 161 Concord Exchange North was officially sold on January 24, 2018. Development partners Master Properties and Simek Realty have begun to renovate and repurpose the 70,000 square-foot, four-story building into a 67-unit market rate apartment complex. The unit mix mainly consists of 1-bedroom units in addition to a few studio and 2-bedroom units. The amenity-rich residential community will include in-unit washer/dryer, a full kitchen appliance package, an interior common room and workout facility. Façade improvements include new brick and glass at the existing entryways, new windows throughout and a rooftop community lounge and patio. A portion of the lower level will be converted to underground parking in addition to repurposing the drive through lanes for additional parking.
While Concord Street (now Concord Exchange) was a hub of eateries, social establishments, and activities in the early- to mid- 1900s, it hasn’t welcomed a new dining establishment since the late 1980s and today houses only two eateries along its nearly mile-long stretch. That number will increase to three in 2018, when KC LLC - a development group headed by property and business owners in the BridgePoint area - breaks ground on a 5,000 square foot, “upscale casual” restaurant offering a full food and beverage menu, outdoor dining, and live entertainment.
Vandalia Glassworks will be renovating the former Hitching Post building at 103 Concord Exchange North in order to relocate their glass art studio and gallery from St. Paul's Midway area. The business will be making significant cosmetic and functional upgrades to the building's exterior. The move allows the business to expand its services and foster community growth. The art gallery will be used by artists to showcase their creations for sale in the renovated retail space on-site. The gallery will include views of the studio space to allow patrons to view the artwork being produced and interact with artists to learn about the techniques used to create the pieces. The glass studio also provides a hands on learning environment for classes ranging from one-on-one instruction to groups of 10-20 people. In addition to the studio and gallery space, approximately 1,700 square feet within the building will be available for a future retail or office tenant.