We, the neighborhoods surrounding the Wells Fargo site at 31st & Nicollet, want to engage community members in picturing a vibrant, integrated cultural and economic area that offer opportunities for residents to shop, learn, engage, build skills, build wealth, and build connections in community.
We are seeking: renters, seniors, youth, BIPOC, those living in affordable housing, those who used to live in affordable housing, those concerned about housing prices, those who are unhoused, those who are looking for work and training, and those who have been trained and work as planners, architects, nonprofit managers, business owners, artists, and entrepreneurs, + people who speak different languages, practice different religions, and come from different cultures and call this city their home. Essentially we need EVERYONE to share their vision and ideas for what will make Lake and Nicollet a thriving community that will empower low-income residents and help them gain and retain wealth.
Stipends valued at $150.00 are available for community members to do this work!
Wells Fargo has selected a developer and is selling the land to Project for Pride in Living (PPL). The development of the 2-acre site will include at least 200 units of affordable housing, commercial space, and a branch bank of Wells Fargo. The dates for the virtual community engagement sessions are:
- June 3
July 8 (planned for in-person, on site)
July 22 (planned for in-person, on site)
Community Presentation in September: TBD
There is a community engagement team, The Cultural Wellness Center, that is working with PPL to design a broad process focused on designing this site (and the larger area) to meet this vision. They have engaged the surrounding neighborhood associations to help them identify Stakeholders willing to participate in this process.
We are seeking neighbors who will commit to being visible leaders on this project by:
1) attending every meeting (or viewing the recording of each session, if necessary),
2) taking the information and questions back from the sessions to their self-identified Stakeholder group,
3) bringing information and questions back from their community to the Community Engagement Team.