Expansion of Mendota Plaza, Mendota Heights MN

View progress on the expansion phase taken from a drone mid-March 2017.

THE NEW EXPANSION PHASE

In the fall of 2016, Paster broke ground on developing an additional 10,860 square feet of retail at Mendota Plaza and also partnered with At Home Apartments of St. Paul to develop a 139-unit, four-story apartment building bringing not only additional dining and retail to the area but also provide the city with its first new market-rate rentals since 1984. This is the second phase of development for Mendota Plaza. The first phase was total redevelopment of the original center and was completed in late 2010.

THE FIRST PHASE

Constructed in 1971 and a Paster property since 1986, this 13-acre Mendota Heights development was ready for a significant update by 2003, when we submitted our redevelopment plan to the City of Mendota Heights and began meeting with city staff and elected officials to ensure the project met the community needs.

Paster had two principal goals for this redevelopment project. We wanted to bring real value to an under-served community in the form of a high-quality, pedestrian-friendly campus that would provide Mendota Heights with much-needed additional retail, eating establishments, office space and housing. Just as important, we wanted to minimize disruption to existing tenants during construction.

THE CHALLENGE

The first hiccup came with the loss of the development's lead tenant, Snyder's Drug, which closed its doors in 2008. Recognizing the need for a community pharmacy, Paster successfully negotiated a deal with Walgreens to build a store to their specifications and become the new anchor tenant.

The second challenge was more complicated: How to undertake a major redevelopment without hurting our existing tenants.

Consultation and collaboration led us to an optimal solution. Paster first demolished the part of the building that had housed Snyder's Drug. A brand new section was built behind part of the old building, and the rest of the old building was remodeled according to the master design. Once the new section was complete, the remaining tenants from the old section moved to their new homes in August of 2010 and the remainder of the old section was demolished.

RESULTS

The Walgreens was completed within six months. And demolition, construction and relocation cost existing tenants just one day of lost business.

Long-term tenants that went through the redevelopment process and thrive to this day:

  • Peter Family Chiropractic – 28 years
  • Subway Sandwiches – 26 years
  • Dr. Paul Wild D.D.S – 22 years
  • Mendota Liquor Barrel– 21 years
  • St Croix Cleaners (formerly known as J & A Cleaners) – 26 years
  • Teresa's Mexican Restaurant – 8 years

Some new tenants since the remodel:

  • Anytime Fitness
  • King and I Thai Restaurant
  • Enchanted Nails Spa
  • Fresh and Natural Foods
  • Custom Professional Upholstery
  • Haiku Japanese Bistro

In keeping with our vision for a thriving mixed-use development, Paster sold a parcel adjacent to the property to White Pines Holdings, LLC, which constructed a 46-unit White Pine Senior Living facility at Mendota Heights.