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It’s been nearly three months since we last toured The Dayton’s Project. We think it’s about time you see just how much progress has been made.
The 1.2 million square foot project has made significant progress since we last visited. While the office space has been largely ready for tenants to begin building out, the retail and amenity space is where we saw the most progress.
Oh, and we should note that this was our first time getting a tour of what will become Dayton’s Market. More on that later.
THREE LEVELS OF RETAIL
When touring the retail space, it was noticeable to see just how close things were to being complete. The wide corridors that will soon become home to a bustle of individuals have had their terrazzo flooring installed, the ceilings painted, and tons of bright lighting has been installed.
While a large of portion of the skyway level opened in early January, the lower level and the atriums have yet to be seen by the public. Trust us, you’ll be impressed.
The main atrium, which spans three levels, is something that will truly become the heart of the project. A grand staircase wraps its way down from the skyway level, through the ground floor and into the basement level which will be the location of Dayton’s Market. The wide-open space will be anchored by a unique and artistic suspended light installation.
Now, we have yet to give you a glimpse of what the food hall and market component of The Dayton’s Project will begin to look like. So, feast your eyes upon these photos.
While the space that will soon become Dayton’s Market might look a bit heavy in construction right now, we can assure that things are going to change in the next month or so. When all is said and done, we think your mind is going to be blown at the space and all it offers once it’s complete.
From the photos above you might already notice that there are number of vendor stands being built out. Just how may? Over 45. Yes, you read that correctly.
The space that the food hall will occupy is absolutely massive. It covers just around 45,000 square feet of space on the basement level of the building. It’ll include a number of different food and market vendors that will be centered around a large central bar at the base of the grand staircase.
We do want to note how truly massive this space is. If you’ve ever been to Dekalb Market Hall in Brooklyn, NY, we think you’ll get a very similar feeling in scale when you visit Dayton’s Market.
It makes sense when you think of the team behind the project. Not only is Celebrity Chef Andrew Zimmern curating the food hall and market but Robert Montwaid, the creator/co-founder of the wildly successful Gansevoort Market in New York City, is another influential individual behind the project.
Get ready for tenant announcements to begin very soon on who will occupy this massive, and ultimately, delicious space.
TENANT AMENITY SPACE
Last time we visited The Dayton’s Project we toured a spec office space (space that has been built out but not yet leased) along with the spaces that would soon become to the building’s office amenity space.
Good news. On our latest tour we were able to see much of the seventh-floor amenity space nearly finished and let us tell you, it’s stunning.
The 10,000 square foot fitness center was nearly ready for its final cleaning. The wide-open space had its boxing rink in place, the special flooring had been laid, and mirrors were being installed on the surrounding walls. The pristine, monochromatic locker rooms were essentially ready for their first occupants, hanging shower curtains in all. Trust us, this space will make you want to get your fitness on.
Walking past the fitness space, down a hallway, we turned and toured the Library. The space had seen a massive transformation since we last saw it. Intricate woodwork upon the walls had since been installed and painted since we last were in the space, modern light fixtures have been hung upon the walls, and built-in lounge space was beginning to be installed along the outer walls of the space. When we say the renderings are spot on when it comes to what this space will look like, we mean it.
The biggest amenity space, which has also arguably seen the largest transformation since our last visit, was the Winter Lounge. The massive “lounge space” was essentially ready for furniture to begin to be moved in. The private bar, which will have a private, full-time bartender, was nearly complete, the two large fireplaces were filled within flames giving warmth to the space on a cold winter’s day, and hanging from the ceiling a number of large pendant light fixtures had been installed. This space is going to be a space that you’ll certainly want to frequent if you’re one of the lucky individuals that gets to work within this building.
Work on The Dayton’s Project is anticipated to be complete in late spring/early summer. Retailers and office tenants will begin to move into the project around that time and throughout the rest of 2020.
While no tenants have yet to be publicly announced for The Dayton’s Project, we can tell you that you should expect an announcement in the coming weeks. Where? Well, right here at The Development Tracker | Minneapolis of course.
THE TEAMS BEHIND THE DAYTON’S PROJECT
Architect and Designer: Gensler Minneapolis
Property Management: Transwestern
Retail Leasing: Mid-America Real Estate
Office Leasing: Transwestern
Owners Rep: Hightower Initiatives
General Contractor: Gardner Builders
Preservation Advisor: New History
Structural Engineer: MBJ
MEP / FP Engineer: MEPC