Jim Stanton, a leading builder of suburban homes and downtown lofts, dies at 81

Jim Stanton, a prolific real estate developer who shaped Twin Cities suburbs over the last 40 years and led the makeover of downtown Minneapolis more recently, died Saturday. He was 81.

Stanton began his career in real estate more than 55 years ago and started developing properties in the 1970s. For many years, he concentrated on the suburbs, building vast tracts of single family homes in places like Coon Rapids and Lakeville.

Over the past decade or so, he concentrated on Minneapolis, building nine condo projects including Bridgewater Lofts, Stonebridge and Portland Tower, which is still under construction.

“As one of the metro area’s most influential builders and developers, Jim leaves a legacy throughout the Twin Cities with a diverse portfolio that included developing lots, building homes, and recently bringing condos to Minneapolis,” David Siegel, executive director of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, said in a statement.

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