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The City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department issued a request for proposals for the re-development of the former Sears Roebuck Site. Working with six other architecture firms and five developers, Collaborative Design Group served as the project’s coordinating architect, and architect and structural engineer of record. The $190 million project is one of the largest and most complex projects in the City of Minneapolis’s development history.

In less than two years, residents and tenants started moving into the renovated building. In addition to the transformation of the historic Sears building, the project included substantial urban planning and site coordination work with multiple local and Federal agencies in planning for the construction of a new Sheraton Hotel, pedestrian promenade, Midtown Greenway development, and city transit center on a surface parking lot in front of the building. An enclosed bridge over the Midtown Greenway provides pedestrian access to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, which is operated by Allina Hospitals and Clinics, the major office tenant in the renovated Sears building.

A parking garage was also constructed on the site, edged on two sides by affordable, for-sale townhomes.

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