Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic Square.

Downtown Minneapolis’ Mayo Clinic Square now open

The area formerly known as "Block E" had its first public viewing last week

By Rachel Burnham
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Mayo Clinic Square had its first major public viewing with Hennepin Theatre Trust’s launch event for Intersections: Made Here, a downtown Minneapolis art gallery. The event, which is the largest art-in-storefronts initiative in the country, featured a thirty-window series with pieces by 58 Minnesota artists. Serving as a bridge between the arts and business warehouse districts, Mayo Clinic Square was the final spot during the walking tours that highlighted the local artists.

Located at 600 Hennepin Avenue, the Mayo Clinic Square has just recently opened in the property formerly known as “Block E” (you can read more about the original plans for this block here). The space has been transformed both internally and externally with funding from Provident Real Estate Ventures, LLC. The redevelopment was designed by RSP Architects and now includes Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, along with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx teams as tenants.

“Mayo Clinic Square has undergone a carefully orchestrated and dramatic transformation. Our mission is to add long-term vitality to this great location in downtown Minneapolis,” said Phillip Jaffe, Principal and CEO of Provident Real Estate Ventures and the Asset Manager for Camelot LLC, in a recent statement.

Camelot purchased the former retail and entertainment center through private funding back in July of 2010. In the meantime, an additional $50 million has been invested into the space to create a unique, highly energized office and retail center for downtown Minneapolis.

RSP Architects will be installing design boards at Mayo Clinic Square this week. The boards will interactively tell the unique and innovative design story and materials that were used in the redevelopment and transformation of the old E Block space. The MCS leasing group is still working to fill the first floor with restaurants and second floor with office tenants. The art series, Intersections: Made Here, will continue to be on display at Mayo Clinic Square throughout the summer and into September.