St. Scholastica shows off new building planned for BlueStone Commons

The new Health and Science Pavilion building planned for BlueStone Commons | College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica has officially unvieled their plans for a new building at the successful BlueStone Commons development off Woodland Avenue in Duluth.

The Duluth News Tribune shed light on the project that will be called the Health and Science Pavilion and will be constructed on the site that formerly was home to the Woodland Middle School. The college will hold an official ground breaking ceremony today for the new $17.1 million project which is expected to open by Summer 2016.

Standing three stories tall, the 45,000 square foot building will be home to the graduate occupational and physical therapy programs that the college currently houses on their main campus. There is hope that a new physician assitant program also will call the building home if accrediation is achieved by next summer. However, the building will be more than just a space for learning.

Located within the building will also be the Maurices Community Clinic, a free on-site clinic that was made possible by a generous donation from maurices corporation. The programs within the building will offer services through the clinic allowing the students to have real life experiences pertaining to the education just floors blow.

WHY BLUESTONE?

Now there have been a few questions regarding why The College of St. Scholastica would build a building closer to UMD than their own campus. Well, if you look at the BlueStone Commons development as a whole then you'll notice it clearly is a perfect fit.

With BlueStone Lofts finished and filled with residents, the new BlueStone Flats under construction, and the wildly successful retail component of the BlueStone Commons development, the Shops at BlueStone, completing it's third phase within the month, it's clear this is the place to be.

It also makes sense when you consider the fact that most of the residents within the residential buildings at BlueStone Commons are graduate students, the same people in which would enroll in the programs offered at the new Health and Science Pavilion.

MORE DETAILS

While the St. Scholastica's development will take up a large space of the remaining land available at BlueStone Commons, developer Mark Lambert is not done yet.

BlueStone Vue will be the next residential building to be constructed directly next door the St. Scholastica's new building. The will also be additional retail space added to the Shops at BlueStone (most likely within the BlueStone Vue project itself). BlueStone Vue is expected to begin construction in late 2016 with completion expected in Fall 2017.

 

 

Three retail spaces leased for the Shops at BlueStone Phase III

The first three of six planned businesses that will call the Shops at BlueStone Phase III have been released. The third phase for the retail portion of the BlueStone development is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in Spring 2015.

Following the overwhemingly successful first two phases of the Shops at Bluestone, which are 100% leased and thriving, the second phase will add about 40% more retail space to the site. The third phase of development consists of two retail buildings on the corner of Woodland Avenue and East Clover Street. The buildings together will house around 10,500 square feet of retail space.

Above: Phase three of the project currently be developed.   (Image provided by the Shops at Bluestone)

Above: Phase three of the project currently be developed. (Image provided by the Shops at Bluestone)

So now onto the signed leases and what you started reading this post for. It was confirmed this past week that three retailers will officially call the third phase home. They will be... drumroll please...

Jimmy Johns, which will be the city of Duluth's third location, Pearl Nails and Spa, which will be owned an operated by the same owner as Diamond Nails on Central Entrance, and Members Cooperative Credit Union which currently has two other Duluth locations.

Three additional retail spaces are still available within the project. Currently there are said to be negotiations underway for each of those spaces with an announcement soon to come. Construction also will begin early next year on the second phase of housing for the BlueStone development called "BlueStone Flats." More information regarding that project will be at your finger tips soon.

As always, check back to CDINDULUTH for more news regarding this development and others within the Twin Ports.


Our Guesses

So what in the world could those three mystery tenants be? Who knows. But what retailers or restaurants could be on the list of contenders... there's some logical choices. Here's what we think could be some possibilities. 

There's been talk of Noodles and Company looking for a second Duluth location ever since their wildly successful first location opened last year in the Miller Hill Mall and let's be honest, who loves noodles more than college students? No one. 

Panera Bread also at one point stated that they had a potential location in the works for a spot near the college campuses along Woodland Avenue. This seems like the best spot possible for Panera Bread and there is still a considerable amount of space left which would be perfectly suitable to house a Panera Bread.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop would be another logical choice as they LOVE to go in developments near colleges. There have been a few sources stating that the company is looking to expand to the Duluth area, however no official plans regarding expansion have been made public.

Other various business types that we see filling the spaces would be a tanning shop of some sort or a shipping place along the lines of FedEx Office or The UPS Store.

To be honest though... the possibilities are endless. What we do know is that space within the Shops at BlueStone won't be available for long and that the third phase most likely will be 100% leased upon opening as was the first two phases. It seems as the BlueStone development continues to grow that the Shops at BlueStone continues to prove that it is one of the hottest, if not THE hottest, retail development spots within the Twin Ports.