Target lays groundwork for bigger Brooklyn Park campus

Target is laying the regulatory groundwork for a potentially larger Brooklyn Park campus than what the city has already approved.

The retailer is now proposing about 1.7 million square feet of office space at its North Campus in Brooklyn Park. That’s about 200,000 square feet more than Target’s prior plan. The plan must undergo an environmental review.

The city’s economic and redevelopment director, Jason Aarsvold, says the new proposal does not necessarily mean Target will add office space.

They still have to come in and submit plans for what they’re actually going to build. So this is just laying out parameters for the amount of development that could occur on the site.

Aarsvold says it’s not clear if Target’s presence is already boosting economic activity in the area. But that’s the hope for the future.

Target is moving about 3,900 workers from its downtown Minneapolis headquarters to its campus in Brooklyn Park over the next two years.

Here’s what Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in an email:

Due to continued, steady growth, Target has outgrown the company’s available downtown Minneapolis space. Therefore, as a part of our strategic, long-term growth planning, Target will begin to develop a corporate technology campus on our Brooklyn Park site.

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