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An unassuming cream-yellow building in Edina was home to the hottest sounds in America in the late ’80s, and now it’s slated for demolition. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis ran their Flyte Tyme Studios there for 15 years, from when they moved to Edina from a smaller Minneapolis studio in 1988 until they left in 2003 and moved out to L.A.

The building served as a school for many of the intervening years, and it just reopened as a rentable studio space in January. Jason Miller, who manages the facility now known as Runway Studios, said that he and the studio owners (Richard McCalley and Matt Hanson) always knew the building could be sold and redeveloped at any time.

“At least we get to take the building and go out with a bang,” he said this morning, standing in one of the studios’ control rooms. “Celebrate it, make people aware of it. I think it’s cool that we have this time. There’s going to be about a year’s worth of more memories, more projects. We’ve been having some parties.” Read more from The Current.

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