CityPlace Phase II SE Retail has received a STARR Award of Excellence from the Minnesota Shopping Center Association (MSCA). The award is in the category of New Construction: Retail over 50,000 s.f.
Continuing the successful emergence of the 100-acre CityPlace mixed-use development in Woodbury, Retail Phase II delivers a key tenant, Whole Foods, along with other experiential and service retail. Whole Foods’ Taproom, ice cream bar, fire pit patio and other upscale amenities offer gathering places for the community; while other tenants from Nordstrom Rack to banks and service providers coax shoppers into the welcoming environment, which features sidewalks, lighting and connecting paths to appeal to pedestrians as well as cars. Thoughtful design elements such as natural stone, sculptural metals and high-end glass contribute to the distinctive, upscale ambience of this premier retail destination.
The CityPlace Team
Owner: Elion Real Estate Investments, LLC
Architect: RSP Architects
Consultants: Westwood Professional Services; RSP; Braun Intertec
Contractor: Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Leasing Agents: Colliers International
Property Management: Transwestern
Bankers: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
In addition, the project is distinctive as a showcase for the synergy of the entire Kraus-Anderson family of companies, notes Matt Alexander, Kraus-Anderson Development Senior Vice President.
“Rarely do we get to use all the cylinders of our operation, and this really hits all the marks,” said Alexander. “From investment, construction, development, insurance, realty, every company got involved and it was a huge collaboration. It was a huge learning experience that sets the groundwork for projects moving forward,” Alexander said.
Located on the bustling Radio Drive retail corridor south of I-94 in Woodbury, Minnesota, CityPlace has transformed a long underutilized, 100-acre site into vibrant mixed-use campus that has been called The Mall of the Future.
MSCA, a non-profit trade association, is the largest statewide organization devoted solely to the retail real estate industry. With over 300 companies and 650 members, the association represents developers, shopping center owners, brokers, property managers, retailers, attorneys, architects, appraisers, contractors and all professionals serving the Minnesota real estate industry.
The MSCA’s annual Shopping Center Tribute Awards for Retail Real Estate honor outstanding projects and extraordinary individuals in the retail and shopping center industry.