Gaughan Construction Celebrates Ground Breaking of City Center Commons Project

Gaughan Construction Celebrates Ground Breaking of City Center Commons Project

Gaughan Construction broke ground on a new 2 building office medical project in Forest Lake.  The new City Center Commons project is the first “ground up” construction project that Gaughan Construction has developed in recent years.  City Center Commons is located along highway 61 adjacent to the recently built Forest Lake City Center Building, The project is scheduled for completion Q4 2015 into Q1 2016. City Center Commons has signed leases with Keller Williams, which will be the sole occupant for the 8,000 sf building.  Maplewood Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Thrifty White will anchor the adjacent 11,000 sf building.  Negotiations are in the works for the remaining square footage for the 11,000 building.

 “This is a great project for the City of Forest Lake and the community. We are proud to be developing this project and look forward to provide good quality space for tenants.” – Dan Hebert – VP of Commercial Accounts – Gaughan Companies

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The Resurgence of Land Sales

Resurgence of Land Sales

The Resurgence of Land Sales

 After many years stuck in a dormant market, commercial real estate land development in the Twin Cities is making a comeback.  Local unemployment rates of approximately 4% help rise the demand for new housing options and the need for new retail services.   Projects such as multi-family, senior housing, and retail users including grocery store chains are a driving force behind the resurgence. Historically high rents, as well as outlot development opportunities, have become a realistic option for businesses that require a “build to suit” options.

In the Twin Cities market alone, over 240 acres have been purchased for residential use projects by builders including Mattamy Homes, Ryland Group, and Ryan Companies. Additionally, retailers such as Hy-Vee, Jerry’s Foods, and Walmart have lots totaling over 90 acres for new development. The industrial market includes projects covering over 170 acres in the communities of Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, Osseo, and Rogers.

The Gaughan Companies brokerage team has captured activity from this market revitalization and that has closed the deal on several land transactions in the past 24 months.  Some of the transactions include:

  • 157 acres of mixed use development land in Lino Lakes sold (Broker Team John Chirhart and Lou Suski)
  • 22 acres purchased by Noble Academy to build a new charter school off of Highways 169 and 610 in Brooklyn Park (Broker Team Dan Hebert and Derrick Jensen)
  • 30 acres purchased by Westmor Fluid Solutions for a new facility in Columbus (Broker Team Chirhart and Suski)
  • 6 acres of commercial land off of highway 10 in Big Lake (Broker Dan Hebert)
  • .65 acre residential lots purchased by a developer  in Hudson, Wisconsin (Broker Team Jensen and Hebert)
  • 55 acres of agricultural land in Rush City sold (Broker Team Chirhart and Suski)
  • 1.5 acres commercial lot in Hugo under contract (Broker Dan Hebert)
  • .64 acres redevelopment site in downtown Hugo (Broker Team Chirhart and Suski)
  • 3.29 acres redevelopment site near downtown Forest Lake (Broker Team Chirhart and Suski)

For the first time in nearly a decade, Gaughan Companies has construction projects on the horizon that start from the ground up and stretch into 2016.  Demand for new development in both the office and multi-family housing markets have created an opportunity for Gaughan Companies to go back to our construction roots. The first project, a medical office building outlot, is slated to break ground in summer of 2015.

With the ability to broker, develop, construct, and manage new projects, Gaughan Companies offers a veteran staff ready to fulfill your vision and exceed your expectations. Are you in the market to explore taking your business to the next level? Contact Us Today!

Gaughan Construction Completes Chanticlear’s Latest Restaurant Venture

Chanticlear Pizza

Since 1964, the name Chanticlear Pizza is synonymous in the Twin Cities Area for quality pizza.  The company began with one location in Fridley but the family owned chain has since developed into 14 locations with their market being the northern metro.

Upon a decision to expand their busy Coon Rapids location, a new concept was born and developed.  The result, Chanticlear Pizza and Grill, opened in mid-December complete with an expanded menu that includes the locally famous pizza as well as burgers, pasta, sandwiches and a full-service bar.  The environment accommodates families out for dinner and sports fans cheering for their favorite team.

Gaughan Construction transformed a former gas station at the North Lake Shoppes property in Coon Rapids into a fully operational kitchen, restaurant and bar.  The scope of work included demolition of two inline spaces, framing, insulation, sheetrock, concrete, carpentry, installation of an acoustical ceiling and painting among other jobs.  The Chanticlear Pizza and Grill also benefits from the former gas station’s canopy which has been converted  into one of the best patio seating areas in the suburbs.

Head out to Chanticlear Pizza and Grill to experience quality food with a great dining experience.  The restaurant is located at 11706 Crooked Lake Boulevard NW in Coon Rapids, MN.   For additional information and specials, follow them on their Facebook page HERE

Gaughan Companies to Host New Tech Forward Eatery

Gaughan Companies- Diggity's Drive-Up

When you think burgers, fries and shakes, you probably don’t think high tech service. One of Gaughan’s newest tenants is looking to change all that with Diggity’s Drive Up.

On paper, Diggity’s is your classic burger shack served with a heaping helping of Americana. Unlike the drive ups of yesterday, you won’t find any rollerskating candy stripers whisking away orders to hungry patrons. In fact, you won’t find any servers at all.
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Gaughan Companies Attends The Blue Book Network Showcase

Gaughan Attends Blue Book Network Showcase

On April 22, we had a chance to meet with some of the best vendors in the Minneapolis construction community at The Blue Book Network Showcase. The Blue Book Network is the largest and most active network in the commercial construction industry, with members ranging from General Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Building Owners, Real Estate Developers, Property Managers and Government Agencies.

With all the services we provide at Gaughan Companies, The Blue Book Network is definitely the right place for us to showcase what we can offer our community. We had the opportunity to meet with over 100 different Minneapolis vendors from multiples fields and build the relationships to provide a greater level or service for our customers.

Gaughan Companies Offers Refreshed Space for a Revived Community

Not long ago, the historic All Saints Church in Northeast Minneapolis was on the verge of complete closure. But with the recent addition of two new priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter the congregation has more than tripled just as the church celebrates it’s 100th anniversary.

To help support this new growth and activity, Gaughan Companies is helping the community refurbish their former elementary school at 434 5th Street Northeast to make way for neighborhood events and programming. The building sits adjacent to the century old church and hasn’t seen use in many years.

Our Construction Services team has been on site renovating the dormant schoolhouse, repairing water damage, and preparing the building to accommodate a new wave of new usage.

Check out the progress over at our Facebook page and stay tuned to see what projects we take on next.