Target planning new meeting center on Nicollet Mall

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April 9, 2012 // UPDATED 4:04 pm - April 12, 2012
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

Target Corp. has revealed its plans for the properties it owns along Nicollet Mall, a new meeting center for Target employees. Designed by Julie Snow Architects and constructed by Ryan Cos., the meeting center combines three adjoining properties across from Target Headquarters on Nicollet Mall.

Two buildings, 1001 Nicollet Mall and 1013 Nicollet Mall, will be joined together into a single unit. The properties are best known as the former homes of Let It Be Records and the Scientology Center, respectively. The third parcel, a currently empty lot at 81 10th St. S, will be incorporated into the meeting center primarily as outdoor space.

The new meeting center was inspired by a feature within Target headquarters known as “The Great Hall.” Target employees use the large open space for informal meetings and brainstorming sessions. The new meeting center will have a large open meeting space on the ground level for the same purpose. The meeting center will also feature workout areas, bicycle storage, showers, lockers and other amenities for Target employees. The fenced-in outdoor space behind the building will feature a basketball court, bocce court, barbeque area and outdoor lounging space.

The development requires a variance from the city, as all properties on Nicollet Mall are required to feature some retail element. While the center will only be open to Target employees and authorized visitors, the meeting center should still add energy to Nicollet Mall. Large windows will let the public see into the meeting space, as will the wrought iron fence around the outdoor section. The meeting center will not be connected to Target Headquarters via skyway, so Target employees traveling between the buildings will increase foot traffic on the Mall.

Target representative Molly Snyder said Target is continuing to talk to the city about the project and will share more details on the development as they are confirmed.