A new office building is proposed next door to a prominent real estate firm’s complex.

DK Fox Hill LLC, a Rochester development firm spearheaded by John Klopp, is moving though the early city permitting process to construct a one-story, 5,870-square-foot office building on the corner of Fox Valley Drive Southwest and the North Frontage Road of Salem Road Southwest.

That puts the proposed complex just adjacent to Edina Realty‘s Rochester office complex at 1301 Salem Road SW. DK Fox Hill and Klopp also own that two-story building, which underwent a major renovation in 2018.

Plans for the new building, called the Edina West Building, show it being built on a 6.52-acre site in the wooded area between the Fox Valley Drive neighborhood and the T.J. Maxx and More Plaza.

If built as proposed, the parking lot of the Edina Realty building will be extended into an S-shape to serve as one lot for both complexes.

Early paperwork on this project was started last year, but detailed plans for the Edina West building were just filed last week as part of a conditional-use permit request.

DK Fox, which has developed much of that area through the years, purchased the now 23-year-old Edina Realty building for $3.5 million from the James D. Nelson Family Trust of Clear Lake, Iowa, in 2011.

Depending on the permitting process, it’s possible that work on the site could begin this summer or fall.

Biz buzz

The word bubbling around the Med City in these early summer days is that a real estate deal is pouring ahead for an empty northwest Rochester industrial complex.

If it happens, it could mean a new home for a longtime area company in a 61-year-old building.

I’ll keep tracking this to see if the speculation is right as rain or if it will go flat.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to jkiger@postbulletin.com.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."