Ford Center nears total occupancy

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November 5, 2012 // UPDATED 6:01 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Journal staff
Journal staff

NORTH LOOP — With the addition of a few new tenants, Ford Center, the renovated auto assembly plant at 401 5th Ave., is close to total occupancy. 

Adjacent to Target Field, Ford Center is currently home to advertising agency Olson, HGA Architects and Caldrea. According to John Saunders, senior vice president of acquisitions/dispositions for Ford Center owner United Properties, web development firm Agosto moved into the building two weeks ago, and leases have been signed for the remaining office parcels.

“We’ve got 550 feet left,” said Saunders. “We are 99.5 percent leased. It’s unbelievable. It’s been fantastic.”

The two most recent tenants are web design firm Atomic Playpen and Northern Lights Broadcasting. Atomic Playpen will occupy about half of the sixth floor, while Northern Lights Broadcasting will occupy roughly 8,400 square feet of Ford Center’s retail space.

Northern Lights Broadcasting operates radio station KTWN-FM, 96.3. Starting in 2013, KTWN will broadcast Minnesota Twins games from its studio next to Target Field. 

“Their studio is right on the corner and it’s all glass,” said Saunders. “As you turn the corner at 5th and 5th you can see them broadcasting.”

Saunders said the only remaining space in Ford Center would be perfect for a small sandwich shop or other food vendor. The building currently has no such tenant.

“There will be upwards of 900 people in the building,” said Saunders. “You’d think that kind of population could support a nice sandwich shop or grab and go.”