First Ward November Newsletter

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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November 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201

Email:
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov

Neighborhoods

Audubon Park
Columbia Park
Como
Holland
Logan Park
Marshall Terrace
Mid-City Industrial
Northeast Park
Waite Park
Windom Park

City of Lakes

Council Member's Message

Back in 2011 local company Theatre Pro Rata staged a production of “Waiting for Godot” in the Hollywood Theater. That event was the first of several unique re-uses of the Hollywood, including a theater production by Savage Umbrella, several high fashion photo shoots, a short film Golden Hour, concerts, various music videos, and an episode of Minnesota Original featuring Mason Jennings. The City encouraged these uses to raise awareness of the potential of this historic resource as a development opportunity.

This strategy, along with a disciplined approach to developer approval and staged rehabilitation plan, has successfully positioned the Hollywood for its next 80 years and reinforces Northeast's image as a place to do unique and creative things. After sitting empty for decades, the iconic theater is being launched on a new path. Local developer Andrew Volna, whose previous work includes the Clockwork Active and Apiary buildings, closed on the purchase of the property from the City of Minneapolis on October 8. He intends to complete restoration of the building’s historic elements, as well as undertake renovations that will allow the property to host creative office space.

The Hollywood closed in 1987 and was purchased by the City of Minneapolis in 1993. Volna was granted exclusive development rights in 2012. Working with Preservation Design Works, LLC, he was successful in getting the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and then winning a Legacy grant of $262,208 from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to assist with preservation work on the building. The remainder of the significant amount of preservation and renovation work will be privately funded.

This result is a win for the many Hollywood Theater supporters from the Audubon Park neighborhood and all of Ward One. The combination of careful preservation and adaptive reuse that's planned for the Hollywood will ensure that this important historic site is sustained for future generations of Eastsiders as a dynamic resource.

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