Friday, December 17, 2010
It's pretty cool that 2324 University used to house street cars, and now will be located at a light rail station.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Chittenden & Eastman building at 2402 will be converted into market rate apartments. The seven story building is currently occupied by many artists and a variety of smaller businesses.
Also the St. Paul Port Authority is developing the site at Wabash and Pelham - the former Overnight Express trucking company. The old buildings have been demolished and a purchase agreement has been put in place to develop the land.
These two projects will revive two underutilized and run-down sites. Update is excited for the new energy that is definitely flowing into the neighborhood.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Of our 92 tenants, 23 have been with us 15 years or more - Nine more have been with us between 10 and 15 years. We think that shows how great this area is to do business.
Hopefully it also reflects our efforts to be good building managers.
We appreciate that there are many buildings our there to choose from for your office and warehouse needs. Thanks again for choosing Update!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!
Friday, October 8, 2010
How do you find inspiration for choosing office colors?
Do you choose a color you like from home?
Match your office partitions?
Hire a decorator?
Sherwin Williams has trend spotters working to find trends in lifestyle and decorating. Here are ideas for today's trends in colors:
Monday, September 27, 2010
Feel like you get more phone books
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Here's a look at the inside of The Foundry at Raymond.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Update Co. is pleased to welcome Minnesota Women's Press to our building at 970 Raymond Avenue. We are excited that the staff at Minnesota Women's Press has decided office with Update. A long-time fixture in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood, they are moving up Raymond about 4 blocks from their former space near Keys Restaurant.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It has great news about innovation, development and creativity in the twin cities area. A nice interview with Jack Becker from Forecast Public Art is featured. Forecast has been a tenant at Midtown Commons since 1992. We are pleased to see their organization grow. http://www.thelinemedia.com/features/forecastbecker062310.aspx
I also read a great article about the new development The Lyric apartments -
They are wonderful apartments just opened in the MidCity area, the neighborhood around the proposed LRT station at Raymond. http://www.thelinemedia.com/devnews/TheLyric.aspx
I am excited to be a part of the growing "MidCity" area.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Update Company is proud to have established over 70 trees at the dozen or so buildings we have developed. Our tenants love the beautiful flower planters at Midtown Commons.
Oldtimers (like me) remember when there was no grass in the MidCity (Raymond & University) area, except for occaisional weeds. We are excited to see other developments like the Carleton Lofts adding green to the area.
Take a walk or bike ride down to 700 Raymond and see watch our new building grow!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
In addition when my brother Jim wanted to go down to the Met Council office he was told that they do not meet face to face with a developer. They have to talk via phone or email. He could not go over the plans in person to explain our development or ask questions.
Makes you wonder if government is getting a little too big........
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
iLoan - Midtown Commons
Along Came Music - 2300 Myrtle Ave.
Nagios - 970 Raymond
Total Fire Alarm & Security - 2380 Wycliff
NARAL ProChoice MN - 2300 Myrtle Ave.
G.C. Peterson Machinery - 2300 Myrtle Ave.
CodeWeavers - The Foundry at Raymond
Welcome! We appreciate your decision to lease with Update Company.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Holly House Center for Integrated Healthcare Dr. Patricia Lawler DC, CCN, DACBN, NP and her staff treat the whole person, inside and out with services that range from chiropractic care, massage therapy, naturopathy, and stress management. http://www.hollyhouse.org/
2324 University 651-645-6951
Midtown Chiropractic Dr. Don Habermas-Scher D.C. , P.A. has offered chiropractic care at 970 Raymond for over 20 years, helping to diagnose and treat many common spinal issues.
Wyndgate Health PLLC is a clinical practice specializing in personalized therapeutic vitamin and dietary programs treating symptoms of: Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Issues, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Behavior and Violence, Parkinson’s Disease, male and female hormone imbalances, food intolerances and gastrointestinal dysfunctions. http://www.wyndgatehealth.com/ 970 Raymond Avenue 651-493-4566
Friday, April 23, 2010
Midtown Commons is proud to help present:
Wing Young Huie's
University Avenue Project
The Language of Urbanism: A six-milePhotographic Inquiry
From May to October, 2010 Wing Young Huie's photographs will transform University Avenue into a six mile gallery, revealing the everyday realities of the diverse neighborhoods connected by this urban thoroughfare. Photos will be displayed in store windows, murals and projection screens all along University. At 1433 University each night there will be a two hour projection of photographs on 40' screens plus diverse local music.
Midtown Commons is excited to display eight of the photos at our 2324 University building.
Come take a tour down University Avenue.
See what the buzz is all about.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The Law Firm of Frank Shulte - tenant since 2007
Customer FX - tenant since 1996
Academy Mayer Language Center - tenant since 1994
We value our long term relationships with our tenants. We can't do it without you!
Friday, April 9, 2010
In residential real estate one trend is "Staging" a house to make it appeal to potential buyers. Along University, many buildings are available for sale or lease. But many properties desperately need "staging". I feel the whole Avenue could use a little staging. Here are some photos of available properties. Residential brokers tell you that to sell a house, it needs curb appeal. Building owners need to step up to the plate and remove old awnings and painted signs in the windows. The old car dealerships should get rid of the foil bunting hanging in the lots and the Chevy/Buick logos. The City of St. Paul should enforce sign ordinances to prevent the"over signing" of buildings. And of course, weeds and trash should be picked up.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Our project is now ready for leasing and we're really excited about how the building is turning out. We have a number of interested parties and anticipate being able to announce our first tenants very soon.
Originally built in the 1920's our building was built as a foundry. Later it was used for over 40 years by National Mower Company, a business owned by the Kinkaid family. They made the large mowers used on golf courses.
We would love to give you a tour of the site. It has lots of windows and will have a beautifully landscaped lot for tenants to enjoy. We've incorporated many green features including reusing wood and brick from other projects. We also are using windows that actually open - something many of our tenants have asked for in the past. The old brick and iron trusses offer a unique feel to the building that you just don't get in today's construction.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Every time I eat at Caffe Biaggio I find a new favorite item on the menu. Last week it was the brushetta trio. Wow - everyone at our table enjoyed it.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Let's set aside the controversy on LRT loss of parking and MPR vibration lawsuits for a minute and look at LRT from another side - development opportunity.
Over the last week I have shown Update Company's office buildings to an arts group, a charter school, a design firm, a nonprofit group, and a software company. What do they all have in common? They all want to be located on the Central Corridor LRT line.
Business people may disagree on many factors regarding the Central Corridor, but there's one thing we can agree on: LRT is already bringing millions of dollars in new development to the Midway. Here are some examples:
- The Lyric apartments are near completion at the Raymond Station.
- Frogtown Square senior housing and retail has begun construction at the Dale Station.
- The New Victoria Theatre group is proposing the renovation of 825 University into a community music venue at the Victoria station.
- 700 Raymond is being developed into creative loft offices at the Raymond Station.
Yes we need to make sure that the light rail is built in a way that minimizes problems to those along the construction route. But we also need all sides to focus on the great opportunity this presents as the Midway's own stimulus package.
Friday, February 5, 2010
The Como Conservatory is showing a photo exhibit by Peter Leach featuring dramatic seasonal images of the Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, February 5. Over 40 color prints will be on display. The images portray both familiar views of the Garden and images few ever see. The Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden is open from May 1 through September 30, thus very few people have had the experience of seeing the Garden blanketed in sparkling snow. Following the Conservatory exhibit, the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee will send a selection of Leach’s photos to Nagasaki, where they will be on display in April as part of the 55th anniversary of the sister city relationship between St. Paul and Nagasaki, Japan.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Our newest neighbor - at Territorial Rd and Raymond Avenue.
Stop in and try some awesome cookies. They also serve Peace organic and fair trade coffee, muffins, tea and more. New tenants signing leases in February will get a year's supply of cookies for their office. I have tried 3 kinds, the oatmeal raisin is my favorite so far.
Check out their blog at saintpaulclassiccookie.blogspot.com
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
For many years, we've heard about light rail - the possibilities and the potential disruptions - for our tenants and our company. When a big project like this comes, you can get involved or bury your head in the sand. We have chosen to get involved in the dialog and give our input into the upcoming project.
- The Raymond LRT Station will be built in front of our buildings.
- We don't know the timeline, but it will be built between 2011 and 2014.
- We will lose about 12 on street parking spaces in front of our buildings
- We will be assessed for streetscape improvements - estimated at over $ 30,000
The good news is this:
We're ready for the rail and up to the challenge.
- We have maximized our parking lots and maintained a parking permit system that will help us manage the loss of on street spaces.
- We are continuing to work on purchasing additional property around Midtown Commons because we believe the area around the Raymond Station will continue to grow.
- We are committed to making sure all our tenants will have adequate information when the construction begins. We will have information sessions for our tenants as well as links to Met Council construction information on our website.
- Jack McCann has been working with the University Avenue Business Association to work for business mitigation funds and parking replacement to help the entire avenue.
- Sandy Jacobs has worked with the Raymond Station area plan and the committee planning the artwork for the Raymond Station.