Tenants Wanted: Dayton’s Project Offers Peek at Luxe Amenities
The rooftop terrace at the Dayton’s Project will be accessible to office tenants. Caitlin Abrams

Tenants Wanted: Dayton’s Project Offers Peek at Luxe Amenities

Developers of the landmark downtown Minneapolis building are putting in another $7 million to create move-in ready office spaces with social distancing.

Construction on office amenities within the hotly anticipated, long-delayed Dayton’s Project—a $200 million-plus reimagining of the landmark Nicollet Mall department store—is complete, including a library, rooftop terrace and fitness center with boxing ring. There’s just one thing missing: tenants.

Leasing on both the upper level office floors and ground/skyway level retail and restaurants was slow going even before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the city. But developers say they remain confident—so much so that they will invest another $7 million to convert an additional 140,000 square feet into pre-built offices, ranging from 5,490 to 30,757 square feet, available for immediate occupancy. That’s in addition to 42,000 square feet already complete in two existing spec suites. These offices, which will be ready in a few months, were designed for the Covid era with circulation paths, touchless features, and custom-built desk dividers.

“We’re doubling down on our efforts in Minnesota,” said Brian Whiting, CEO of the Telos Group, one of the developers of the project, in a statement Monday. “Our commitment to the city and state extends beyond the four walls of this building. It includes the jobs we’re creating and the financial investment we’re making to do our part in rebuilding our community after Covid-19’s devastating impacts. We know that the office is still the best place for employees to get their work done, so we’re easing the transition back into the office with Covid-responsive space planning.”

Opening the building for media tours for the first time since the pandemic hit, the Dayton’s Project showed off completed tenant-exclusive amenities including a rooftop terrace with varied seating areas, greenery, fire places and skyline views. Plus, an expansive fitness center, a cozy lounge and a library where phone calls are off-limits.

The reconfigured skyway level now opens onto the first floor with a dramatic staircase. Both floors, along with the lower level, await stores, restaurants, and a food hall.