Wieland Block filling up with tenants

The dominoes have begun to fall at Wieland Block.

After a year with only one, small tenant, the 100,000-square-foot commercial and residential complex on East Superior Street could have up to four businesses move in this spring.

The businesses joining Justin Paul Salon & Spa could be: the offices and counseling services for the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment; offices for the McCarthy & Barnes Law Firm; and an office for an undisclosed business from the Twin Cities area, said Rob Link of A&L Properties.

The relocation of St. Luke’s P.S. Rudie Medical Clinic to Wieland Block was reported in September. The clinic will move into about 12,000 square feet later this spring.

An official with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment declined to comment on the move, but Link said they will probably take about 12,000 square feet. McCarthy & Barnes will use about 3,000. Details about the Twin Cities area business were not disclosed because the lease is still pending, Link said.

When Wieland Block has these tenants move in, the complex will be near 50 percent occupancy for its commercial space. There will be 35,000 square feet accounted for and 40,000 still available.

“We are well on our way,” said Link, whose business owns the $25 million refurbished complex.

Models for the 25,000 square feet in residential and residential/office condos will be available by mid-February, Link said.

9 thoughts on “Wieland Block filling up with tenants

  1. A&L doesn’t get it, never will. Who puts non-retail space on street level? Seriously!!! Not sure what part of city planning they don’t get but to increase traffic downtown, all space on street level needs to be retail. That draws people downtown to stroll and look at shops. Nothing about PS Rudie on the main level or a drug treatment place makes me want to stroll on East Superior street. Sigh, someone turn off the lights when the last person leaves Duluth.

  2. Bart, I am with you on this one. They could have targeted Chipotle, a Mongolian restaurant, Panera, Barnes and Noble, ANYTHING other than this stuff. It’s very sad because Old Downtown had so much promise – now I’m not so sure 🙁

  3. They will just lure these folks in with low rent, then jack it up like crazy in a year or two. The renovation was beautiful but it seems to me that the whole block was full of businesses beforehand and it looks pretty empty now.

  4. It’s true, they look great, especially the newer building with the little courtyard out front. Wouldn’t that have been a nice place for a coffee shop with little bistro tables? It makes no sense because this medical office should be on the second floor for patients to park at the tech center and take the new skywalk across and there they are, at the doctor. Now they have to find stairs or an elevator down to that level. Plus, you can see in that space from the lakewalk. Not very private.

  5. I am glad the building is filling-up. Tax base is tax base and with a 25M value, the taxes will be significant. I agree retail would be nice, but retail space in DT leases for so little it cannot float the boat. This is a terrific addition to DT and I hope it fills quickly. Bart, step-up and do your own development.

  6. They’re leasing space to whatever business has the money to rent it.

    Had a retail and/or food establishment stepped forward (remember, space *has* been available for a solid year now) prior to the present tenants’ leases being signed, they would be in the space, and not these admin/office folks.

    use your heads, folks.

    Dennis is spot on with his comment. Whatever the business, it’s bringing in money, and people are complaining.


  7. I’m glad it’s bringing in money – but for how long? Yes, it’s a good thing that even in this economy something is happening (at all) but it seems as if Duluth consistently is ten years too late. Those condominiums are probably gorgeous on the upper floors. But nobody wants to live downtown for their asking price – especially since you can live in MUCH more progressive, promising, safer downtown Minneapolis for half the cost and the benefits of a skyway system that’s connected to something and goes somewhere.

    I’m with the others. I don’t want to see a downtown location for detox programs or a junk-and-crap shop or used bait hooks or whatever – for example Anytime Fitness in the Plaza is trashed – nobody wants to go to it because it’s dirty, filthy and the location is terrible. The Wei. Building would have been perfect – clean, modern, an attractive, healthy business for something that would have looked good downtown. Even McDonald’s would be a good fit for that building.

    But again, this stuff should have happened 10-15 years ago. We’re always on the wrong end of everything. It continues to cost us money and residents.

  8. instead we should be happening in the first place. and, imo, at the right time. hopefully, we’re at the bottom of the real estate downturn, (the theory being that if a&l hasn’t lost his ass like so many of his contemporaries that built heavy before the crash) and duluth is poised to be (like it or not) a bedroom community not unlike cities back east surrounding NYC.

    the light rail *will* make it here, eventually. in some of the outer ring burbs north of Blaine are seeing the benefit of the expanding rail system, and we will too in the future.

    face it, manufacturing is a myth, thanks to organizations like the WTO and NAFTA style trade agreements…so the notion that bringing some other sort of industry to the area besides mining is a bit dated and obsolete. What recourse do we have aside form tourism and the unis here to sustain our local economy? I dislike beacon pointe and the rest of the “entitled class” condos cluttering our gorgeous skyline and scenery as much as the next guy but…as empty as they are now, they will be teeming with year round residents who commute between duluth and the cities via rail in the very near future.

    Sidebar @ Jon: i work just down the street from Anytime and the place is jam packed every time i walk by there.

  9. I read the comments above and thought the same thing ezra did. And Jon: This type of thing did happen 10-15 years ago in Duluth, it’s called Canal Park, Duluth Tech Village, and the Lakewalk. Those are BIG things. And they are still happening. Now you have this A&L project, Shermans project, the Zeppa project AND lots of smaller but important rehabs like the Greysolon, the Sola’s project, the Fetus renovation, Carmody, and the Charter Building. What’s next? Carlson books? The white antiques building? The Casino? Seriously, give credit where credit is due. (or obsess about not having a chain burrito joint)

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