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The Dayton's Project: Here's what the former downtown Macy's will look like

It's called The Dayton's Project. Talk about nostalgia.

It looks like you can call the downtown Minneapolis Macy's building "Dayton's" again. 

Earlier this month, some leaked images gave us a peak at the plans for the redesign of the historic Nicollet Mall building. And on Monday, developers confirmed details and officially launched The Dayton's Project.

The huge building (it's 12 stories, totaling about 1.2 million square feet) will have a food hall, restaurants and retail space on the first two floors that will offer an "ever-changing array" of entertainment options for days, nights and weekends, a news release says

The upper levels of the building will be for office space, which will include a full-service gym, a rooftop park, a winter lounge and a library. (See more photos here.)

No tenants for the building have been announced, but the groups behind The Dayton's Project say they're seeing "strong interest" from potential tenants. 

Leasing for the building is underway now, with the building expected to be finished for summer 2019. Although office space will be available as early as 2018. 

Talk about nostalgia

For most Minnesotans, the building on Nicollet Avenue will always be Dayton's – home to the headquarters and flagship store of Dayton's, and of course the annual holiday displays

The Dayton's Project is named for the building's long history, adding some nostalgia for many.

The building opened as Dayton's in 1902 (expanding several times over the years), before being renamed Marshall Field's in 2001. It was changed to Macy's in September 2006. Then earlier this year, Macy's closed the store and sold the building to the current developers. 

Brin Whiting, the president of The Telos Group, which is among the companies leading the project, said they understand the building's "historical and cultural significance to the City of Minneapolis and the generations of Minnesotans who have experienced great memories here." 

The hope is through this project, they'll continue George Draper Dayton's legacy of excellence in a new way. 

"This project reflects the historical significance of the building while adding a respectful but progressive design to create dynamic and relevant environments for today's workforce and the downtown Minneapolis community," Steve Bieringer of Gensler Minneapolis, which is working on the redesign. 

The redesign of the building is "one of the largest adaptive redevelopments of an historic property in the nation," the news release notes. 

They're taking "particular care" to preserve and restore the historical aspects of the building, including the facade, the original JB Hudson space on the first floor, and the Art Deco women's room on the fourth floor, the release says. 

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