Demolition of the westernmost building of Shutterfly’s two-building campus north of Interstate 494, along Viking Drive, is underway.
Under a plan approved by the Eden Prairie City Council in December 2021, the company will keep the area open and green for its employees to enjoy once the building is removed.
The campus was built in 1997 by Lifetouch, which was purchased by Shutterfly in 2018. Lifetouch was a leader in school photography, and much of the building being demolished contained empty studio space that is no longer used.
In 2021, the company said that the targeted building – which is linked to Shutterfly’s eastern building with a small, connecting structure that serves as the campus entrance – couldn’t easily be leased to another company because it has only a small amount of parking built to reflect its unique, low-scale use.
The demolition will reduce Shutterfly’s campus from 258,850 square feet to 142,165 square feet. The piece that connected the two buildings will remain. It will be remodeled better to suit the remaining building and new green space.
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