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Community Center Northwest of Rochester (Empowerment Center)

A project for homeless families in the Rochester area is seeking funding for what the planners are calling the "Empowerment Center" to be housed in a former elementary school. Center City Housing Corp., a nonprofit based in Duluth, announced Thursday that more than 80 percent of those that participated in a campaign planning study support the idea of turning the East Gage School site into a community center, to be called the Empowerment Center.

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About the project


Impacts: 

Basic Needs, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing   Sports, Recreation, Nature   Financial Stress/Homelessness

Collaborators

Contact: Nancy Cashmen ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: Center City Housing

Collaborators: Center City Housing ; Family Service Rochester ; Lutheran Social Service (LSS) in Rochester ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority ; Rochester Public Schools ; Workforce Development Inc

Related Projects

2016-2020 Housing Framework ; Gage East Apartments

 

Detailed Description

The plan is to renovate the ex-school to house agencies that offer services to aid the tenants of the apartment complex. That means groups like Family Service Rochester, Workforce Development Inc., Olmsted County Community Services and more will rent space within the complex, which will be called the Empowerment Center.

A capital campaign, led by Rochester restaurateur Joe Powers and Post-Bulletin Publisher Randy Chapman, has been launched to raise $2.5 million to renovate the building. The renovations will include a new roof, a new HVAC system, upgrades to the bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, upgrades to the entrances, painting, and resurfacing the parking lot.

 


Status/News

 


Related PlanScape Status

Basic Needs, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing  

January 17, 2019: Affordable Housing Proposal

The City of Rochester is looking to have up to 10 floors of housing constructed on top of a brand new 650 unit parking ramp.

This is in both a targeted census tract, an opportunity zone and a couple blocks from the Mayo Clinic. The city spent an addition $500k to ensure footings could serve up to 10 addition levels of housing.

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January 15, 2019: Bloom Reconsiders Second Phases of Riverfront Project

"Bloom International Realty may be rethinking plans to build the second phase of its $230 million riverfront development in downtown Rochester.

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January 14, 2019: Rochester Area Volunteer Meeting Calendar

2019 Meeting Calendar and List of agencies participated in April 12, 2018 Community Volunteer Fair.

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January 14, 2019: City of Rochester Vision, Principles and Priorities

City Council COW was shown this Rochester Vision Document. 

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January 12, 2019: Open Beam: A "For Purpose" Entity

OpenBeam (being evolved by Al Lun and Erik Lundquist) is exploring to use the PowerShift extension of Holacracy to build out a for-purpose organization that features radically transparent organizational structure designed to be devoid of traditional territorial, ego-centric, command-and-control bureaucratic structure. 

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December 19, 2018: CHNA Meeting and News

December 13, 2018 CHNA meeting minutes. 

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December 12, 2018: History Center to present Traveling While Black

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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December 11, 2018: Community for Health Workgroup Log

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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December 09, 2018: Collective Impact Model to enable Housing Coalition

11/13/2018 Housing Coalition meeting starting a series of conversations regarding the future and role of the housing alliance in our community.  To start these conversations, Elaine Case will be presenting on the Community Impact model.

 

 

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November 21, 2018: Olmsted County Complete Count 2020 Planning Kickoff

Invitation from Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner & Chair of Olmsted County Complete Count Committee

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November 20, 2018: Action Groups being formed

Action Groups being formed to make progress on: Health Insurance; IT: Tech Support; Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services

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