Issue on April 27, 2021
Contact:  Brenda Baumann, 218.452.1153,
Golden Sledgehammer Celebration Signifies Start of Construction
WARROAD, MINN – The Warroad downtown district will undergo a transformation over the next 18 months as work begins to renovate four old, dilapidated buildings on Main Avenue into a charming, updated streetscape.  Completion is targeted for Summer 2023.
The owner, Warroad Real Estate, LLC hired JLG Architects to reimagine a portion of the city block to preserve the local history of the buildings while giving them a modern new life.  Mortenson Construction was chosen as the commercial builder.
To mark the start of construction, a Golden Sledgehammer Celebration was held on Tuesday, April 26.
Warroad Real Estate, LLC acquired the bank of four buildings with the intent to ready them for future entrepreneurs after previous building owners retired and relocated.  “Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Warroad, and what better place for future businesses to locate or relocate to add to the vibrancy in downtown Warroad,” said Brenda Baumann, co-project manager and executive director of the Discovery and Development Hub.
Over the past five years, Warroad has been undergoing a revitalization.  The most visible indicator is the number of new business start-ups along Highway 11 and in the downtown area. Some examples include The Plaid Walleye, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, Hampton Inn Warroad, the reopening of Daisy Garden and Joe’s Place and Lake of the Woods Coffee Company to name several.
“The heart of the city is the downtown district, and we are very excited about the Main Avenue Redevelopment and its potential to add more places to shop, explore or dine in Warroad,” said Mayor Bob Marvin.
This 38,200 square foot redevelopment project includes space for a restaurant as an anchor tenant, open floor plan commercial spaces, and a mix of 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom well-designed, market-rate apartments on the second story.
For leasing information contact Brenda Baumann at the Discovery and Development Hub.  218.386.4148 or
Warroad Real Estate, LLC is a subsidiary of Marvin®.  Established in 2016 to help strengthen and support the community of Warroad with opportunistic land acquisitions that benefit the community and its future.
ABOUT JLG ARCHITECTS – Design for Life ®
JLG Architects is an award-winning architectural firm focused on design that goes beyond the building to connect people and build communities that drive resilient features.  JLG’s 150 employee-owners, including our dedicated JLG community Practice Studio, are committed to architectural solutions that engage its occupants, elevate architectural standards, and enrich the lives of our clients and community.
Mortenson is a Minnesota-based, family-owned organization built on strong values and a commitment to making a difference in the communities in which it works. Founded in 1954, Mortenson offers a complete range of construction and development services and is currently ranked as the 18th largest contractor in the United States.