WEST BLOOMINGTON BUSINESS CENTER
6300 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN
Written by: Fred Hedberg
In 1997, Fred Hedberg, Principal of Paramount Real Estate Corporation was asked by a past client to determine the value and marketability of some excess land that was remaining after building a mini-storage facility on a site in Bloomington, Minnesota. Fred provided a valuation and marketing plan for the land. He also suggested that his client might want to consider developing an office-showroom or industrial building on the site. The market for that type of product was very strong at that time. Fred suggested to his client that if this was of interest, he would like to co-develop and own the building with his client.
- Forming a Partnership-The prospect of continuing to own the land and to not pay capital gains tax on a sale was appealing to Fred’s client. It was beneficial having the opportunity to partner with a seasoned real estate professional who had a good understanding of the market and what kinds of buildings and spaces tenants were looking for at that time. They agreed to move forward on a new development together. They began to work with an architect and contractor to lay out a building on the site that would meet current market demands for space and to meet the test of time.
- Developing the Property-After a review of financial projections prepared by Fred, a partnership was formed to move forward with the project. Construction drawings were completed, city approvals and financing was secured. Krause Anderson was selected to act as the general contractor for the new 80,714 SF project called West Bloomington Business Center.
- Completing the Project-Paramount Real Estate Corporation was hired to lease and manage the building for the partnership. The shell building was completed in 1998 and it was fully leased and built out by the end of 1999. The building attracted well-known local and national tenants that leased the majority of the building as office space.In 1999 the building was recognized by NAIOP as a recipient of their Awards of Excellence for the Light Industrial-High Finish category. The building has performed well though the various real estate cycles that followed and has stood the test of time as different tenants with uses other than office have found it to be a desirable building and location for their businesses.
- Selling the Building-After 20 years of ownership, Fred and his partner decided that it would be in their best interests to sell the building during the current business cycle for estate planning purposes and to maximize their return on the investment. Fred found a local investor that was in need of a 1031 exchange property. West Bloomington Business Center fulfilled his exchange requirement and his desire to own a well performing, high quality asset. The property was sold in August 2018 and the new owner hired Paramount Real Estate Corporation to continue to lease and manage the building.
- Paramount Continues to Lease and Manage Property-Fred and his leasing and property management team are excited to be able to continue to work on this project in the future. See detailed information about the space currently available at West Bloomington Business Center.
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