Growing Minneapolis March: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development

Growing MPLS

March 2018

CPED's Mission: Grow a vibrant, livable, safely built city for everyone. 


Love From LynLake 

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m. 

In the “Love from LynLake” game, players have two weeks to take the streets, hopping from place to place completing “challenges” at participating restaurants, shops, bars, salons, fitness studios, clinics, theaters, coffee shops and more. Like a bingo card, players connect a row, column, diagonal or 15 random squares. Completed cards enter a raffle for prizes.

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Minneapolis Music History Engagement Event 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Capri Theater 
2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis

This open house event will provide information on the Minneapolis Music History project and it is also intended to gather public input and shared memories of the historical music scene in Minneapolis. There will be a short tour of the Capri Theater, rare images of music in Minneapolis and other memorabilia, and light appetizers. Let's let music bring the community together.

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Northside Housing Fair

Saturday, March 24, 2018 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Lucy Craft Laney 
3333 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis 

The Cleveland Neighborhood Association is hosting the Northside Housing Fair as a one-stop-shop for all housing needs, whether you are a renter, homeowner, or anything in between. 

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In the News

Construction again topped $1 billion in Minneapolis during 2017

For the sixth year in a row, Minneapolis gave the green light to more than $1 billion in construction in 2017, the city announced Friday.

People are itching to live in the city, a news release said, and residential vacancy rates are scant. More than 2,000 new dwelling units got permits last year, and there’s a craving for new office space — especially in the North Loop and Uptown.

In 2017, the city locked down nearly $1.5 billion in construction permits, which came in under 2016’s almost $1.8 billion building permit valuation.

Read more in StarTribune

Woman Chefs and Restaurants Conference is Coming to Minneapolis

The national Women Chefs and Restaurateurs conference is being held in Minneapolis in April 21–23. WCR is a group dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in restaurants, and it's not just for chefs and cooks, its also for sommeliers, managers, owners, and anyone in the field. The conference is coming to Minneapolis to the Hewing Hotel this spring because Kim Bartmann, owner of the Bryant Lake Bowl, Book Club, the Red Stag and another dozen local spots is currently the President. 

Read more in FOODIE: The food & dining blog 

New food hall with rooftop patio planned for North Loop 

Even though food halls appear to be popping up all over the Twin Cities, there is a chance that another will open its doors soon in the North Loop.

The potential project, Graze Provisions & Libations, is the work of Ohio-based Derived Development Group, according to Minneapolis planning documents. It would be built just north of the 4th Street/5th Avenue N. intersection, near Target Field.

Read more in StarTribune

Downtown’s population grows by 6 percent as Minneapolis corporate workforce remains steady 

The population of downtown Minneapolis has grown to 43,456 and isn't showing signs of slowing.

The city’s core added 2,592 people in 2017, a 6 percent year-over-year increase, according to the Minneapolis Downtown Council. The downtown population has been on the upswing for more than a dozen years after clocking in at 30,000 residents in 2006.

Read more in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Here are the Twin Cities' 2018 James Beard Award semifinalists 

Newcomers like the reborn Grand Cafe (also a City Pages favorite) made the cut in several categories, while Hola Arepa's Christina Nguyen gets a nod for her latest effort, Hai Hai

Elsewhere, Spoon and Stable pastry chef Diane Yang is in the running for Outstanding Pastry Chef, while 112 Eatery's team is recognized for Outstanding Service. And, of course, several locals are semifinalists for Best Chef: Midwest.

Here are the Minneapolis-St. Paul semifinalist nominees in full:

Read more in City Pages

Twin Cities' top restaurant, chef and more named at local Charlie Awards 

The winners of the 2018 Charlie Awards were announced Sunday afternoon at the Pantages Theatre, decorating individuals from Young Joni, Bellecour, Saint Dinette and more.

The seventh annual awards celebrate the best of the Twin Cities food and beverage community – the local answer to the popular national James Beard Awards.

Read more in StarTribune

The Capri will undergo a major transformation in 2018 

The theater Prince first performed at will soon get a multi-million dollar renovation.

The Capri Theater Expansion development, an addition to the current theater at 2027 West Broadway Ave. N, is planned to break ground this September. After a yearlong building process, the prominent new building is anticipated to open in the fall of 2019, just in time to serve students from the Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC) when school starts.

This is the second major investment that PCYC, which owns the Capri, will make in the theater since it assumed control of it in the mid-80s. 

Though the stage Prince once stood on will be preserved, the rest of the theater will get a massive makeover. A brand-new set of seats will be installed and significant lighting and acoustic updates will be made. 

Read more in North News

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Business Profile: Hmong Handicrafts

Photo collage of Hmong Handicrafts
Left to right: quilts and pillows each with a unique pattern and color sequence, owner Ly Vang posing in front of his store, a handmade blanket embroidered with the nation of Laos. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

Hmong Handicrafts, located in the Midtown Global Market, is a colorful business with beautiful items that have the Hmong culture woven in every stitch of fabric. In addition to the unique arts and crafts, you will find the owner Ly Vang is happy to share the history of the Hmong culture. This family-owned business has a history of its own: over 25 years ago, Ly began helping his mother create and sell Hmong crafts and homegrown vegetables at the Saint Paul Farmers Market. To this day, Ly, along with his brother and sister, sell his handmade crafts and their vegetables at the Farmers Market on the weekends.

In 2016, City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) partner, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) worked with Ly to find space at the Midtown Global Market and assisted with leasing and financial planning. 

Some of the popular Hmong handicraft items in the Midtown Global Market are purses, backpacks, and clothes created with recycled traditional Hmong clothing; and each item of clothing is from one of the vastly different regions of Laos. 

Minneapolis Launches New Business Portal

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Easy access to the Minneapolis Business Portal via computer and phone. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

The City of Minneapolis is excited to announce the launch of an online platform designed to make it easier for entrepreneurs and small business owners to do business in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Business Portal is aimed to connect these individuals to the information and resources needed to plan, launch, and grow a business.  

Some of the features include:

  • Comprehensive checklists for starting a business
  • Starter Guides for common business types
  • Centralized information on the regulatory process
  • Library of business support organizations and programs

Whether looking for funding opportunities or information on applying for a business license, this online tool prepares entrepreneurs for the steps in starting or growing their business in Minneapolis.

City Programs Support Small Business Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

photo of Pimento kitchen owner Tomme in front of food truck
Tomme Beevas and Zoe Thiel next to the Pimento Jamaican Kitchen food truck. (Souce: The City of Minneapolis Small Business and Innovation team)

The process to start and grow a business can be difficult. However, with the help of several City programs aimed at small business development, the owners of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen restaurant were able to successfully achieve their dreams.

In 2014, Tomme Beevas needed help getting his restaurant started. The City’s Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) provided that support through consultants at Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA). The team helped Tomme and his partners find and negotiate the future home of his restaurant space, located at 2524 Nicollet Ave. S on Eat Street.  To improve the building’s appearance and functionality, Tommee also received a facade matching grant from the City’s Great Streets program and he received a 2% Loan from the CPED’s small business financing program to help build out the space.  

In 2017, Beevas and co-owners Rohand Hugh and Yoni Reinharz decided they were ready to expand. The City’s Small Business Team helped them in navigating the regulatory and permitting process as they worked to add a patio in the back of the restaurant and determine how they could open a Jamaican rum bar in the space next door to the eatery. Learn more about Pimento’s work with the City.  

Heavy Table Magazine Reviews Mercado Central

Photo of Mercado Central food
Pozole from the food vendor, La Perla located inside Mercado Central. (Source: Becca Dilley / Heavy Table)

The City of Minneapolis Great Streets Business District Support program provided funding for Lake Street Council to hire Heavy Table, a creative magazine, to generate more positive press attention, specifically highlighting the corridor's rich diversity of eateries. One of Heavy Table’s recent articles is a review of the many unique restaurants inside Mercado Central:

“Chilaquiles!” The yell came from one of the many food vendors lining the hall that extends from the main dining area of Mercado Central. We were camped out at one of the tables there eagerly awaiting our call. “Pupusas revuelta!” came another yell. Sun poured into the bright, airy room. It was late morning on Saturday, and the place was abuzz with patrons shuffling trays filled with assorted Latin American fare, scooting chairs in and out as they jumped up to grab extra piles of napkins or a bottle of hot sauce. “Torta Hawaiiana!” There are no order numbers at the top of your receipt to go by. You just have to remember what you ordered and enjoy the action while you wait to hear that call from down the hall.

Read more in Heavy Table

Community Members Welcomed to Engage in the Minneapolis Music History Project

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Prince was recently featured as Minneapolis Music History project's Artist of the Week. (Source: Spotify)

To the music and history lovers out there, the City is leading an interactive Minneapolis Music History project to capture the important places, structures, and buildings that represent the history of music in Minneapolis. Music is a vital part of the city’s past and what Minneapolis is known for. Dating back 150 years of music history, the project looks to identify key sites that deserve a more intensive level of research. The project is made possible by a grant from the National Park Service.

Love discovering new artists and songs? Stay tuned weekly for the artist of the week; these artists reflect Minneapolis music history. Follow @Growingmpls on Twitter to stay updated on the “Artist of the Week,” along with the featured artist’s must-listen-to-song. 

Look on the Minneapolis Music History events page for upcoming events. Tuesday, March 20 is the next event. 

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center Set to Expand

Photo of a participant at the NorthPoint Expansion Event
Participant engaging with the Equity Crank at the 2040 Comprehensive Plan table. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

The Penn and Plymouth Community Meeting held on February 20, 2018 addressed the NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center’s Campus Expansion project. This health and social services center has existed in North Minneapolis for 50 years. The NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center is experiencing rapid growth and the expansion project will meet the need for a healthier community.

The department of Community Planning and Economic Development shared their resources and information on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and Minneapolis Homes program.  Other Penn-Plymouth partners (Estes Funeral Chapel, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, Minneapolis Urban League, Thor Development, Twin Cities LISC and University of Minnesota) shared their knowledge and materials at the event as well. 

Guide to Inclusive Hiring for Employees

photo of the hiring guide to inclusive hiring

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training recently updated the Guide to Inclusive Hiring for employers interested in exploring and evolving their hiring systems. Employers use the guide to proactively plan for talent acquisition by tapping into proven strategies and tactics.

Inclusive hiring is driven by diverse approaches to talent acquisition. Today’s successful organizations expand networks and design customized approaches to cultivate inclusion. The Guide offers employers a template for building on successful tactics, while also analyzing critical, higher-level factors. It serves as a hands-on tool for evaluating organizational performance along a spectrum, with leading practices clearly defined. The hiring cycle is broken into five components: planning, sourcing, evaluating, hiring and retaining.

The Guide may be viewed, downloaded and printed here.

The cover of the Minneapolis Inclusive Hiring Guide. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

Breaking Ground for the Construction of Green on 4th Apartment Homes

Photo of local leaders breaking ground for new apartment homes near Prospect Park
Local leaders breaking ground for the new apartment homes near Prospect Park. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

The future site of Green on Fourth apartment homes is located near the Prospect Park neighborhood at 2949 4th Street Southeast Minneapolis. The project will transform this former brownfield into affordable housing, green space, and a district storm water system. The apartment homes will provide 243 units with over 60 of those units restricted to households with incomes at and below 60 percent of the area median income. Of those income-restricted units, 49 will be available to households with incomes at and below 50 percent of the area median income.

Local leaders broke ground on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 on what used to be land of Boeser Sheet Metal. Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council remediated the land, paving the way for the new homes to be completed July of 2019. The City of Minneapolis collaborated with Timberland Partners and Prospect Park Properties to make this project possible. 

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