Fairview Clinic to Open in Eagan Retail Center
Later this year, stores will start opening at the new Central Park Commons retail center in Eagan. Minneapolis-based CSM Corporation is redeveloping the site, previously home to a factory for defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Central Park Commons will include a Hy-Vee grocery store, Marshall’s, HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby and Sierra Trading Post, the first Minnesota location for the outdoor gear and apparel retailer. The first tenants will start opening in September.
While new stores and restaurants will be the primary draw to Central Park Commons, it will also include a new clinic operated by Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services. The clinic, set to open late this year, will replace a nearby Fairview clinic, which is within a mile of the new location.
“We’ve been looking at that location for several years ever since Lockheed Martin decided to leave,” said Sally Wahman, chief operating officer for Fairview Health Services. “We really do want to be in settings where there’s lots of traffic.”
Wahman said that Fairview likes the mix of tenants in the project. Central Park Commons will also include several restaurants: Punch Pizza, R Taco, Naf Naf Grill and CafÃ© Zupas. The center, which is at the intersection of Yankee Doodle Road and Pilot Knob Road in Eagan, has a total of 440,000 square feet of space making it the largest current retail development in the Twin Cities.
The two-story, 42,000-square-foot clinic is approximately double the size of the current Fairview clinic in Eagan. Wahman noted that the size of the new clinic allows Fairview to add more specialty care options for patients.
John Johannson, a development partner with CSM on Central Park Commons, said that the clinic will help draw more people to the center during the day: “We’re delighted to have them.”
Commercial real estate broker Jill Rasmussen said that more health care providers are considering retail locations, which can be more convenient for patients.
“It’s been a trend for several years now and I think it will continue,” said Rasmussen, a principal with Minneapolis-based Davis Group, which focuses on medical office properties. “There’s certainly a continued trend for clinic uses, whether it be large systems or independent clinics, primary care and specialty, to want to position their clinics closer to their customer base.”
The latest commercial real estate market report from Bloomington-based Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq noted the industry trend: “As the push continues for healthcare providers to be more accessible to patients, there is a continuing shift in development away from hospital campuses to convenient, off-campus locations.”
Wahman noted that Fairview has other clinics located close to retail. Fairview’s Rosemount clinic, for example, is next to a strip mall. But at Central Park Commons, Fairview will be one the anchor tenants.
“This might be the first time that we’ve gone into a development like this,” said Wahman. “This, for Fairview, is a great strategic location.”