Outdated Edina office park gets new lease on life

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2013 - 9:16 PM

The new owners of Edina's Pentagon Park have big plans for the complex. It was state-of-the-art when built in the '60s but has seen better days.

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 16, 13 4:53 PM

Taxes are low in Edina, yet they got troubles! If this were in Minneapolis, there would already be 10 posts saying it shows the decline of the city and that taxes are too high.

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StarquestJan. 16, 13 8:33 PM

I took a class at Benchmark Learning, which is inside one of the Pentagon buildings. It's a very dated group of structures. But over lunch one day I explored a few of the buildings. I found them somewhat updated, but almost totally deserted. It was eerie wandering the halls of such quiet buildings, yet kind of fun too. I gotta believe that isn't what the owners are going for :)

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dhlavacJan. 16, 13 8:40 PM

I am encouraged hearing they might save some of the high-occupancy buildings - I like the architecture and think they should keep some of it for the historic value alone.

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raineyrooJan. 17, 1312:24 AM

My father's company occupied a decent sized suite in this complex up till a couple years ago. Once he sold off the firm to the new owner, who relocated to office to Shakopee to be near his home, the company started to fall apart. They lost quite a few key people that did not want to commute to the sticks and key clients from both coasts felt it was rather bothersome to spend 30 plus minutes to get a decent meal. Sorry, your suburban chain restaurants in a windswept borderline prairie town are not a place to conduct business.

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Stefano_GJan. 17, 13 8:31 AM

"edgy" means tense, nervous or irritable.

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cidtrusJan. 17, 13 8:31 AM

Class B minus or C plus is being really generous

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elmi0001Jan. 17, 13 9:05 AM

Buildings need a dozer. It's too spread out. They could build 5x as much in that space if the land were used appropriately.

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clnorthJan. 17, 1312:44 PM

"If this were in Minneapolis, there would already be 10 posts saying it shows the decline of the city and that taxes are too high." So taxes aren't too high in Minneapolis?

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 17, 13 2:43 PM

clnorth...actually the taxes on business property is much higher in the suburbs for the same property valuation. The suburbs keep residential property taxes low (for the voters) and then really jack up business taxes. Since Minneapolis has a lot of office space, they have a much more balanced approach. Do't believe me?? check it yourself. using county property tax records.

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