Archdiocese to move into historic 3M headquarters

The Catholic Spirit

Maria Wiering | February 29, 2016

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis plans to move is central corporation offices to the 3M Company’s former headquarters in St. Paul. The archdiocese signed a lease Feb. 29 for the 75,000 square foot building in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, northeast of downtown.

Built in 1939, the building at 777 Forest St. N. served as 3M’s headquarters from 1940-1962. It is part of the Beacon Bluff Business Park, which is under development by the St. Paul Port Authority. The St. Paul-based developer Exeter Group owns the building. The lease is subject to bankruptcy court approval, and its terms with renovation costs are also subject to archdiocesan and landlord approval. The archdiocese, which has 140 employees, does not expect to finalize anticipated renovation costs until mid-May.

In an email to archdiocesan employees, Father Charles Lachowitzer, the archdiocese’s moderator of the curia, said he expects the central corporation will move to its new offices in late fall. Archdiocesan leaders have been searching for new offices for more than a year.

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