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December 29, 2013

Top 10 stories, No. 3: Construction boomed in Mankato in 2013

Mankato construction already up by 30 percent


A strip mall near MSU, across from CVS, saw a total renovation this year, with apartments added on top and retail space on the ground floor that includes Massad's and Yu's Chinese Cuisine.

The city also saw the construction or renovation of other strip malls and construction of several apartment complexes.

As big as the year has been, 2014 promises to be even bigger.

A large area of land behind Madison East Center was cleared this summer, preparing for development of upper-end apartments as well as office and commercial buildings. As part of the project, the city completed an long-hoped-for extension of Adams Street behind Madison East Center.

But the biggest project to get underway next spring will be the Wal-Mart distribution center, scheduled to open in 2015.

It will be the biggest private building project in Mankato since the River Hills Mall.

City officials are estimating the project will cost between $25 million and $35 million.

The 420,000-square-foot facility, which will store and distribute perishable food products to Wal-Mart stores throughout the Upper Midwest, is only the first of two phases Wal-Mart has planned for the land it purchased in 2005. Company officials plan to add a 400,000-square-foot dry goods distribution center in the future.

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