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PHOTOS: Downtown East development underway in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Work begins on land around the new Vikings stadium on Tuesday that encompasses five city blocks in downtown Minneapolis.

The $400 million Downtown East Project, run by Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies, will build apartments, office space and a park that serves as the stadium’s front yard. The development will be connected via the Minneapolis skyway system. The project is expected to be complete in spring of 2016 -- three months before the stadium is done.

BY THE NUMBERS

-5 city blocks

-$400M project

-1.2 million square feet of office space

-Two 17-story office buildings with up to 6,000-employee capacity

-28,000 square feet of retail

-Over 400 residential units

-Over 4 acres of green space

-1,000 construction jobs created by the project

-2-year construction timeline

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