Recently Sold – Leased
9200 Hudson Blvd | Lake Elmo, MN
46,000 SF | 9.95 Acres
Cranky Ape called on CRE Partners to assist them with selling 9200 Hudson Blvd in Lake Elmo, MN. The main goal was to maximize the value of the current site and additional, find a new home for the company.
The 9200 Hudson blvd project had numerous challenges. While the site had great visibility on I-94; the buildings were functionally obsolete, the land was long and narrow, and the city of Lake Elmo is not always open to redevelopment. In addition, the sale and purchase of a new location had to happen simultaneously.
CRE Partners worked with the owners on a marketing plan to focus on a very narrow set of buyers to achieve the highest and best use for the site (and highest selling price). After reviewing many offers, we moved forward with a mini-storage developer. CRE Partners helped navigate the environmental issues, city process, and risk involved with the corresponding relocation. Ultimately, the building sold for $2.9M ($2.95M asking price). In addition, the owners sold and purchased a new home on the same day. With a brief leaseback, they were able to smoothly transition into their new building.
1101 Spiral Blvd | Hastings, MN
Water Gremlin Development
Water Gremlin called on CRE Partner to assist them with a site search for a new facility. The company needed more space and was uncertain if purchasing, leasing, or building was the appropriate solution. The goal was to find additional space and limit logistics costs.
The Water Gremlin project had numerous challenges. While they owned a land site next to their current facility, the soil conditions made building difficult. However, transporting their product is expensive and finding an existing building with the necessary floor load was very difficult.
CRE Partners worked with Water Gremlin on finding a suitable alternative for sale or lease in their general vicinity. After comparing the available options, the decision was made to build on their current site. CRE Partners helped establish a relationship with Anderson Companies, a general contractor, to provide development services. Anderson navigated the difficult soil conditions, worked closely with White Bear Township to create a 25-year tax increment financing (TIF) district, assisted with community approvals, like-facilities budget comparisons and financial package creation. Just prior to construction, an active bald eagle’s nest was discovered on the site. Anderson Cos worked closely with a US Fish and Wildlife biologist to secure the necessary permits while minimizing the impact to the eagle’s nest.