Wellington began assembling land adjacent to the Minneapolis Prospect Park neighborhood in the late 1990s for the Westgate Station development district in St. Paul. This included the $4.5M acquisition of the Court West office building in 1999. The five-story office building (56,000 SF) was originally built in 1950 for the Minnesota Hospital Association. An extensive $4.8M renovation followed, with leasing targeted at local non-profit organizations. The building is currently 98% leased to Prepare + Prosper, The Trust for Public Land, Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, among others.
In 2003, the company launched the award-winning Emerald Gardens condominium community (212 units). The $55M four-building development was followed by the $14M Metro Lofts condo development (67 units) in 2006. Both projects benefited from the addition of the Green Line light rail along University, which opened in 2014. In addition, Wellington partnered with two apartment developers: Dominium constructed the $50M 808 Berry Apartment project (267 units) in 2004 and Flaherty & Collins constructed its $51M 2700 University development (248 units) in 2015. In total, these four projects added over 900 TOD housing units adjacent to the Westgate station stop.
Future plans include relocating Wellington's headquarters to the ground floor of a seven-story apartment building (est. 170 market-rate units) located at Franklin Avenue and Curfew Street immediately east of Dominium’s 808 Berry project. The investment will be Wellington’s fourth development in the dynamic Westgate Station district.