Dayton’s Project announces first office tenant

On Tuesday, Dayton’s Project announced its first major office space tenant for the reinvented modern office spaces in Minneapolis.

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), a firm that deals with consulting, strategy and transactions and tax services, will be the new first tenant of the project. EY US has more than 700 locations in over 150 countries, including about 800 professionals in Minneapolis.

To get a look inside the Dayton’s Project in downtown Minneapolis, KSTP reporter Joe Mazan got a peek of the former department store turned to office, retail and entertainment space last fall. Click here to see how the inside of the Dayton’s Project looks.

Dayton’s Project said EY US will lease 30,536 square feet on the fifth floor, and they plan to move into the space this fall.

"We’ve chosen to stay in downtown Minneapolis as part of our ongoing commitment to the community and to the market as we continue to grow and expand in Minnesota," said Mike O’Leary, Minneapolis office managing partner, EY US. "Our firm is incredibly excited to make our new Minneapolis home in The Dayton’s Project. It’s an iconic building that elicits fond and nostalgic memories for so many Minnesotans and has historic significance to the entire community and our firm — especially as we commit to continue our over 100-year-old presence in downtown Minneapolis. At the same time, the remarkable technology, collaboration space and digital innovation that has gone into the building embodies our future as we continue to be leaders helping companies transform in a rapidly changing environment. As the future of work continues to be defined, we are passionately focused on the continued well-being of our employees through the usage of healthy building technologies and continuing to offer flexible work environments and resources to our professionals."

The Dayton’s Project is 12 stories high and features modern office, dining and retail spaces, including a 45,000 square-foot food hall curated by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern.

The multi-million dollar project has been in the works for years.