Kraus-Anderson Development today announced that it has begun tearing down a vacant office building in St. Paul to make way for a 92-unit upscale apartment building.
The firm is redeveloping the former Capital Professional Office Building at 590 Park Street in St. Paul’s Capitol Heights neighborhood. Kraus-Anderson built the original structure in the 1960s, says senior vice president Matt Alexander.
The building had been used for office space for the nearby Bethesda Hospital, but it’s been vacated within the last two years, Alexander says.
The nearly 58,000-square-foot complex will feature a range of “micro” apartments, as well as one-bedroom units. The building’s amenities include a lounge and game room, outdoor patio, and fitness center.
“We believe there’s market demand for smaller-unit housing up along the Green Line, and within close proximity to the State Capitol,” Alexander says.
The redevelopment project will cost about $20 million, according to Alexander. Kraus-Anderson Development is serving as developer and contractor, while UrbanWorks Architecture is the designer.
Kraus-Anderson secured permitting from the city of St. Paul within the last month, Alexander says. That included permission to demolish the old office building.
The 590 Park project is being developed in an area with “significant employment opportunities” in nearby government buildings, Kraus-Anderson officials say. The project is slated to wrap up in July 2020.
Kraus-Anderson also is renovating a nearby parking structure, which currently features one level of connected underground parking.