Neighborhoods Surrounding Midtown Exchange Express Strong
Support for Access and Allina
to Minneapolis City Council submitted by presidents
of neighborhood organizations
Allina headquarters at the former Sears site
would solidify the 1.2 million-square-foot Midtown
Exchange development proposed by Ryan Companies.
Allina would be the anchor tenant required to
allow the site to be developed faster and with
less risk of the development failing. Sears has
been vacant for too long. A decision by Allina
to locate here would be crucial to our remarkable
and difficult neighborhood turnaround story."
LAKE STREET’S “MALL OF AMERICA”
Our urban south Minneapolis communities have unraveled
over the past 45 years producing at-risk neighborhoods.
The reweaving process involves not only looking realistically
at the problems but working together with national and
local resources to build on the existing assets. Major
corporate, government and neighborhood/private business
initiated commitments have been made to south Minneapolis
in the past 10 years. Here are some of the significant,
“industrial-strength” commitments that have
happened and are happening:
Portland Place - $13M – investment
by Honeywell to build 54 mixed-income homes.
Joseph Selvaggio Initiative - $7M –
housing renovation in an eight-block area west of Abbott
Phillips Park Housing Initiative - $15M
– funded by Lutheran Social Services and the Phillips
Eye Institute – 29 new homeownership townhouses
and property improvement.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - $175M –
to renovate and build their campus for 4,400 jobs –
many from our neighborhoods.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital - $200M
– to build a world-class facility for its cardiology,
neurology, orthopedics and spine programs, and campus
Midtown Greenway/Bikeway and Transit Linkage
- $20M – being developed by Hennepin
County using the former Soo Line Railroad corridor.
Colin Powell Youth Leadership Campus - $20M
– soccer fields and a program center being developed
by Urban Ventures at 4th Avenue and Lake Street
Hope Community - $13M – for 60
units of affordable housing at Children’s Village
Center and Hope Community Court and campus development
at Franklin and Portland Avenue.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics - $20M
– ambulatory and surgical expansion specializing
in kids and parking ramp facility.
Midtown Phillips - $6M – vacant
lot reduction program with construction of 40 new single-family
homes in the last four years.
Intersection at Bloomington and Lake Street
Redevelopment - $17M –
- El Mercado Central with 47 small Latino businesses
- Antiques Minnesota Building for medium-sized business
and theater - $3.9M
- MeGusta restaurant - $2M
- Jose Lala grocery store - $1.5M
- Guayaquil Ecuadorian restaurant - $1.5M
- East Phillips Commons - $7M – 36 affordable
Minneapolis Council of Churches - $4.5M –
Division of Indian Works and the Russ Ewald Center for
Urban Service on Lake Street.
Gesco Construction, Inc. - $19M –
scattered privately developed housing in the Phillips
neighborhood by local minority-owned contractor.
These and other combined efforts are significant and
are designed to act as serious seed projects that will
see the rebirth of south Minneapolis to be once again
livable, sustainable and safe. There is one major area
that remains as a sinkhole until completion: The
Sears Complex . . . .the former Lake Street
“Mall of America.”
Allina is going to relocate its headquarters. One of
their options is the former Sears building. Allina,
Abbott Northwestern and the Phillips Eye Institute have
long been part of the community healing story of south
Minneapolis. Crime rates are lower and poverty is less
concentrated because of this health community’s
leadership and investment. Together with PPL they have
produced a training program that gives many people in
our communities living-wage jobs with benefits.
The Allina headquarters at the former Sears site would
solidify the 1.2 million-square-foot Midtown Exchange
development proposed by Ryan Companies. Allina would
be the anchor tenant required to allow the site to be
developed faster and with less risk of the development
failing. Sears has been vacant for too long. A decision
by Allina to locate here would be crucial to our remarkable
and difficult neighborhood turnaround story.
The neighborhoods that surround the former Sears site
overwhelmingly support Allina locating here. All four
neighborhoods, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West, Central
and Powderhorn Park have passed resolutions supporting
Allina locating here. We all would like to see the former
Sears site developed with a high number of jobs, including
the 1,250 professional jobs that would come with Allina.
As leaders of the four neighborhoods that intersect
at the former Sears site, we want our city leaders to
know and appreciate that our community organizations
overwhelmingly support Allina locating here. We ask
that the Mayor and the City Council do everything in
their power to persuade Allina to choose south Minneapolis
for its corporate home. We also support Allina’s
requirement that the City support the 35W/Lake Street
Access Project as one of the conditions for picking
Sears. We believe it is time for the City Council vote
to support this project.
This is an exciting time in south Minneapolis and these
are crucial foundational projects that can continue
the process of once again having a thriving set of communities.